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Blog Entries from 02/2012

Proud of the Company We Keep: Hedge Fund Charities

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

March is a rewarding month for Eze Castle Integration because we have the opportunity to support two of our favorite philanthropic organizations – Hedge Funds Care and 100 Women in Hedge Funds – in their work to improve the lives of children around the world.

We have again signed on as a Hedge Funds Care global sponsor and are looking forward to attending this week’s Open Your Heart to the Children Benefit in NYC. This year the New York Committee of Hearts is awarding the HFC Founder's Award to former Yankees manager Joe Torre for his accomplishments with the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, which is dedicated to ending the cycle of domestic violence.

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Categorized under: Eze Castle Milestones  Trends We're Seeing 



Do You Know the DR Lingo? Key Disaster Recovery Terms Defined

By Kulvinder Gill,
Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Understanding the lingo of disaster recovery and business continuity planning is essential to ensuring a firm is fully knowledgeable during the planning process and prepared should an incident occur. Here at Eze Castle Integration we are regularly defining key DR terms for our hedge fund clients. Since we fancy ourselves experts on all things hedge fund DR related, we have have developed this handy list of common DR definitions.

Application RecoveryDR Dictionary
A component of Disaster Recovery that deals with the restoration of business system software and data, after the operating system environment has been restored or replaced.

Business Continuity
A system of planning for, recovering and maintaining both the IT and business environments within an organization regardless of the type of interruption. In addition to the IT infrastructure, it covers people, facilities, workplaces, equipment, business processes, and more.

Categorized under: Disaster Recovery  Business Continuity Planning 



What Makes Hybrid Clouds Appealing?

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Public, private and hybrid are the three flavors of cloud computing. As the market continues to mature, interest is growing in hybrid clouds by enterprises looking to get the best of both worlds.

According to the CIO Global Cloud Computing Adoption Survey (January 2012), hybrids are growing in popularity with nearly 20% of enterprise deployments using this model today. Hybrid clouds, which mix the benefits of private and public clouds, offer flexibility and choice of deployment methods without requiring trade-offs around performance, control and security.

While not ideal for many hedge funds today, it is still important to understand the concepts and benefits behind hybrid clouds as their applicability will continue to increase. Let’s take a look at what makes hybrid clouds appealing to some organizations.

Categorized under: Cloud Computing 



Managing Projects with Dignity

By Demetrios Gianniris,
Thursday, February 16th, 2012

When I was 10 years old, a large part of our school’s fifth grade graduation ceremony involved singing songs. I will admit to not remembering very much from that day, but one memory which has stayed with me to this day is our rendition of Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All.” The song has very much remained one of my favorites because it sends so many important messages.

The song’s main messages include the importance of having dignity and self-respect. If you want your life to have meaning, start by making sure you stand for something regardless of the challenges this may require. Developing and practicing dignity and self-respect is the foundation upon which everything else is built upon, including your career.

In the field of project management, resting all your techniques and methodologies upon a foundation of dignity and self-respect will give you and everyone around you tremendous trust and confidence.

Here are 12 ways to kick-start your quest for dignity and self-respect at the project workplace:

1. Put the client’s interests ahead of your own. You are where you are because the client needs you. Strive to deliver more value than expected. You will be rewarded for it down the road.

Categorized under: Project Management  Hedge Fund Operations 



Common Disaster Recovery Misconceptions

By Melanie Petalas,
Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

eze castle integration disaster recovery guidebookOver the years, the Eze Castle Disaster Recovery team has observed some common misconceptions that clients have regarding disaster recovery. Some of the major areas where we see confusion include disaster recovery system testing, documentation review, communication procedures and the importance of business continuity plans.

Our goal is always to help educate our clients so that they can improve their internal processes and be better prepared for disasters. So, to that end, I’d like to take this opportunity to clear up a few of the most common DR misconceptions to ensure that your fund is fully prepared to maintain normal business operations in the event of an outage.

Categorized under: Disaster Recovery  Business Continuity Planning 



Virtualization 101: More than consolidation

By Kaleigh Alessandro,
Thursday, February 9th, 2012

It's a big buzzword in the industry, but do you know how virtualization works? We're here to let you in on a little secret - it does more than you think!

Virtualization is more than just server consolidation and resource utilization. Yes, there is an inherent benefit in consolidating servers to reduce the instance of unused resources by allowing multiple operating systems and applications to run on one server.VMware Virtualization

But the business value of virtualization far exceeds simply reducing your firm’s physical footprint and the number of servers you maintain in your Comm. Room or data center.

Following are some key virtualization features that can allow your firm to operate on an enterprise level without the traditional enterprise investment.

Categorized under: Disaster Recovery  Cloud Computing  Infrastructure  Trends We're Seeing 



Project Management: Dressing Your Communication Plan for Success

By Demetrios Gianniris,
Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

project and technology managementAccording to Forbes, the most basic mistake employees make at the workplace is underdressing. Your dress code not only says a lot about you as an individual, but in many ways provides the very platform upon which your work is branded and showcased.

Similarly in the field of project management, experienced project managers know that communication is at the core of the successful completion of any project undertaking. Make no mistake – communication is not the only measure of project success any more than dress code is in the workplace. But the fact remains, an amazingly thorough presentation can be overshadowed by a presenter's inappropriate attire, and a project can likewise be won or lost through the channels of its own communication.

Categorized under: Project Management  Hedge Fund Operations 



We Interrupt this Program to Tout a Few Successes

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Here at Hedge IT, we pride ourselves on writing articles that are informative and educational – not company and product promotional.  But sometimes we have to break the rules.  Forbes logoThis week we’ve received some outstanding coverage from Forbes, Wall Street & Technology and HFMWeek, and I just can’t help sharing.  Plus, we found out we’ve been named a finalist for a few hedge fund technology awards, which we think is just grand.

Categorized under: Eze Castle Milestones  Cloud Computing  Trends We're Seeing 



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