Cloud Computing in Capital Markets

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27 September 2012


Demand for cloud computing in capital markets remains strong as firms look to clouds to help them lower IT costs, provide scalable computing capacity, and free up resources to support new technologies and revenue-generating projects. Celent estimates spending for cloud computing in capital markets worldwide will grow to US$2.8 billion in 2013 (versus an estimated $2.3 billion in 2012).

In the report, Cloud Computing in Capital Markets, Celent provides an overview of available cloud options as well as drivers of cloud growth in capital markets, business and technical issues, and recommendations for firms considering cloud computing options.

Scalable capacity is critical for capital market firms because they need to be prepared for the peaks and valleys of demand for computing and data storage capacity. Peaks can be driven by spikes in transaction volumes or business cycle events. When there is low usage, firms don’t want to pay for unused capacity. Celent believes demand for flexible capacity will increase as firms look to shift more IT investments to a pay-as-you-go model and/or support projects such as analysis and historical back-testing of portfolios that require scalable computing capacity.

Demand Drivers for Cloud Computing in Capital Markets


Considerations for Capital Markets

Lower it costs, improve profits

IT expenses can be significant for firms; clouds can help reduce IT costs and improve profitability.

Faster deployment times

Projects can be deployed sooner because they use existing service provider IT capacity.

Reduce IT and capex investments

Improving capacity utilization reduces excess capacity, reducing IT costs and CapEx for IT.

Adding flexible and burst capacity

Clouds help IT manage capacity to address the peaks and valleys of demand for computing.

“There are multiple demand drivers for cloud computing in capital markets. Cloud computing’s capacity to support Big Data projects should gain momentum this year and next as more firms use Big Data for investment and business analysis,” says Bill Fearnley, Jr., Senior Analyst with Celent’s Securities and Investments Group and coauthor of the report.

This report examines the demand drivers for cloud computing in capital markets as well as the multiple service models available: software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Celent also reviews multiple technical considerations when implementing clouds in capital markets and analyzes IaaS deployment models including public, private, hybrid, and industry clouds.