Lombard Odier Adopts JBoss Enterprise Application Platform for Wealth and Asset Management

November 26, 2012

Lombard Odier Group, headquartered in Geneva, migrated its business-critical Java applications from Oracle WebLogic to JBoss Enterprise Application Platform.

Customer: Lombard Odier Group

“JBoss Enterprise Application Platform provides us with the freedom and flexibility that we were missing from proprietary solutions. The majority of the applications required for business operations now run more effectively on an open platform.” Sebastien Seymarc, project manager

Geography: EMEA
Country: Switzerland


Business Challenge:

Lombard Odier was searching for an alternative to the WebLogic application server. Since every Java application ran purely computationally on up to three virtual machines, licensing costs also had to be paid.

Software:

Red Hat ® Consulting, JBoss ® Enterprise Application Platform

Hardware:

4 clustered servers from the HP Proliant BL 460c G6 series (6-core Intel dual Xeon X5670 processors, each featuring 128GB RAM), 2 clustered servers from the HP Proliant BL 460c G7 series (6-core Intel dual Xeon X5675 processors, each featuring 64GB RAM)

Benefits:

The company found Red Hat’s middleware solution to be extremely cost-effective, easier to manage, and able to meet new requirements more flexibly.

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Business Challenge:

A Leading Financial Institution looks for Change in its IT Infrastructure

The Lombard Odier Group is headquartered in Geneva. With nearly 1,900 employees, the Group has a presence in the world’s main financial centers and a network of 24 offices in 17 countries.

Over time, developers have created nearly 100 Java applications for various business units.
These include:

• Applications used by employees in consulting meetings
• Applications that compile and prepare market data from diverse sources
• Tools for portfolio management
• Software that trigger transactions in the financial, foreign currency, stock and currency bond markets

Since 2003, the Lombard Odier Group used Oracle WebLogic application servers for the Java applications within its wealth and asset management units. And for most of Lombard Odier’s history, almost all of its Java applications were run exclusively in WebLogic and Windows 2003.

Java Applications in Proprietary Environments prove too Costly

Lombard Odier was searching for an alternative to the WebLogic application server. Since every Java application ran purely computationally on up to three virtual machines, licensing costs also had to be paid.

“Constantly rising costs played a central role in the IT department’s decision to look for an alternative,” said Sebastien Seymarc, project manager and technical architect at Lombard Odier. “Furthermore, we were concerned about the WebLogic roadmap following Oracle’s takeover of BEA Systems. Our ideas and requirements were not represented sufficiently in their future plans.”

The IBM WebSphere application server was considered as an alternative to WebLogic for a short time. However, during the initial examination of the technical features and functions, Seymarc and his team saw the future limitations of choosing this proprietary solution. The WebSphere ecosystem lacked the openness that JBoss had deep in its roots.

Because the JBoss solution grows from an open source project, it offers natural benefits of openness, such as
• Access to the source code
• Open forums
• Easy access to Red Hat® employees through IRC, email, support and forums
• Patches and updates
• Transparency on roadmaps and deadlines.

Additionally, many of the projects were already using open-source technologies (e.g.: sun jax-ws, hibernate, quartz, or others) that were either supported or sponsored by Red Hat. That alone gave Lombard Odier a big incentive to go toward JBoss rather than WebSphere.

Solution:

JBoss as an Open Platform for Business-Critical Applications

Deterred by proprietary vendor lock-in models, the IT managers became interested and engaged in open source alternatives. This led to their discovery of JBoss® Enterprise Application Platform from Red Hat. Suitability for mission-critical applications was tested during an extensive evaluation process and the decision was made to migrate the former WebLogic landscape to an open source environment.

“Unlike WebLogic, Red Hat provides access to the source code, which we can customize to our individual needs and requirements. This gives us the ability to respond to business demands more flexibly,” said Seymarc. “We also benefit greatly from the JBoss Community. We can contribute our innovations to the community while simultaneously taking advantage of technology that other JBoss developers have contributed, which truly fosters faster innovation. In addition, we were able to develop our own JBoss applications in a stable, secure and scalable manner thanks to a subscription-based service and support contract from Red Hat.”

The project team carried out comprehensive reliability, availability, load-balancing, failover and transaction-management tests with various solutions. During this evaluation, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform stood out due to the number of programming options and availability templates featured on a single, flexible Java application platform. Project members thoroughly tested the integrated clustering functions in order to provide scalable and reliable applications.

Additional services from Red Hat Consulting also played an important role during migration and implementation. The project team used Red Hat Consulting through the various project phases, especially during the design phase. Red Hat Consulting set up the architecture and validation prior to the actual migration process. The project team was able to take advantage of Red Hat’s support when designing the new solution and addressing strategic and technological challenges. “During this process, we were able to gain extensive experience that we can now exploit in our current operations,” said Seymarc.

Lombard Odier currently runs approximately 100 Java applications on four clustered servers from the HP Proliant BL 460c G6 series (6-core Intel dual Xeon X5670 processors, each featuring 128GB RAM) and two clustered servers from the HP Proliant BL 460c G7 series (6-core Intel dual Xeon X5675 processors, each featuring 64GB RAM). All servers utilize the Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit operating system.

Benefits:

Open Source Solution Offers More Flexibility

During the design and migration of all the applications, it was clear that the JBoss infrastructure was more flexible and easier to maintain than the previous proprietary solution. The applications were integrated into the application life cycle management processes of the Nolio solution during the functionality test and in preparation for the changeover to JBoss Enterprise Application Platform. Nolio specializes in software for application service automation. Seymarc and his team use the application life cycle management solution to follow new Java application releases as they are shifted to test, integration and production environments automatically from the software repository in the correct configuration.

Seymarc’s team can now provide the required applications to new user groups at a much faster rate through the use of clearly regulated methods and processes. The Group’s IT team has significantly increased its productivity as a result of improved coordination of individual task areas and more straightforward integration of a standards-based, open Java platform.

These Java applications are used by nearly all Lombard Odier employees within the group’s offices, including Switzerland, European Union countries and in offices in North America, the Middle East and Asia. All business-critical applications running on JBoss Enterprise Application Platform are integrated into a complex transaction management system that is highly reliable and available around the clock.

“JBoss Enterprise Application Platform provides us with the freedom and flexibility that we were missing from proprietary solutions,” said Seymarc. “The majority of the applications required for business operations now run more effectively on an open platform. The solution is more cost-effective and has allowed us to save valuable time, which can now be spent on our company’s strategic objectives.”

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