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A Best Practices Guide to Business Continuty Planning

By Lisa Smith,
Thursday, October 17th, 2013

There has been a lot of discussion about, “best practices” lately when it comes to business continuity and disaster recovery planning, especially as we approach the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. In fact, I had to pleasure of speaking about some specific DR and BCP best practices earlier this week during a webinar, 10 Signs It’s Time to Rethink Your Approach to DR/BCP. You can listen to the replay here.Best Practices for Business Continuity Planning

If you do a Google search for “business continuity and disaster recovery best practices,” you’ll get several options to choose from. However, if you are in working in the financial industry, the first resource you should consider taking a look at is the best practices guide published by the SEC, FINRA and CFTC in August 2013.

Sandy was a remarkable storm that affected many businesses along the East Coast, including hedge funds and investment firms based in the tri-state area. Post-Sandy, regulatory bodies including the SEC, FINRA and CFTC met with several registered advisors to ensure they were prepared for future disasters.   Based on the findings, these organizations developed a four-page best practice guide for investment firms.

Categorized under: Business Continuity Planning  Disaster Recovery  Hedge Fund Operations  Launching A Hedge Fund  Outsourcing  Trends We're Seeing 



10 Signs It's Time to Rethink Your Approach to DR & BCP

By Emma Howie,
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

We teamed up with a couple of Eze Castle’s DR and BCP experts earlier today to discuss 10 signs it’s time to reevaluate your firm’s approach to disaster recovery and business continuity. Steve Banda, Product Manager, and Lisa Smith, Business Continuity Manager (and Certified Business Continuity Professional!), joined us for a live webinar to share their expertise.

Let’s take a look at the 10 signs they outlined. If you’d prefer to listen to the full webinar replay (it’s only 24 minutes long!), you can do so here.

Categorized under: Business Continuity Planning  Disaster Recovery 



If I Were a Cloud, I'd Be...

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Scalable Cloud ImageAfter reading (and enjoying) one too many “you know you’re [insert age/town/job] if you’re [insert something funny]” articles, we decided to have a little fun with our favorite technology topic – the cloud (surprise!).

So, here is how I envision life as a cloud.

I wouldn’t care what I consumed because scalability would be one of my greatest traits.  You might even catch me yelling, “More, more, more…”

 

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Trends We're Seeing  Videos And Infographics 



What is Hypervisor-based Replication? (We know!)

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Are you like one of the millions of people pondering the answer to ‘what is hypervisor-based replication and how will it change my disaster recovery approach’?  I know I was. 

So, let me help you with that!

Our technology experts here at Eze Castle Integration spent some time in the lab testing and evaluating hypervisor-based replication and recently incorporated it into our Eze Disaster Recovery 2.0 offering.  We think it delivers excellent benefits, but let’s start with the basics.

Eze Disaster Recovery with Hypervisor ReplicationWhat is hypervisor-based replication?

TechTarget defines hypervisor-based replication as “a technology that automatically creates and maintains replicas of virtual hard disks or entire virtual machines (depending on the platform that is being used).”  Analyst firm IDC goes on to say that this replication approach “protects virtual machines (VMs) at the virtual machine disk format file level rather than at the LUN or storage volume level, thus replication can be done without the management and TCO challenges associated with array-based replication.”
 

Categorized under: Disaster Recovery  Business Continuity Planning  Cloud Computing  Infrastructure  Software  Trends We're Seeing 



Software Spotlight: Five Questions with Ledgex Director Brian Macallister

By Emma Howie,
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

We are happy to announce that our friends over at Ledgex have just launched their new website. In light of their recent achievement, I sat down with their Managing Director Brian Macallister to pick his brain on who Ledgex is and where he sees the company going in the future. Brian is the chief architect and product visionary of the Ledgex platform and is responsible for leading the company’s engineering, support and client service teams.Brian Macallister, Managing Director at Ledgex
 
Q: It has been a while since we covered Ledgex on Hedge IT.  For our readers not familiar with Ledgex, can you give us your elevator pitch?

A: Ledgex provides a portfolio management system for managers who invest with multi-firms. It delivers key functionality that supports portfolio management, investor relations and manager research for firms that invest with other managers. Through a series of intensive processes we make our clients’ data repeatable to improve integrity, increase efficiency, and reduce error. We have produced a unique enterprise reporting platform and process management system tailor-made for the financial industry.

Categorized under: Software  Trends We're Seeing 



Diary of a Happy Cloud User: Cloud Survey Results Part 2

By Kaleigh Alessandro,
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Welcome back to Hedge IT! Now that you’ve read Part I of our Cloud Survey Findings recap, let’s take a look at some of the other results we found.

Cloud Users = SatisfiedReport: Cloud Usage in the Investment Industry

One of the most interesting findings our 2013 survey revealed was the level of satisfaction investment firms have with their current cloud deployments. Over 90 percent of respondents indicated their clouds (whether public, private or hybrid) were meeting or exceeding expectations in each of the following areas:

  • Reducing IT costs

  • Improving users’ IT experience

  • Simplifying management of IT

  • Allowing firms to reallocate resources to more valuable activities

  • IT performance, scalability and resiliency

  • Providing a high return on investment

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Business Continuity Planning  Disaster Recovery  Hedge Fund Operations  Infrastructure  Launching A Hedge Fund  Outsourcing  Trends We're Seeing 



Most Investment Firms Are In the Private Cloud. Is Your Firm?

By Kaleigh Alessandro,
Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Earlier this week, we announced the findings of our 2013 market survey: Examining Cloud Usage within the Investment Management Industry. If you haven’t already, check out our infographic here.
 
If you’re not up for reading the full report yet, here’s Part I of our Cloud Survey Recap. Be sure to come back next Tuesday for Part II!Cloud Deployment Models
 
As a follow up to our 2012 Cloud Adoption Trends Survey, we wanted to take a closer look at how and why hedge funds and investment firms are leveraging cloud services in today’s marketplace. Working again with IDG Research, we surveyed 101 investment firms across the U.S. about their current and planned cloud usage.
 
Firms covered a wide range of asset bases: 38 percent reported less than $100M; 20 percent fell between $100 and $499.99M; 19 percent between $500M and $999.99M; and 20 percent said they had more than $1B.

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Business Continuity Planning  Disaster Recovery  Hedge Fund Operations  Infrastructure  Launching A Hedge Fund  Outsourcing  Security  Trends We're Seeing 



Cloud Survey Sneak Peek: 2013 Results (Infographic)

By Kaleigh Alessandro,
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

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Survey: Cloud Usage in the Investment Industry
Do you want the inside scoop on how and why your investment firm peers are using the cloud? We're in the know.

Check out our infographic for a sneak peek at the results of our 2013 survey: Examining Cloud Usage within the Investment Management Industry. Next week, we'll share a more detailed recap of the findings. If, of course, you can't bear to wait until next week, you can download our full survey report here.

Enjoy peeking!

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Disaster Recovery  Hedge Fund Operations  Infrastructure  Launching A Hedge Fund  Outsourcing  Security  Trends We're Seeing  Videos And Infographics 



Hong Kong Hedge Fund Real Estate Update: Is Central Still Hedge Fund Heaven?

By Kulvinder Gill,
Thursday, September 19th, 2013

In the past on Hedge IT, we have focused on the real estate markets in both the US and UK. Today, we move across the pond and provide an update on Hong Kong.

Asia has experienced unprecedented growth in its hedge fund industry, especially Hong Kong, despite difficulties in recent global financial markets. However, office space in Hong Kong is still undeniably the most expensive in the world.Hong Kong Real Estate

Hong Kong’s Central District is a bustling location with gleaming skyscrapers and is home to about 90% of Hong Kong hedge fund offices.  According to CBRE Global Research and Consulting’s 2013 Prime Office Occupancy Costs survey, the Central District’s overall occupancy costs of US$235.23 per sq. ft. per year topped the list as most expensive for the third consecutive time.  London’s West End followed with total occupancy costs of US$222.58, and New York’s Midtown Manhattan ranked 10th on the list with occupancy costs of US$120.65.
 

Categorized under: Real Estate 



Hedge Fund Case Studies: Why The Cloud Made Sense for Two Firms

By Emma Howie,
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Last week, Mary Beth Hamilton and Steve Schoener hosted a webinar to discuss hedge funds moving to the cloud and the experience and benefits that they receive as a result.  During this discussion, they highlighted two client case studies to provide examples of various scenarios that drive firms to use cloud services.  Cloud Data

Case Study #1: OMS Says Hello to the Cloud

The first client we discussed was a growing hedge fund based out of Chicago with about 15 employees and $300 million in assets under management.  The firms’ goal was to identify what areas of their technology systems needed improvement. After thorough evaluation, the firm decided they didn’t want to deal with the burden of controlling their own infrastructure and servers and needed the flexibility and resiliency to allow many employees to work remotely.

 

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Disaster Recovery  Launching A Hedge Fund  Outsourcing  Trends We're Seeing 



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