Akamai will enable the bank to centralize its IT infrastructure to drive economies of scale, while ensuring that the streamlined model can deliver new online banking services to customers and generate growth opportunities in new markets.

Akamai Technologies enables Standard Chartered to adopt a model of centralised web hosting supported by Akamai’s globally distributed platform of over 65,000 servers in 1,600 locations in 70 countries globally. Using Akamai’s network of servers, Standard Chartered can streamline its operations to a single data centre in Asia, while actually delivering secure content more quickly and securely than local hosting.

Furthermore, Standard Chartered will be able to increase speed of secure content delivery with a streamlined IT infrastructure model, the bank can offer improved online banking services to customers, and open up new markets quickly, with little additional cost.

Akamai has worked with Standard Chartered since 2007. Akamai delivers Standard Chartered’s public web site and Straight2Bank commercial banking application.

Robert Hughes, executive vice president of global sales, services and marketing at Akamai, said: “Standard Chartered is making a commitment to its customers to deliver the most efficient, secure services in the market and we’re proud that Akamai is underpinning that.”

Aman Narain, head of remote banking, consumer banking for Standard Chartered Bank, said: “Akamai Technologies’ acceleration solution was a natural choice for us given both the performance and cost benefits. Its capabilities and massive global computing platform have lived up to our demanding performance and availability requirements. We now host our corporate web site content on Akamai Technologies’ platform for superior availability and fast delivery, globally.”