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Sun National Bank Consolidates ATM, Phone Services On IBM i5 Server

Sun National Bank, a Vineland, N.J. community bank with branches spread out throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, is capping a period of growth in an unusual way -- shrinking its data center. The bank recently moved its ATM, online and phone banking services onto one server, an IBM eServer iSeries i5, that bank officials say should provide Sun with a flexible growth path for the foreseeable future.

The bank feels that the i5 550 that it brought online about two weeks ago provides a scalable, reliable system that can accommodate future bank growth or processing needs, said Lou Pellicori, Sun National's executive vice president and chief information officer.

"This is something that gives us true scalability -- in the operating system, discs, storage, processing cycles, everything," said Pellicori. "That was really the main factor in our choice."

The move was necessary to handle the increased amount of customer traffic that the bank has experienced, following a growth period that resulted in nearly double the calls to its telephone banking channel and a 40 percent increase per year of online banking customers since 2002.

Sun National had been running IBM xSeries servers, which will be maintained to support other applications, Pellicori said. Currently, the bank uses Windows and Kirchman core bank processing software on the i5 550 to handle the remote banking services, as well as other customer delivery systems and regulatory and compliance software packages, but the bank also likes the iSeries line's ability to run other operating systems. "We're not on AIX or Linux," Pellicori said. "But the shared environment that the iSeries supports provides us with those choices if we wanted to use those later on."

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