Nationwide extends Unisys deal to gain 25% processing power boost

Nationwide building society has overhauled its IT infrastructure with new mainframes provided by Unisys, under a five-year extension to its support and maintenance contract that is expected to provide a 25% increase in processing power.

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Nationwide building society has overhauled its IT infrastructure with new mainframes provided by Unisys, under a five-year extension to its support and maintenance contract that is expected to provide a 25% increase in processing power.

The deal includes an upgrade to the building society’s Unisys ClearPath Dorado mainframes at its Swindon technology centre and its Wellingborough development and disaster recovery centre.

The contract includes a “pay per use” clause that is expected to increase Nationwide’s processing capacity by a minimum of 25% - a boost aimed at providing a real-time infrastructure that can dynamically serve the building society’s strategic business processes and give customers faster access to online services and .

The upgrade is also aimed at paving the way for the Nationwide’s expansion through a planned merger with the Portman building society in August.

Under the terms of the contract, Unisys has also installed a high-performance EMC disk storage system to support Nationwide’s database-intensive applications.

The building society’s IT director Michael Humphreys said: “Nationwide anticipates that the upgraded ClearPath systems, enhanced storage and extended support Unisys provides will enable us to continue growing and accommodating an expanding customer base more effectively while lowering our IT costs over the long-term.”

Last month, Nationwide deployed a system from MarkMonitor to automatically identify and shut down phishing scams in a bid to increase security. The building society was fined nearly £1m by the Financial Services Authority earlier this year after a laptop containing customer data was stolen.

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