ABN AMRO Clearing is a leading global securities services provider clearing more than 16 million trades a day across 85 financial exchanges worldwide. The company offers an integrated, modular package of direct market access, clearing and custody services, catering not only for traditional financial products such as stocks, bonds, futures and options, but also for energy, commodities, carbon allowances and more. It ranks among the top three clearers in every global time zone.
Facing rapid growth in transactional volumes, the European arm of ABN AMRO Clearing, which has employees in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany, had made a strategic decision to consolidate its core transaction processing systems from multiple locations across Europe to its two UK data centres.
To address projected growth in its business, and ensure sufficient scalability to tackle future challenges, the company needed to refresh its IBM Power Systems landscape. One of the cornerstones of ABN AMRO Clearing’s IT strategy is always to have headroom to deal with double the previous peak in business activity.
Working with Northdoor, ABN AMRO Clearing deployed two IBM Power 770 servers with IBM POWER7 processors, one in each of its Greater London data centres. Each is linked to an IBM System Storage DS8800 array, and all data is mirrored using IBM Global Mirror software.