Transform your Bank or Financial Institution data center and multi-cloud strategy while maintaining the day to day operations. Many factors contribute to the need to transform. These include simplifying the customer experience, manage risks, finding solutions to data sovereignty, reduce the carbon footprint of aging Data Centers while building the ideal multi-cloud sourcing strategy. Our experts will assist in developing a plan to address these issues and more.

 

What's driving the change

 

Banking and Financial Markets industry data is growing exponentially. Flexibility and adoption play a critical role in building a successful plan to address this growth. As more workloads are evaluated for cloud, Banks and Financial Institutions must now consider technical issues regarding such initiatives, as well as how the cloud will change their IT and Facilities workloads. Similarly, projecting both future cloud costs and changes in internal costs, are critical to making informed strategic decisions.
 
Some challenges that Banks and Financial Institutions will be facing include:

  • Significant Operations challenges from the Covid-19 experience: Need for options in data center resiliency, different types of partnerships needed to “keep the lights on”.

  • GSIB (Global Systemic Important Bank) Indicators.

  • Aging Data Centers (more than 10,15, 20 years). Understanding how to maintain the existing facility and plan for the future. Spiraling costs for modernization of owned/on-premise data centers are forcing a new strategy.

 

  • Significant data center over-building / leasing for the last 10 years: IT Architecture changes have decreased footprint, increased power density.

 

  • Bank 2030: Accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy. Sustainability strategies to reduce the carbon footprint, water usage, and energy consumption to meet the Sustainable Development Goal.

  • Early cloud programs somewhat successful: A More mature approach is needed but will grow as a data center source, the cost analysis more complex than originally determined, Integration into application flexibility, deployment, and Edge services poses an increasing security issue. Consolidation has challenges: Global regulatory compliance, audit, and tax issues as a result of any strategy, topology effect on network performance and cost, migration process poses risk, cost and security issues, disposition of owned properties can be difficult, capturing the true total cost of change is complex.

 

  • The rapid growth in deployment of 5G mobile networks will exponentially increase the demand for data and customer experience/responsiveness within mobile banking and investment applications. This will complicate consolidation and multi-cloud deployments and increase the potential demand for edge connectivity data centers to service that demand. This adds another complex layer to the data center strategy. 

  • Cybercrime may be the single most critical issue of this decade: Reduction in attack surface area is important. Change in, and decentralization of, IT assets and Application / Data Warehouse deployment can have positive disruption benefit to your attack profile. Select partners with additional skills and monitoring to complement in-house InfoSec layers.

 

  • Big Data, AI, and sophisticated analytics requirements create a different overall IT and data center sourcing architecture need.

 

Lastly, we also understand that today’s focus for financial institutions is driven more by operational resiliency  -- and less on recovery – with the intent on not having to recover at all due to the systemic effects and ramifications a banking outage can cause across not just the financial sector, but across a multitude of other sectors that are dependent on those banks for payments processing and other areas.  
 
With the right data center sourcing and multi-cloud strategy, you will obtain a deeper understanding of the latency limits, as well as the tolerance for downtime for each application in the Banking and Financial environment.  During the strategy process, we take an application-centric approach to evaluate customer applications to understand both their technical readiness factors for the cloud and application dependencies and underlying infrastructure.  These are both crucial elements for planning and implementing a cloud migration and understanding its costs and impact on the facilities side of the data center strategy.

 

How can you meet these requirements?

 

To meet the requirements of an evolving data center strategy to address the above issues, it is essential to map your present state environment and understand its overall Total Cost of Ownership to develop a new strategy that gives you the ability to grow and adapt into a future state with predictable infrastructure costs.


EYP MCF provides a distinctive solution by taking a unique hybrid-Cloud approach that evaluates critical applications to understand both their technical readiness factors for the cloud and application dependencies and underlying infrastructure.  This is coupled with an analysis of your present state data center, colocation, cloud, and SaaS environments in order to match your future state application requirements to the most effective data center sourcing topology.  


We then provide an evaluation and cost analysis of the applications running in multiple environments, as well as data center topologies, based on the current state and the output of the detailed growth modeling for each future state option. This includes hardware/software depreciation, lease cost, power, facilities building and maintenance, network, implementation, and deployment labor and services.

 

​The bottom line is that it takes more than understanding just how to plan and design a datacenter for a financial client, but a broader perspective of the industry which we possess and have built up over many years – to develop a datacenter strategy that work will work now and into the future.

 

We have worked with commercial and institutional banks continuously since our inception in the mid 1990’s. We have planned, designed or commissioned the majority of the first stand alone greenfield facilities for this sector, and have evolved to assist these organizations in developing the next generation strategies for their datacenters and IT as they look to consolidate, achieve operational savings without sacrificing availability and security, or move some compute operations to cloud/colocation environments. We help them achieve a hybrid datacenter approach of on prem and off prem through strategy work, sale leasebacks, retrofits, migrations to service providers and other approaches.   Clients include: Wells Fargo, BofA, Citigroup, JPMorgan, Blackrock, UBS, Morgan Stanley, HSBC, BBVA, Bradesco and many others.

 

What services are included?

 

  • Evaluate client applications with automated analysis tools, efficient stakeholder interviews, and existing data capture with minimum analysis time and costs

  • Recommendations of application disposition and or transformation targets

 

  • Modeling of IT inventories and future changes that can affect the data capacity requirements over time

 

  • Identification of key technical and business requirements, such as tolerance for downtime, latency limits, etc.

 

  • The capture of non-technical constraints and or directives which include regulations, company history/image, etc.

 

  • Once all requirements over time are defined and documented, EYP MCF will evaluate and recommend one or more alternative strategies that consider different mixes of on-premise data centers, colocation, and public cloud providers.

 

 

Case Studies

 

 

 

 

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BBVA
Data Center MEP/FP Design, Uptime Institute Certification, Commissioning
Madrid, Spain
Tier IV
200,000 SF

 

New DC highly available Tier IV by the Uptime Institute Design (1st Spain) and Construction (Europe 1st). BBVA’s Tres Cantos facility is the first DPC in Europe and the fourth anywhere in the world to receive this double certification, which the Uptime Institute assigns to data processing centers that feature optimal levels of reliability and safety. 

 

The Group’s targets for expansion in coming decades and BBVA’s firm commitment to information technologies were the two main drivers convincing the bank of the need to build a new DPC in Tres Cantos, adjacent the lender’s original facility. BBVA’s new DPC, which spans 20,000 square meters, doubles and has room to triple the density of equipment the previous facility was able to house. Indeed, the new DPC hosts equipment consisting of up to 10,000 high-end processors, vs. 4,800 at the old center.

 

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Itaú
Trusted Advisor, Data Center Strategy, Design, Cx
São Paulo, Brazil
2 Tier III (Active-Active)
300,000 SF  

ITAU Unibanco was experiencing continuously increasing data-processing volumes at its main data center facility, they were looking to build a new Technology Center.

 

The customer first engaged EYP MCF to perform Data Center Roadmap services to right size a new DC topology based on the future state master plan.

 

EYP MCF provided discovery and IT assessments of 2 primary locations.  EYP MCF then provided right sizing for primary, secondary and DR sites. 

 

EYP MCF was then selected to provide Data Center design, commissioning, owners rep services for a pair of new mirrored, Tier 3 Data Center facility

 

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UBS  
Data Center MEP/FP Design
Shelton, CT
Tier IV
225,000 SF

EYP MCF provided design services for their two-story 225,000 sq. ft. Tier IV greenfield data center with 90,000 sq. ft. of raised floor/data center space, as well as MEP support space, IT ancillary space, and general office space.  The facility was designed to be concurrently maintainable with no single point of failure, and with an initial minimum electrical load density of 100 Watts per sq ft. 

 

The design included 2N UPS and distribution systems, 2N chilled water plant with 4 pipe chilled water distribution, air conditioning of all critical spaces along with Fuel oil storage design for the emergency standby generator plant.

 

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Garanti BBVA Bank
Data Center MEP/FP Design/ LEED Gold & Uptime Institute Tier IV Certification
Istanbul, Turkey
70,000 SF

 

EYP MCF designed a first-class data center for Garanti BBVA.  The facility was designed with an innovative base isolation solution provision against seismic risk. We also utilized free cooling for low Opex for 10+ years lifetime. The data center is located in an underground environment in a 1,420,000 sq. ft. building campus that includes office space, auditoriums and cafeterias. 

 

On day one the data center received a migration of over 420 TB of mainframe data, 7PB of open system data, and 20 PB of backup capacity data.

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Citigroup 
Data Center MEP/FP/LEED Design, Commissioning
Roanoke, TX
Tier IV
243,000 SF

EYP MCF was first selected by this client as the design engineer for a greenfield data center in Roanoke, TX. The facility was a ‘ground-up’ single-story, 243,000 sq. ft Tier IV facility with 100,000 sq. ft of raised floor computer environment.

 

The Commissioning for these projects included factory witness testing, developing scripts for startup, commissioning, and integrated system testing. The commissioning team provided oversite of construction and startup and performed functional and integrated system testing. Testing progressed from components of the systems and sub-systems to the systems that made up the electrical and mechanical infrastructure for these projects. Testing demonstrated to the Owner that the Data Center operated as designed.

 

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Sberbank
Moscow, Russia
Tier III
50,000 SF 

EYP MCF designed a first-class data center for Sberbank, a large Russian financial institution. EYP MCF provided IT/Cloud Strategy Services, MEP/FP Design, and Construction Administration services.

Sberbank became the most environment-friendly and innovative DC in Russia PUE 1.3. Electrical topology Tier 4 compliant, 20MW. Unique cooling solution, patent pending. Existing building survey. 

 

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China Everbright's Bank
Data Center Current and Future Growth Strategy and Site evaluation
Beijing, China
 

EYP MCF Consulting Team provided Data Center Assessment Services for China Everbright Bank’s data center facilities.  China Everbright Bank, an e-banking business, was experiencing a fast business grown and needed a facility with high IT reliability and availability, information security as well as a facility that would provide energy savings.

 

EYP MCF provided an assessment that would help define the production space and DR site space requirements for the next 15 years.  EYP MCF would also provide the Data Center construction process, and provide Data Center operation and ECC planning, a TOC analysis and site selection services.

 

These services would intern result in a 15-year master planning; as well as allowing the bank to have a clear roadmap on the requirement of their production Data Center and Disaster Recovery facilities.  They would also provide for Data Center space planning recommendations, an analysis of all investments and site selection and construction roadmap.

 

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Credit Agricole
Trusted Advisor, Commissioning
Paris, France
5 Data Halls 5,000 SF
 

EYP MCF’s consulting approach to support included an audit of the robustness and high availability of the design; thermal modeling of the data halls, detailed urbanization study; lead the Integrated System Tests (ST) Commissioning project and provide an expert project manager during one year to assist the customer PMO.

 

The audit identified some key Single Point of Failures that lead to revive the high availability design features.  The CFD and thermal modeling lead to review initial server deployment roadmap and helped getting key data on thermal behavior of data halls. EYP MCF helped define key test to ensure integration of high availability features, cross domain approach (i.e. HVAC with electrical with BMS).  The PMO helped in securing the project plan, risk and issue management and formal reporting.

 

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