Database downtime a thing of the past for Central Bank of Kenya

As the single point for the clearing of all cheques and Electronic Funds Transfer transactions in the country, the Central Bank of Kenya clearing house can ill afford any database downtime...

 As the single point for the clearing of all cheques and Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) transactions in the country, the Central Bank of Kenya clearing house can ill afford any database downtime. A new partnership between RDB Consulting and Oracle is set to deliver high availability and uptime with Oracle's Standard Linux database and fully redundant servers.

Sybrin Systems, a company that specialises in payment processing solutions, mainly across Africa, was awarded the contract, adding to their high profile client portfolio. The solution involved 41 banks using Sybrin Systems' Client Participation Module, providing an interface to their Central Bank Clearing Module, running off high end clustered servers with Oracle's Standard 11g database.  

"As a first phase, RDB Consulting created a stable server environment in South Africa for Sybrin Systems to test the system on. Once testing was completed, the servers were shipped to Kenya, then put through exhaustive redundancy tests and thereafter stabilised before going 'live'," says Gerrit-Jan Albers, Service Delivery Manager at RDB Consulting.

"The configuration delivered by RDB Consulting was designed to provide the necessary high availability found in a Data Guard installation, so that if one node fails, it can fail over seamlessly to another synchronised node without affecting service. We have also signed a six month support contract to provide monitoring and remote maintenance to ensure maximum uptime is achieved at all times," he adds.

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