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Finding Your One-Stop Shop: The Benefits of Choosing an All-Inclusive IT Provider

By Emma Howie,
Thursday, November 21st, 2013

As hedge funds continue to grow and prosper, the need for a “one-stop shop” IT Finding Your One Stop Shop IT Provider
provider is becoming increasingly necessary. As a fund manager, your job is demanding enough; therefore, finding one company that can hone in on your technology needs and quickly provide solutions is a smart investment, as well as a good relief. Here are a few of the main benefits firms can realize in working with a single, all-inclusive IT provider.

Categorized under: Outsourcing  Launching A Hedge Fund 

Three Ways Your Cloud Provider Can De-Stress Your Life

By Kaleigh Alessandro,
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

As a hedge fund or investment management firm, you’re juggling a lot. Hedging bets, pitching investors, running day-to-day operations – there’s a lot on your plate. That’s why working with an experienced cloud services provider can offer benefits beyond just infrastructure.

Let’s take a look at three different ways your cloud services provider can de-stress your busy life and provide you with much needed value.

Moving to the cloud benefits1. Free up your space.

One of the beauties of a cloud computing environment is the near elimination of physical hardware and equipment on-site at your office. When managing your own server room or Communications (Comm.) room, you are responsible for housing a variety of equipment such as servers, UPS units, networking equipment and cables, spare parts, etc. Not to mention you need the real estate for it all. And don’t forget – much of this equipment runs on a three-year refresh cycle, which means you’ll have to upgrade everything in the near future.

Categorized under: Cloud Computing 

Putting BCP on Your Holiday To-Do List

By Lisa Smith,
Thursday, November 14th, 2013

We all have “to-do lists,” and we all have our own way of managing how and what gets done. Having BCP on my to-do list is easy; this is what I think about every day and all day. But not everyone has the same responsibility. However, business continuity is like health insurance; it needs to be active. We all need it, but it’s not something we think about every day.Putting BCP on Your To Do List

Disruptions can occur at any time and without warning, which is why we should always be thinking about what we need and how we would respond during a disaster. Let’s not forget the tsunami that hit Thailand in 2004 during the holiday season. Thousands of foreign tourists were in Thailand during that disaster, and many were unaware of the risks within the area, evacuation routes and how to receive assistance.

Categorized under: Business Continuity Planning 

Starting a Hedge Fund in 2014? Here are some key considerations

By Emma Howie,
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Starting a hedge fund is an intensive task and there are many aspects of the business that a portfolio manager must consider.  Expectations are higher than ever, and investors want to see that new hedge fund startups are taking the right precautions and steps to ensure that both the investment strategy and business operations are sound. 

There are a wealth of considerations to review before starting a new hedge fund, and truth be told, most of these points are just as important to keep in mind if you are an established fund. Take a look and you’ll notice these best practices apply to more than just new launches.


Categorized under: Launching A Hedge Fund  Cloud Computing  Hedge Fund Operations  Hedge Fund Regulation  Outsourcing 

Cybersecurity Insurance Evolving to Protect Businesses From Increasing Threats

By Kaleigh Alessandro,
Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Last month, former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said the most significant threat we face as a nation is cybersecurity. That’s a pretty jarring statement given the threats our country faces in terms of terrorism and war, for instance. But the reality is, cyber networks have become the gateway for risks both on the global terrorism front as well as within our internal circles at our places of business.Security Headlines
With watchful eyes geared towards security threats, interest in cybersecurity insurance continues to rise. The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Commerce have identified cybersecurity insurance as a viable opportunity to thwart the effects of security breaches and attacks by:

  • Promoting widespread adoption of preventative measures;
  • Encouraging the implementation of best practices by basing premiums on an insured’s level of self-protection; and
  • Limiting the losses that companies face following a cyber-attack.

Categorized under: Security  Hedge Fund Operations  Trends We're Seeing 

Why Hedge Fund Data Center Selection Processes Matter

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Data center facilities are at the heart of any cloud offering and, as such, are getting more scrutiny as hedge funds evaluate who the right cloud provider is for them.

Earlier this year we created a pretty infograpic that mapped what firms should look for in a colocation facility. Remember this?Hedge Fund Colocation Evauation Map

Since not everyone loves infograpics, we decided to spell out what we look for in a colocation facility. Our due diligence is extensive, but here are some of the high points.

Ownership, Operation & Support: Eze Castle Integration seeks a colocation facility that is owned and operated by a reputable organization with vast industry knowledge and experience. Additionally, the personnel and client support must be of the highest quality in order to ensure that all Eze Castle colocation clients receive the best service and support possible.

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Infrastructure  Outsourcing  Videos And Infographics 

While Your Traders Watch Twitter, Is Your Fund Still Compliant?

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Happy HalloweenFirst and foremost, Happy Halloween!

In honor of Halloween, I’m going to share a trick and a treat about the world of social media and investment firms.

First the trick.

Did you hear the story about how shares of bankrupt Tweeter soared when Twitter announced its IPO?  If not, here goes. According to WallStreetInsanity, on October 4, 2013, “shares in bankrupt TWTR Inc. (OTC: TWTRQ) were up over 1500 percent as the company’s stock soared from $0.0 to $0.15 on extremely heavy volume. Seems some people thought the consumer electronics retailer was Twitter.”

This story demonstrates that traders are monitoring social media outlets for investment ideas even if they are not personally participating. It also shows that many of those folks buying TWTRQ didn’t quite understand how an IPO works or what Twitter will be valued at (certainly not pennies), but we’ll ignore that fact for the sake of this article.

Categorized under: Communications  Hedge Fund Operations  Hedge Fund Regulation  Security  Trends We're Seeing 

Opalesque Radio: Answering Fund Operational Challenges

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Eze Castle on the RadioThis week Opalesque Radio featured an interview with Bob Guilbert, managing director here at Eze Castle Integration, on addressing operational challenges facing hedge funds with cloud solutions.

The 9:30-minute podcast covers a range of topics. You can listen to the full podcast HERE, just jump to the sub-features that interest you most below.

Play Opalesque Interview with Bob Guilbert


Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Launching A Hedge Fund  Disaster Recovery  Eze Castle Milestones  Hedge Fund Operations  Trends We're Seeing  Videos And Infographics 

Goodbye Windows XP and Office 2003: Are you ready for End of Support?

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Thursday, October 24th, 2013

On April 8, 2014 two Microsoft products – Windows XP and Office 2003 – will reach "end of support". End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance for these products.

What Does This Mean?

End of support is significant for a number of reasons. First, this means that Microsoft will no longer be a support option should complex issues arise surrounding the software. 

Secondly, Microsoft will no longer provide security hotfixes or any patches for these systems. This means that any security vulnerabilities left in these systems will no longer be addressed by Microsoft and calls to their support will not be worked.

The longer workstations keep Windows XP and Office 2003 versions, the more vulnerable they become to virus/malware/rootkit infestations and risk potential data compromise. 

Microsoft XP End of Life


Categorized under: Software  Infrastructure  Security  Trends We're Seeing 

Cyber Security is Changing: How to Build a Secure Hedge Fund

By Kulvinder Gill,
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Last week, Wednesday 16 October, the Eze Castle Integration team in London hosted a breakfast seminar on Cyber Protection: Building a Secure Investment Firm.

Cyber security is one of the greatest threats facing the hedge fund and alternative investment industry. The 2008 financial crisis brought a wave of new and sophisticated attacks, as well as a high rise in security incidents to the industry. With this changing landscape in mind, our panel of experts -- Simon Eyre, Director of Service at Eze Castle Integration; Lawrence Brown, Partner at Simmons & Simmons; and Sean Blenkhorn, Director, Solutions Engineering at eSentire -- got together to address this very topic.

The hedge fund and investment industry is especially vulnerable to threats since they present hackers with opportunities to profit from sizeable asset pools. Many fund managers assume hackers are focusing on higher profile targets such as retails banks, but the reality is that they are targeting unprepared investment firms of all sizes.

What can investment firms and their service providers do to protect themselves?

Fund managers, as well as their service providers, should regularly review the security threat landscape and their security safeguards. Adopting the following steps can help protect firms from cyber crimes:

  • Clarify roles and responsibilities - Identify key individuals responsible for maintaining the various aspects of your firm's security plan.

Categorized under: Security 

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