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Case Study: BECU

New Data Centers Expand BECU’s IT Footprint

To support growth and expansion and better serve their members, BECU extended their IT footprint with colocated infrastructure in two separate data center facilities in geographically dispersed locations.

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The Challenge

To support growth and expansion and better serve their members, BECU needed to extend their IT footprint. With goals of increasing performance, improving disaster recovery and providing a highly-available environment, they sought a future-ready data center solution with the ability to scale up as their organization grows and evolves

The Solution

  • Cerium worked with BECU to develop data center designs using Cisco Nexus switches, ISR routers, ASR routers, and UCS C-Series rack-mount servers
  • The Cisco Nexus switches offer proven high-performance and density, low-latency, and exceptional power efficiency.

  • Versatile, industry-leading Cisco routers provide secure, high-quality services.

  • Cisco UCS C-Series rackmount servers deliver superior unified computing in an industry-standard form factor that reduces TCO and increases agility.

The Results

The additional capacity and dispersed data center locations have improved network availability and performance for BECU staff and their members. With high availability servers on both coasts hosting mission-critical applications, BECU feels more confident about their ability to recover in the event of an unexpected incident.

“Cerium on-site engineers were impressive. They are consummate professionals with deep knowledge of network and data center technologies. I was impressed by the way CCIE level engineers jumped into the trenches to help us with the heavy lifting. We racked and stacked over two tons of equipment in one day. I was sore from head to toe the next day. I was amazed that we were able to go from a hallway full of boxes to a fully-operational, remotely managed data center in just five days.”

— Bob Phinney, Manager of Systems Engineering, Network & Telecom

About BECU

Founded in 1935, BECU is a not-for-profit credit union serving its members from 60 convenient walk-in locations throughout the Puget Sound region, Spokane, and South Carolina. BECU has over $18 billion in assets and over 1.2 million members, making it the largest credit union in Washington and fourth largest in the United States. Their philosophy of putting people first and their commitment to ensuring their members always experience the best value and services with complete trust, differentiate BECU from other financial institutions.

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