From an infrastructure perspective, Fidelity Investments uses a combination of private hosted in company centers plus multiple public platforms, leading to the question, how to manage this hybrid infrastructure?

One key is being flexible, say Maria Azua Himmel, senior vice president of distributed systems at the 71-year old multi-national with $2.13 trillion in assets under management.

Azua is attempting to implement strategies among Fidelity’s application developers to ensure that when new are built they can be run in almost any environment, whether it be one of the public clouds the company uses or inside its own data centers. To do this Azua is advocating for the use of application containers and software-defined infrastructure that can be controlled via application programming interfaces (APIs).

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