Oslo, the most populated city in Norway, is the hub of the country’s governmental, economic, manufacturing and shipping industries. At its center is an alliance of banking, insurance and holding companies under the brand “SpareBank 1.”
With 15 independent banks and 6,300 employees, SpareBank 1 is Norway's second largest bank alliance. Amongst others, the banks collaborate within IT, which is handled through SpareBank 1 Gruppen AS (SpareBank 1 Group). At the SpareBank 1 Gruppens office building in Oslo, they plan, develop and support the deployment of their own IT operations systems and software processes for the entire organization. A few years ago, with business growing and the demand for data security and preservation on the rise, IT experts and executives at SpareBank 1 began the mission to improve the infrastructure of their data centers. It was in the spirit of their self-reliant approach to business that SpareBank 1 began the mission to upgrade their data center operations into state-of-the-art facilities that were tailored specifically to their organizational needs.