Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced that leading banks such as Alliance Bank (Malaysia) and the Asian Development Bank (Philippines) have chosen Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform as their enterprise-grade, agentless automation platform as part of their cloud journey. Both of these financial institutions are early adopters of infrastructure automation technology to support business growth while increasing resiliency and reliability.
Application modernisation is among today’s top IT priorities. According to a 2020 Forrester report commissioned by Red Hat, automation is also an organisational necessity; three out of five respondents reported automation as one of their firms’ top initiatives, even amid competing priorities like adoption of cloud, containers, and security management.
Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, together with Red Hat OpenShift, provides a powerful, scalable platform for this transformation. With dynamic global challenges requiring rapid adjustments in operational domains and environments, automation projects help mitigate the complexity that these conditions produce and provide faster responses to changing business requirements.
Alliance Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) are two Southeast Asian financial services organisations that use Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to automate repetitive and manual tasks, orchestrate complex workflows, improve processes, and provide agility to deploy applications faster with fewer human interventions.
Bringing together teams for improved collaboration, these new services and offerings ultimately connect business managers with automation leaders to better align automation strategies with the needs of the business and expand how automation can be used.
These Southeast Asian banks are using automation to innovate and transform their businesses:
Alliance Bank wished to automate manual tasks such as server configuration, patching, and hardening in order to divert team resources away from resource-intensive tasks. Alliance Bank began by hardening and patching their servers, and then added disaster recovery (DR) automation to protect their core systems and build readiness as their hybrid cloud environment grew. Red Hat automated the disaster recovery process and developed a playbook to make it repeatable and scalable. As a result, when Alliance Bank's applications run DR processes, they have higher uptime. Because of the efficiency and speed provided by process automation, the IT team can spend more time focusing on better customer experience and continued innovation.
Asian Development Bank, Philippines: ADB was looking into automation solutions that would improve operational efficiency and effectiveness by automating repetitive tasks. ADB uses a hybrid environment with workloads running on-prem virtualisation platforms. They wanted to focus on the consistency of automation of on-premises, extending to the public cloud. The ease of integration offered by open source technology, combined with Red Hat’s procedures for developing code in a hybrid environment, was well-suited for ADB as they look to use cloud as their primary source of infrastructure.
Josep Garcia, vice president and general manager for growth and emerging markets, Red Hat
“2021 has demonstrated that organisations need to accelerate, rather than pause, their digital transformation efforts. A key part of this journey should be network automation, which allows users to manage policy, enforcement and processes at the domain level. Several financial organisations in ASEAN are deploying Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to automate applications and IT infrastructure, while providing a simple language to help facilitate DevOps practices. Automation allows organisations to architect intelligently with their existing infrastructure, while bringing legacy IT toward a cloud-native future.”
Ken Yong, Head, group transformation office, Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad
“As Alliance Bank competes in a fast-moving and dynamic financial services marketplace, automation increasingly becomes an essential component of our cloud infrastructure. Red Hat OpenShift includes built-in automation capabilities that help our teams focus on creating and updating valuable services. By expanding our automation capabilities, we can free up our resources to implement new processes and applications and to upscale. This supports our overarching goal of delivering banking the Alliance Way: to be more empathetic to customers’ needs and deliver innovative digital solutions that are fast, simple, and responsive.”
Krista Lozada, senior IT specialist (innovation & engineering), Asian Development Bank
“ADB was looking into technological solutions to improve operations efficiency and effectiveness by automating repetitive tasks. As we use both public and private clouds, we needed a solution that would allow us to provision our infrastructure like a tap – turn it on, higher, or off as needed. Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform allows us to build secure infrastructure that’s supported with automation. Ansible also gives us a common language, documentation and developer toolset to make the process more efficient. Now, Ansible is our common language for orchestration in CI/CD for infrastructure as code. This ultimately frees up bandwidth for our people to innovate, and better focus on serving ADB’s members and partners in order to promote social and economic development.”