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April 19, 2016updated 05 Sep 2016 11:08am

Japanese banking giant links two London data centres

News: Optical network cable deployed seeks reinforcement of financial services communication in the capital region.

By Joao Lima

British network infrastructure and data centre services provider SSE Enterprise Telecoms has deployed a private optical network linking two data centres of banking giant Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) in the South East region of the UK.

The scalable optical network will allow faster financial reporting and collaborative working through seamless connectivity.

According to Cisco, an optical network uses thin glass or plastic optical fiber to transmit information in the form of light pulses.

Such systems are also said to be more reliable and have greater transmission capacity than conventional copper-wire networks.

SSE Enterprise Telecoms, part of the SSE group, said that the data centre connectivity provided has diverse North and South routes, making it ultra-resilient on a network that is based on technology from Ciena.

The company also said that MUFG will be able to scale the network capacity up to 40Gbps in the future.

Colin Sempill, MD of SSE Enterprise Telecoms, said: "We understand that the IT environment within banks is changing and their networks are coming under increasing pressure as new technologies – which are often cloud-based – are introduced, making it difficult to predict connectivity requirements whilst guaranteeing reliability and speed."

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Philip Schunmann, associate director EMEA at MUFG, said: "Additional network capacity, which can be deployed within minutes, means that we have a reliable telecoms infrastructure that can deliver banking services at the touch of a button."

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