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    Riyad Bank Builds a Reliable Digital Foundation with Huawei Oceanstor Dorado

Riyad Bank is the first bank in Saudi Arabia to deploy a 3-data center (active-active + remote replication) solution to meet the requirements for 24/7 intra-city active-active service continuity and disaster recovery.

Riyad Bank is one of the largest financial institutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, with a strong corporate and retail franchise. Mobilizing its substantial capital base, Riyad Bank is a leading financier and arranger of syndicated loans in the oil and petrochemicals industries, as well as most of Saudi Arabia's notable infrastructure projects.

Riyad Bank is helping Saudi Arabia realize its Vision 2030 goals and aspirations by supporting the nation's digital transformation, developing the private sector, and establishing economic partnerships. To support the National Transformation Program, Riyad Bank seeks to contribute to the development of infrastructure.

The bank has activated three pillars as part of its transformation 2025 strategy. The first step is to create value through innovation leadership and exclusivity. The second priority is raising the degree of efficiency and optimizing resources. The last goal is to enable agility through next-gen operating models. In order to achieve these objectives, Riyad Bank will need to actively develop and use new technology in its integrated digitization processes.

Search for a Partner to Build a Reliable and Efficient Digital Foundation

Data is a bank's core asset. Data stability, security, and data computing power all affect the quality of service customers receive and the productivity of a bank. Thus, Riyad Bank wanted to build a storage system that is open, secure, reliable, agile, and easy to maintain.

Huawei was invited to participate in Riyad Bank's open platform storage project, and was ultimately selected as the Bank's partner because of the excellent reliability, superior performance, and comprehensive software functions of Huawei's OceanStor Dorado series.

3DC Architecture Lays the Foundation for the Bank's Digital Transformation

Riyad Bank is the first bank in Saudi Arabia to deploy a 3-data center (active-active + remote replication) solution to meet the requirements for 24/7 intra-city active-active service continuity and disaster recovery.

Specifically, it deployed OceanStor Dorado 18000 in three data centers in Riyadh and Dammam to host production & DR systems: Two data centers were built in Riyadh as two active-active sites, while the third one was built in Dammam as a remote disaster recovery site. Data centers in both cities are interconnected using the remote replication solution.

• The geo-redundant 3DC DR solution delivers RPO = 0 and RTO ≈ 0, eliminating the risk of service interruption.

• Upgraded data infrastructure provides consistent <1ms data access latency, enabling Riyad Bank to expand services in the future.

The Future has Arrived, Signaling a New Era of Intelligent Finance

Riyad Bank's mission is to help people, organizations and society achieve their aspirations by being their trusted and caring financial solutions partner. Now Riyad Bank is improving its internal productivity through comprehensive digitization. It is transforming its core technology infrastructure and operating models by making them more agile. Looking ahead, Huawei will continue to support Riyad Bank to build a more intelligent future.

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