Fulcrum Asset Management is an independent investment manager with a global client base of institutions, wealth managers and private investors. Its investment approach is rooted in academic rigour and analytical tenacity.
Discover how YellowDog helped this leading investment manager, transform how it uses its on-premise and cloud infrastructure, to significantly improve the performance of its compute-intensive financial analyses and meet important regulatory constraints.
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 was looking to take its digital transformation to the next level by diversifying its use of cloud. It wanted a long-term, overarching strategy that would enable it 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. When it approached YellowDog, it was already set up to use a single cloud provider, which would be used when its on-premise infrastructure was at capacity. However, the firm was seeking ways to transform its IT infrastructure due to the following reasons:
Due to these challenges, Fulcrum was looking for a cloud strategy that would:
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 it to be one of the first in its market to become cloud agnostic. The freedom to intelligently optimise its 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If an issue was identified, the YellowDog Platform would automatically replace the withdrawn or pre-empted instance with another available resource, without disrupting the progress of the active workload.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.
Fulcrum was also able to regularly test its ability to use another cloud provider, to prove its operational resilience in line with current regulations. By demonstrating the company can take its on-premise data and place it into two separate clouds simultaneously, without impacting critical business processes, was a compelling benefit for Fulcrum.
The YellowDog Platform has enabled Fulcrum to accelerate its cloud transformation and halve its workload run time. The monitoring and reverse-burst strategy delivered has given Fulcrum the confidence to run analyses 24/7, as it knows the YellowDog Platform will manage all of its 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 its customers, on budget and on time.
Jago Westmacott Chief Technical Officer, Fulcrum Asset Management
“YellowDog has transformed how we use our existing hardware and the cloud, making all the behind the scenes workload management invisible.”
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