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Exploring Cloud Services for Hedge Funds (Seminar Recap Part 1)

By Kulvinder Gill | Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Last week, the Eze Castle Integration team in London hosted their final breakfast seminar of the year looking at Cloud Services for Hedge Funds.

The seminar featured a panel of experts:

  • Simon Eyre, Service Director at Eze Castle Integration

  • Andrew Kaufmann, European Business Development Manager at Viteos

  • Christian Nilsson, Head of Investment Solutions - Practice Lead EMEA at Thomson Reuters

So much information was covered at this event that we’ll be publishing three articles on what was discussed. First up (in this article!), we’ll look at IT outsourcing with hosted services. Next, we will cover outsourcing middle and back office operations.

What are the technical advantages of hosted services over on-premise solutions?

For smaller funds, advantages include:

  • Gaining access to enterprise level technologies that improve resiliency and disaster recovery options

  • Reducing internal IT staffing requirements

Larger funds receive the above benefits as well as:

  • Expanded remote connectivity options that are delivered with hosted offerings

  • Rapid scalability and flexibility, which allow faster implementations when compared with physical hardware

  • Reduced requirements on the IT team to maintain renewals, licensing and warranties

  • Allowing internal IT resources to be focused on strategic technology initiatives

What are the cost advantages achieved with hosted services?

  • Significantly less equipment to be purchased, which delivers numerous benefits including reducing initial capital expenditures

  • Reduced Comm Room or Data Room requirements within the office, which means expensive office space and resources (i.e. HVAC) can be allocated to revenue producing functions

  • Hardware refreshes are handled by the service provider behind the scenes and costs are built into the service agreement so the client pays little to nothing for the tech refresh

  • Firms gain instant access to the latest technology solutions

What is the impact of hosted services on an internal IT department?hedge fund tech guidebook

  • Dependencies on specialist IT staff (Networking, SAN Engineer, Virtualisation) are reduced

  • Current staff can focus on solutions and applications that add value to the business rather than hardware support and maintenance

  • Ownership of software upgrades and maintenance is the responsibility of the hosting provider and built into the monthly costs

Be sure to come back Thursday for part two on Exploring Cloud Services for Hedge Funds, where we will dive further and provide useful tips and resources.

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