Garaj, Pakistan’s rapidly expanding local cloud service provider, has joined forces with Mobilink Microfinance Bank Ltd. (MMBL), VEON’s financial services division, to revolutionize the bank’s branch networking infrastructure by implementing state-of-the-art Software Defined Wide Area Networks (SDWAN). This strategic initiative aims to capitalize on one of the fastest-growing sectors within the global network infrastructure market, projected to reach a value of USD 6 billion by 2025.
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This partnership will empower MMBL’s IT infrastructure and networking teams to elevate user experiences, bolster security protocols, and streamline operational processes. The solution offers a range of advantages, including self-healing WAN capabilities, advanced routing, seamless integration of a Next-Generation Firewall, and centralized orchestration, facilitating extensive digital transformation from the network edge to the cloud.
“We’re excited about this strategic partnership which will enable MMBL to revolutionize its network infrastructure by integrating Garaj’s cutting-edge SD-WAN solution. Through its robust cloud platform, Garaj is helping businesses like MMBL to achieve enhanced efficiency, security, and customer experience. Being the fastest-growing indigenous cloud solution, Garaj is poised to transform the local banking sector by helping banks migrate core data to the local cloud and enjoy enhanced information security data sovereignty.”
Commenting on the partnership, Asif Aziz, Chief Business Officer Jazz, said,
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“This collaboration marks a significant milestone for us at MMBL as we contemporize our network infrastructure. By leveraging Garaj’s SDWAN solution, we aim to enhance operational efficiency, fortify security measures, and deliver a seamless, digitally enabled experience for our valued customers. The Bank’s partnership with Garaj underscores our commitment to staying at the forefront of technological innovation, ensuring that our customers benefit from the latest advancements in network infrastructure and top-notch digital banking solutions.”
While commenting on the partnership with Garaj, Faisal Mahmood, Chief Information Officer, MMBL, said,
Khurram Riaz, Head of Marketing & Products, Jazz, while speaking about this partnership, said,
“MMBL, through its partnership with Garaj, is set to elevate its application-level performance to new heights, connectivity parameters, and hardware health, enabling the Bank to implement WAN link load balancing and failover mechanisms, ensuring zero service downtime.”
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This strategic endeavor will allow the MMBL to seamlessly adopt the Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) framework, providing secure access to cloud-native applications hosted on the Garaj Cloud Platform, enhancing security, and reducing costs.