Intesa Sanpaolo is the leading banking group in Italy and one of the top banking groups in Europe, with a market capitalization of 38.1 billion Euro (as of September 30, 2019). Intesa Sanpaolo has around 5,000 branches and 19 million customers in approximately 40 countries worldwide.
In 2018, the bank launched a strategic digital transformation initiative it called Digital Architecture Reengineering Works Through Innovation. The strategy was to embrace a microservices and container architecture, and migrate from monolithic to multi-tier applications. The goal was to accelerate development cycles, shrink application footprints for more flexibility, and improve scalability and reliability. The bank’s IT group was transforming itself into a software company with a bimodal IT model based on modern CI/CD practices. At the center of the initiative was the challenge of running containers managed by Kubernetes.
Learn how Intesa Sanpaulo overcame these challenges:
- The bank’s legacy infrastructure hindered deployment of containers and Kubernetes in production
- Microservices architecture was difficult to deploy across zones and sites
- Developing and running more than 3,000 in-house applications was becoming unmanageable