HSBC Bank is implementing a datacentre management application across its all its datacentres internationally to better track space, power, network, storage and cooling issues.

It is poised to start rolling out Vista 500 from datacentre management firm Aperture in datacentres located in 10 countries that serve over 300,000 staff and 125 million customers. The global rollout is expected to take two years to complete.

The bank, which runs its IT function globally with a remit to standardise systems wherever possible, said that currently generating and interpreting such data was “not easy to achieve”, but had been aided by cutting its datacentre count from 120 in 1996 to 22 today.

Edward Case, senior business consultant at HSBC’s global data centre services organisation, said it was important to have "accurate, consistent and readily available knowledge of your data centre inventory and what you have running where, together with your power, cooling and space capacity”.

He also argued that the use of one system would ensure a clearer policy was set across the company.

“Vista 500 will bring consistency to our processes for managing datacentres,” he said.