Vordel in major deal with Dutch insurer


7 Nov 2006

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Irish IT security management technology firm Vordel has deployed an enterprise-wide service-oriented architecture (SOA) system for rolling out products and services online to Dutch insurance firm Fortis’ 8,000-strong workforce.

Fortis Netherlands has pursued a strategy of IT infrastructure virtualisation to align with its corporate strategy of delivering a broad range of life, pension, healthcare insurances, mortgage and savings products to its specialist channel partners.

The company said that SOA provides the ideal environment to enable the virtualisation of products and services.

“We selected Vordel after reviewing several competing solutions in the marketplace. VordelSecure provides the most comprehensive security functionality combined with a high-performing, scalable XML infrastructure solution capable of matching our requirements for a web services-based transaction environment,” a Fortis Netherlands spokesman explained.

Among the factors that attracted Fortis towards deploying SOA architecture were the ability to use utility-based pricing to facilitate the scalability of IT infrastructure, a single sign-on facility for its workers and full protection against XML security vulnerabilities.

“Fortis is a great example of how our products are being used in the financial services industry to both secure the delivery of sensitive customer information but also manage the creation and rollout of new products via web services in SOA,” said Vordel’s CEO Vic Morris.

“Fortis has discovered the cost-effective and scalable nature of VordelSecure to address the demands of increasing web services-based transaction volumes without worrying about malicious attacks or non-compliance with regulatory standards,” added Morris.

By John Kennedy