Fulcrum Asset Management is an independent investment manager with a global client base of institutions, wealth managers and private investors. Their investment approach is rooted in academic rigour and analytical tenacity.
Discover how YellowDog helped this leading investment manager, transform how they used their on-premise and cloud infrastructure to significantly improve the performance of their compute-intensive financial analyses.
As workloads such as big batch processing, credit risk analysis and actuarial modelling are becoming more compute-intensive, financial institutions are under increasing pressure to accelerate their digital transformation strategies to keep up with the demands of the industry. Failure to do so could result in cost inefficiencies and regulatory and compliance issues.
Fulcrum Asset Management were looking to take their digital transformation to the next level by diversifying their use of cloud. They wanted a long-term, overarching strategy that would enable them to securely burst workloads to multiple clouds and make the best use of on-premise infrastructure, to ensure cost and performance were optimised.
Fulcrum’s systems had been developed internally. They were set up to use a single cloud provider, which would be used when a workload required more computing power. While this strategy had its advantages, it also presented the team with a couple of challenges:
Fulcrum wanted to avoid the costs associated with the inefficient use of compute. They wanted to be able to align their workloads to available resource so they weren’t paying for instances that weren’t needed. They also wanted the ability to terminate any instances left idle after a task had been completed.
Furthermore, they wanted to ensure they were maximising their return on capital investment, by prioritising the utilisation of their on-premise infrastructure before bursting to the cloud.
To meet Fulcrum’s requirements, YellowDog delivered a tailored solution that included:
Working with YellowDog accelerated Fulcrum’s cloud transformation by several years and enabled them to be one of the first in their market to become cloud agnostic. The freedom to intelligently optimise their use of cloud and on-premise hardware will save the business significant amounts on both capital and operational expenditure and will reduce the time taken to deliver business intelligence.
With YellowDog’s real-time monitoring of active workloads and cloud provider performance, Fulcrum benefited from a solution that had the highest resilience in the market to cloud outages and instance withdrawals.
If an issue was identified, the YellowDog Platform would automatically replace the withdrawn or pre-empted instance with another available resource, without disrupting the progress of the active workload. This elegant response meant there was no significant interruption to critical services – a key requirement for business continuity.
YellowDog Sigma has enabled Fulcrum to accelerate their cloud transformation and halve their workload run time. The monitoring and reverse-burst strategy delivered has given Fulcrum the confidence to run analyses 24/7, as they know the YellowDog Platform will manage all of their computing resources – regardless of provider, location or type – while maximising the cost efficiency and performance of every single instance.
With this cohesive multi-cloud strategy in place, Fulcrum can stay ahead of the competition and deliver more for their customers, on budget and on time.
Jago Westmacott Chief Technical Officer, Fulcrum Asset Management
“"YellowDog have transformed how we use our existing hardware and the cloud, making all the behind the scenes workload management invisible."”
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