Japan-based Sugamo Shinkin Bank has entered into an agreement with IBM to build a virtual client environment utilizing IBM's Smart Business Desktop Cloud, as part of bank's initiatives to provide further security and improve operational efficiency.

Sugamo Shinkin Bank needed to configure the PCs of 45 sites separately.

Initially, 200 client terminals in five sites will start operation in the desktop cloud environment in August 2010.

Sugamo Shinkin Bank plans to shift other sites to complete migration of all the 900 PCs of 45 sites by the end of the year.

The use of the desktop cloud environment provides automatic updates to all related client environments and will eliminate the use of update releases for all the sites and a separate configuration process on each PC, according to the IBM.