Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Goes All In on Mobile Cloud Computing

By Tony Rizzo — April 10, 2012

Wyse Technology, a significant player in cloud computing, has announced that The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU), the largest bank in Japan and the eighth largest bank in the world, is nearing completion of its deployment of 50,000 Wyse devices as part of a virtual implementation designed to protect itself and its customers against critical information leakage while also streamlining processes and workflow.

Wyse cloud client computing solutions were chosen to meet the challenging requirements of this financial institution. When the implementation is completed later this year, 90 percent of the bank's existing legacy PCs will have been replaced with 50,000 Wyse desktop and mobile thin clients.
 
BTMU is the core business of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. Since making a fresh start when 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 the spring of 2008, the bank started a huge systems integration project when it began to examine how to further strengthen information security within the bank's office automation environment. Around this same time, information leakage and spillage issues caused by malware, computer viruses and worms were worsening. This became not just a social problem, but also an urgent issue for the Systems Division, which single-handedly deals with the bank's computer servers and business data management. After examining various approaches, the Systems Division concluded it needed to introduce a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) based on Wyse Cloud Client Computing.
 
According to Mizuhiko Tokunaga, Senior Manager of the Systems Division of BTMU, the requirements were to: choose mobile desktop hardware designed for VDI; eliminate the risks of security breaches by malware; have excellent usability with low cost; and feature reliable and durable hardware. The Wyse devices passed each one of these at a high level. The migration to VDI also provides a lower TCO for the bank's office automation environment.
 
"The Wyse devices met all our requirements and passed our extensive testing process," added Mr. Tokunaga. "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."  
 
VDI and Mobility
 
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.
 
"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," according to Mr. Jun Nishii, Senior Manager of the Systems Infrastructure Dept. No.3 at BTMU. "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 had confidence it would be done." 
 
The bank plans to implement 13,000 - 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.

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