On the heels of Wyse Technology announcing it will be acquired by Dell (News - Alert), the cloud computing firm said it’s nearing completion of the deployment of 50,000 devices for the largest bank in Japan, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi (News - Alert) UFJ, as part of a data loss prevention strategy to improve overall security.
San Jose, Calif.-based-Wyse offers “thin client” solutions with management, desktop virtualization and cloud software.
When the implementation is completed later this year, the bank plans to implement 13,000 to 14,000 Wyse mobile thin clients, for a total of 50,000 Wyse devices, making up 90 percent of the bank’s office automation environment, according to Mizuhiko Tokunaga, senior manager of the Systems Division of BTMU.
Company officials said the bank’s requirements included a mobile desktop hardware designed for VDI and would eliminate the risks of security breaches.
“The Wyse devices met all our requirements and passed our extensive testing process,” Tokunaga said in a company statement. “In particular, the deciding points were the technological edge of their unique software, Wyse ThinOS, their specialization in VDI, and the sense of trust we felt toward Wyse as a company.”
Since the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ merged in January 2006, the number of branches has expanded to 773 in Japan, and 73 abroad, and diverse financial services have been deployed, such as corporate and individual business, international affairs, investment banking, and asset management.
In addition to being the largest single Wyse deployment in Japan, the project also included extensive collaboration between Wyse and BTMU to meet the requirements of the bank’s mobile workforce, according to Jun Nishii, senior manager of the Systems Infrastructure Dept. No.3 at BTMU.
“When we deployed the desktop thin clients for the head office, a lot of our employees expressed that they wanted notebooks so they could have more space on their desks,” Nishii said. “If you needed a Windows Embedded mobile thin client, Wyse has several to choose from, but for Wyse ThinOS, there were none. Therefore, we visited Wyse headquarters to see what they could do. Soon after, Wyse began development of a ThinOS mobile thin client with the assumption of having them commercially available in the near future. Wyse is a global leader in cloud client computing, and have answered many different demands of customers worldwide, so I have confidence it can be done.”
Earlier this month, Dell’s acquisition of Wyse was approved by the board of directors of each company and is expected to close in the second quarter of Dell’s FY13, TMCnet reported. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. With this acquisition, Dell said it expands its enterprise solutions portfolio.
Edited by Jennifer Russell