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UniCredit, DataSynapse Bring App Virtualization to Italy


DataSynapse, a global provider of application virtualization software, announced that UniCredit, one of Europes largest banking and financial services companies, has completed implementation of DataSynapse GridServer software for use by the Capital Allocation Unit of its Italian operating division.

UniCredit is employing application virtualization technology to improve the processing capabilities of its central pricing application -- named Bulldozer -- to deliver timely and compliant financial figures, while reducing the firms exposure to operational risk. The GridServer deployment supports the unique pricing of the groups banking book, a requirement of International Accounting Standard (IAS) 39 and Basel II.

Under IAS 39 and Basel II, European banks are required to establish principles for recognizing and measuring corporate holdings within their banking books. These include financial assets, financial liabilities and some contracts to buy or sell non-financial items. With strict compliance deadlines, UniCredits Capital Allocation Unit needed a system that could uniquely generate financial figures and perform computation in the least amount of time possible. The banks IT department, UniCredit Global Information Service (UGIS), turned to DataSynapse as a leader of application virtualization technology.

DataSynapses application virtualization software enables application services to be distributed and executed across a shared, heterogeneous infrastructure. By creating a virtualized environment that matches user demand with supply of available system and data resources, GridServer provides an "on-demand" environment that dramatically improves application performance, resiliency and uptime.

UniCredit has developed its Bulldozer pricing application for use with DataSynapses GridServer virtualization software to optimize processing of its financial results both intra-day and end-of-day. This has significantly reduced the minimum processing time for even the most complex of trade pricing and modeling calculations. Using the GridServer software has maximized computing efficiencies with UniCredits Bulldozer application to enable UniCredits Capital Allocation Unit to price more than 2 million deals in less than two hours. These figures are then populated to the banks accounting, finance and legal entity departments.

The enhanced computing power GridServer provides our pricing software has exceeded targets beyond our expectations. Our original goal when we embarked on this project was to independently price 600,000 deals in an hour. We are now doing twice that figure, said Alberto Ricciotti, head of group pricing for the Capital Allocation Unit at UniCredit. We are also significantly reducing our operational risk and lessening any redundancy in data generation. By having a unique financial model that is valued at a group level, we avoid any data inconsistencies provided by different groups within the bank.

The performance gains realized by UniCredit are extremely compelling. UniCredit is effectively deploying DataSynapse software to better align IT with changing business and compliance priorities, said Alun Baker, senior vice president and managing director for EMEA at DataSynapse. We look forward to helping the bank realize even greater efficiencies as they expand the use of our GridServer software through their enterprise.

Following its successful implementation, UGIS is now evaluating the introduction of GridServer technology to its Austrian and German branches later this year.

About DataSynapse

Application virtualization enables organizations to create a real-time infrastructure that aligns IT with the business. DataSynapse software matches application requirements with server capacity on demand to optimize performance and automate service level management. DataSynapse clients document significant benefits, including increased agility, improved quality of service, radically reduced costs and the ability to quickly realize new revenue streams. To learn more, visit www.datasynapse.com.

About UniCredit

With a current market capitalization of approximately 70 billion, ranking among the top financial groups in Europe, UniCredit has a presence in 20 countries worldwide, with over 35 million clients and 7,000 branches, approximately 142 thousand employees and total assets of approximately 823 billion as of Dec. 31, 2006.

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