Buy-Side Technology Awards 2015: Best Cloud Provider to the Buy Side—Eze Castle Integration

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It was only a matter of time before Eze Castle Integration (ECI) won this category. ECI—not to be confused with Eze Software Group (see page 50)—was at the vanguard of cloud’s explosion and was signing buy-side clients long before the technology became popular with hedge funds. After BT won the award in 2012 and 2014, with Microsoft winning in-between, ECI gets to add its name to those behemoths as a winner of this category.

Established in 1995, Eze Castle has helped launch over 3,000 funds and now covers the buy side in the US, the UK and in Asia. Built within the Eze Private Cloud are five essential offerings.

First is the Eze Managed Suite, a complete IT bundle of applications and file services. There’s the infrastructure-as-a-service offering, dubbed Eze Managed Infrastructure, that offers a suite of hosting services. Eze Voice is, as the name implies, a cloud-based voice service. In October, Eze Voice was rolled out in the UK to help with new regulations. The voice-over-IP platform aims to help firms cut down on organizational boundaries while reducing expenditures. There’s the ECI Link Global Network that connects to trading parties such as NYSE Technologies and the SunGard Global Network. And finally, there’s Eze Disaster Recovery. Launched in 2006, it has served as the disaster recovery platform for numerous buy-side institutions through various outages, including Hurricane Sandy. The Eze Private Cloud runs on an active-active model that allows for “recover-point objects” of seconds and features 24x7 monitoring. 

By packaging these services, the Eze Private Cloud aims to help firms cut costs, streamline operations, and improve computing capabilities. Rather than going it alone, the Boston-based company has teamed up with VMware, Cisco, Dell and NetApp to bolster its suite. As cyber-security has become a greater concern for capital markets firms, ECI has focused its attention on defending against hackers by coordinating with security firm eSentire. Earlier this year, Eze was awarded the prestigious UK Government Cyber Essentials Certification. 

“The financial industry is facing mounting cyber-security threats, while regulators are calling for higher levels of preparedness,” says Mary Beth Hamilton, vice president of marketing for ECI. “We have expanded and enhanced the layers of security protecting the Eze Private Cloud platform and regularly work with clients to create written information security policies to address these formal governance expectations and the progressive cyber-security space. Speaking to the trend of increased connectivity, coupled by a more global market and heightened investor demands, ECI continuously enriches our suite of services to accommodate an evolving, sophisticated market.” 

The Eze Private Cloud aims to help firms cut costs, streamline operations, and improve computing capabilities. Rather than going it alone, the Boston-based company has teamed up with VMware, Cisco, Dell and NetApp to bolster its suite.
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