Financial markets are witnessing an unprecedented explosion in the availability of data, and the firms that survive will be able to leverage this information to increase their profit and expand their opportunities in a global world. Large firms must build their own datacenters to manage this data. In such an environment, the CIO’s ability is crucial to lead an effective data strategy to capture, process, and connect data to all the relevant lines of business. At the core of this strategy lies the datacenter – the repository of all information. While there are books that discuss the mechanics, hardware and technicalities of datacenters, no book has yet made the connection between enterprise strategy and datacenter investment, design and management. Next Generation DataCenters in Financial Services is a solution driven book for management that demonstrates how to leverage technology to manage the seemingly infinite amount of data available today. Each chapter offers cutting-edge management and technology solutions to effectively manage data through datacenters.

Key Features

Presents cutting-edge technology solutions not available in one place until now Includes step-by-step instructions on how to implement a datacenter strategy based on the author’s recent success with Wachovia’s datacenter Demonstrates how business and IT can be aligned in financial services


Chief Information Officers (CIO), Chief Technology Officers (CTO) and Chief Operating Officers (COO) of financial services firms.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Accelerating Need for Data Centers Chapter 2: Challenges in Legacy Architecture Chapter 3: Meta-IT: Align Business and IT for Results Chapter 4: Design from the Top-Down Chapter 5: Implement the Right Choices from Hardware to Software Chapter 6: Extreme Optimization and Eco-fficiency Chapter 7: Manage for Scale and Evolution Chapter 8: Leading Vendors and Service Providers


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About the author

Tony Bishop

TONY BISHOP is the Founder and CEO of Adaptivity, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, with teams in New York City, San Francisco, London, and Tokyo. As Chairman and CEO, Tony leads the team and provides hands-on coaching, thought leadership and executive strategy support for our key clients and partners. He is an innovative IT executive, with an excellent track record in strategy, design, and the implementation of business-aligned enterprise technology platforms across large organizations. He most recently served as SVP and Chief Architect of Wachovia’s Corporate Investment Banking Technology Group, where his team designed, built, and implemented a leading-edge service-oriented architecture and utility computing infrastructure. Tony Bishop is well-known in the industry for having led the team that built Wachovia’s award-winning data center. The team was awarded Network World’s “Enterprise All-Star Award” for successfully consolidating infrastructure and applying “green” computing strategies to achieve a project ROI of 300% (50 applications over 300 servers were reduced to 50 shared/allocated servers). Tony has been quoted and interviewed widely in the media on his innovative and successful approach to data center optimization. Examples include: • “Your Datacenter Makeover: Have Someone Else Do It”, On-Demand Enterprise, August 17, 2008 [] • Beth Schultz, “How to create a business-boosting virtualization plan,” Network World, 08/18/2008 []


Tony brings together a rare combination of business alignment and IT discipline to solving the crisis firms face with their datacenters.  His proven track record resonates throughout the book with sound, logical advice for firms to implement transformation in a consumable building block manner.  The strategy blueprint laid out methodically in the book can be best summarized for readers as business differentiation through IT transformation.
--George A. Vega, CIB Managing Director, Global Markets & Investment Banking Technology