Eze Castle Integration takes the crown for best cloud provider to the buy side for the third year in a row, edging out previous winners BT and Microsoft. Eze Cloud Solutions provides clients with a fully managed private cloud infrastructure system which attracts clients, according to executive director, Dean Hill. “The key thing is that everything that we have deployed is up to date and private. It’s fully managed and maintained by Eze Castle globally with dedicated teams internally,” Hill says. “We maintain full control of the service levels and the quality assurance of the solution. In addition to that, we have investments in best-of breed-technology and the functionality that we continue to deploy into the environment without actually increasing the per-user charge of the cost of the client.”
Eze Castle aims to take advantage of a market increasingly turning to the cloud. Hill says there is more interest in the benefits of a cloud infrastructure, although many still have reservations around security, so the company touts a modular approach to security in the cloud. “We’re seeing quite a big shift in terms of public cloud offerings—what we’ve seen and what we’ve gleaned from conversations we’ve had is that the market isn’t quite ready to adopt full public cloud solutions,” Hill says. “There are still some reservations about global data residency, data security, access and service from the public providers.”
He adds that clients have the option of adding more security features to the firm’s cloud solution.
The reservation expressed by the market around cloud security is why Eze decided to establish an alliance with Microsoft to offer some public cloud services on a hybrid platform. The partnership—which began at the end of last year—is intended to provide flexibility for firms looking to use some Microsoft features like Office 2016, One Drive and Microsoft Exchange, while working within a managed service maintained by Eze Castle. “The benefit is that from a client perspective, federation gives us a level of management and a level of access we need to provide on the Microsoft Cloud that a typical client wouldn’t get if they signed up for Microsoft on their own,” says Hill. “It adds in a layer of security and functionality for us to be able to overlay the regulatory security features that are required for the various markets that we work in.”
Eze Castle Integration also has a number of other partnerships, like Bloomberg for example, for market data feeds that can be offered through its cloud service. Hill says the company is actively working on partnerships with order management systems providers so that the Eze Cloud Solution can evolve into a one-stop platform for its clients’ needs.
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