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Blog Entries from 06/2012

MPLS Networks Simplified

By Dina Ferriero,
Thursday, June 28th, 2012

What is an MPLS Network?

MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) is a mechanism in high-performance telcom networks that directs data from one place on the network to another based on short path labels rather than long network addresses. MPLS is highly scalable and protocol agnostic.

In an MPLS network, packets of data are assigned labels, and all packet-forwarding decisions are made solely on the contents of these labels, eliminating the need to examine the packets themselves. As a result, end-to-end circuits can be created across any type of transport medium, using any protocol.

At Eze Castle, we like to boast that our private cloud services are delivered via an MPLS network which connects our data centers. That sounds good, but what are the real benefits of this type of network infrastructure? We asked our vice president of networking services, Mike Abbey, for some insights. Here’s what we learned.

Categorized under: Communications 

Data Jurisdiction in the Cloud: The Patriot Act Fear Factor

By Kulvinder Gill,
Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Cloud computing has gained popularity over the years and is now fast approaching a global scale as hedge funds around the world leverage this innovative technology to help improve efficiency and cut costs. However, cloud computing raises unique data regulation and jurisdiction considerations as cloud environments span multiple geographic locations and data is not tied to one physical location.  In today’s article we will look at data regulation and jurisdiction considerations for UK companies utilising US headquartered cloud providers.

Many cloud service providers are increasingly serving customers outside their home markets and using service delivery models that require the transmission of data across borders, which has led to a great deal of fear about the rights of access under the USA PATRIOT Act and the geographical extension of those.

Beyond the US, in December 2011 the European Commission published results of its cloud computing consultation, which showed a lack of understanding about the EU legal framework that cloud computing should be implemented within. It also signaled that there is still a widespread need for clarification on rights, responsibilities, data protection and liability in the cloud, especially in cross-border situations.

Categorized under: Hedge Fund Regulation  Cloud Computing 

Brand Equity: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

By Kaleigh Alessandro,
Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Brand Equity. It sounds important. It sounds like you should have it. But what exactly is it? And why does it matter?Eze Castle Integration Website

We recently conducted an internal training to talk about just that, and we thought we’d share some of our insights and tips with our Hedge IT audience!

Brand equity is commonly defined as a set of assets linked to a brand’s name and symbol that adds to the value provided by a product or service to a firm and/or its customers. Traditionally, branding elements include a company’s name, logo, images and perceptions.

For example, Eze Castle’s brand can be seen throughout our corporate website (pictured here) in the logo, colors and fonts we use.

Categorized under: Trends We're Seeing 

Team iPad or Team Surface? A look at new Apple and Microsoft innovations

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Apple AWDCHappenings from the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (AWDC) were leading the news last week as Apple faithfuls (and investors too) patiently awaited (and speculated) what the world’s innovator had up its sleeve. While no new iPhone was announced, the company didn’t completely disappoint.

Not to be outdone, Microsoft introduced its first tablet this week – the Surface – but more on that later.

Here is a snapshot of Apple’s AWDC news.

Categorized under: Communications  Launching A Hedge Fund  Hedge Fund Operations  Trends We're Seeing 

Happy Birthday Eze! The Castle turns 17 this month

By Dina Ferriero,
Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Cue the confetti and cake - Eze Castle Integration is turning 17 years old this month!

Just as times and technologies have changed, Eze Castle has continuously evolved over the years. We've certainly come a long way from our founding in 1995, when childhood friends John Cahaly (our current CEO) and Sean McLaughlin pitched their first trading solution to Fleet Investment Advisors - a product they developed in a small apartment above Sean's father's dental practice. Today, we have 12 offices across the US, Europe and Asia with a staff of almost 400 employees supporting over 600 hedge fund and investment firm clients.

Our first 17 years have certainly been an exciting ride! Check out our "History of Eze Castle Integration" timeline and some fun facts about our company below. Also, be sure to stop by our new Wikipedia page, which provides more color on the Eze Castle story.

Categorized under: Eze Castle Milestones  Trends We're Seeing 

Cloud Adoption in the Investment Industry: Survey Results Part 2

By Kaleigh Alessandro,
Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Last week, we revealed Part 1 of our cloud adoption trends survey results and detailed how hedge funds and investment firms are currently leveraging the cloud, as well as what kinds of cloud deployment models they are using (private clouds take the cake).

Some additional data points we learned as a result of this survey include the driving factors influencing firms’ decisions to use the cloud, potential barriers to cloud adoption and the key evaluation criteria for cloud services providers. Let’s take a closer look at what survey respondents had to say relative to these categories.

Factors Influencing the Decision to Use the Cloud

There are a multitude of factors that alternative investment firms need to take into consideration as they evaluate cloud offerings. Survey respondents were asked to rank the importance of several factors related to their cloud decision-making, including cost, flexibility, functionality and speed.

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Security  Trends We're Seeing 

Cloud Adoption Survey Results Revealed: Part 1

By Kaleigh Alessandro,
Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Survey Says: Cloud computing is no passing trend!

If you missed it yesterday, we officially announced the results of our “Cloud Adoption Trends within the Investment Management Industry” survey during a live webinar. You can listen to the webinar recording here.

Our cloud survey set out to investigate how hedge funds and investment management firms are using cloud services today, as well as to provide insight into the factors influencing this trend and also the barriers to adoption. Here’s a look at some of the findings:Total Assets Managed by Survey Respondents

Respondent Profile

Our online survey, which was conducted between March and May of 2012, surveyed 125 financial services firms in the United States. Of those 125 firms, 65 percent identified as investment management firms. Additional firm types represented included hedge funds (16%), private equity firms (16%) and fund-of-funds (4%).

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Trends We're Seeing 

World IPv6 Launch Day is Here. What Does that Mean?

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

It’s alive! It’s alive!World IPv6 Launch Day

Well actually tomorrow, June 6 2012, it (aka IPv6) will officially be alive, but that doesn’t work with our Hedge IT blog calendar so today we look at IPv6.

As a refresher, since the inception of the Internet, we have been using IPv4, which totals about 4.3 billion Internet addresses. But with the increasing number of wireless technologies that support the Internet (smart phones, tablet, etc.), these addresses are depleting.

Enter IPv6. The new IPv6 protocol uses 128-bit addresses and allows for substantially more IP addresses – trillions upon trillions of new addresses. The World IPv6 Launch Day marks a key milestone as companies shift their infrastructures to the new protocol, which will eventually completely replace IPv4.

Categorized under: Infrastructure  Cloud Computing  Communications  Security  Trends We're Seeing 

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