London - 26 February, 2016 - Hentsū, the hedge fund technology specialist, has partnered with B2N to deliver a full range of real-time and historical market data services to fund managers around the world using Amazon Web Services. The Hentsū Hub leverages the scale and global reach of the AWS infrastructure, and the traditional utility pricing and agility of cloud computing. The Hentsū Hub boasts out of the box feed handlers delivered through a single B2N API for all the major markets, trading platforms and data vendors. “This partnership satisfies the needs of our clients, bringing much needed agility to the market data space. Hentsū delivers real time streaming feeds and connectivity as well as historical time series data for fund managers to run their trading and algo testing strategies.” said Hentsū Founder & CEO Marko Djukic. This new strategic partnership with B2N complements existing Hentsū solutions and services which already leverage the AWS infrastructure, such as research clusters, tick data capture and data warehousing, as well as trading applications. “Time to market has become a critical issue with our clients and prospects” said B2N Founder & CEO Vasko Tomanov. "By using Hentsu’s agile connectivity to the markets and cloud hosted applications our clients can be far nimbler and competitive in today’s difficult markets." Additionally, Hentsū cloud clients are able to release space in their computer rooms, avoid lengthy vendor contracts, deploy rapidly scalable solutions, and appreciate the benefits of technology simplification. Global content can now be delivered rapidly and cost effectively to any of the 12 geographical "regions" in which Amazon Web Services operates, including US (Virginia, California and Oregon), South America (São Paulo), Europe (Dublin and Frankfurt), Asia (Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo and Beijing) and Australia (Sydney).

About Hentsū

Hentsū redefines the way that fund manager and trading technologies are delivered. Hentsū provides fully managed AWS and Azure cloud platforms for fund managers, with on-demand applications, compute clusters, and connectivity to market data providers, brokers, and exchanges. Hentsū helps clients unlock the agility, scalability and resilience, in a secure and compliant cloud environment. For more information please visit: //hentsuprod.wpengine.com

About B2N

B2N was established in 2003 as a market data solutions company and with the release of its flagship product, MarketHub, provides edge software for faster communication with financial markets and the cost-effective delivery of data. For more information please visit: //www.b2net.net

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Date(s) - 01/01/1970
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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600 5th ave. NY, NY
  Hentsū, the specialist hedge fund managed services provider, is proud to announce the upgrade of our AWS consulting partner status to APN Standard Consulting Partner. As an AWS Consulting Partner with our financial services pedigree we are ideally placed to help hedge funds of all sizes design, architect, build, migrate and manage their workloads and applications on AWS.Hentsū is now APN Standard Consulting Partner, helping deliver AWS consulting and solutions to hedge funds

Hentsū and AWS Consulting

Hentsū was "born in the cloud", and since our inception we have worked closely with AWS to deliver specialist hedge fund solutions, which leverage the full benefits of AWS. We hold official AWS certifications and Hentsū consultants have been working with AWS since 2010. We have the necessary skills and technical knowledge to design, deploy and manage complex solutions on the AWS platform. We combine this deep technical expertise with decades of trading and asset management experience, to bring unique value to the projects we deliver. This partner tier upgrade is recognition of the built-in Hentsū AWS skills and capabilities. Find out more about from the Amazon Partner Network site.

Hentsū Cloud Services

Hentsū can help you leverage cloud platforms to drive innovation and business agility. The focus is not just about reducing your costs, but also about increasing system performance and scalability. Migrating complex trading systems to the cloud requires careful analysis and planning, the right architecture and a detailed migration process. For early migrations we work through proof of concepts to identify risks, effective approaches and build team skills and confidence. We use proven methodologies such as the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework, with additional workflows and approaches specific to financial services.

Hentsū Cloud Solutions

Hentsū delivers cloud solutions which are fully compliant with FCA, SEC & CFTC rules and regulations. We embed by default the security, disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BCP) expected in critical fund management environments. Our tooling and experience is cloud agnostic across AWS, Azure and Google, to help deliver the best solutions for our customers.

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Date(s) - 01/01/1970
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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600 5th ave. NY, NY
Virtual desktops are not a new proposition, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) has been touted for many years as a solution to many different problems. There are already a number of commercial offerings from the likes of Citrix, VMware and Microsoft, which have become increasingly sophisticated and functional over the years. Similarly, the thin client hardware for virtual desktops has improved and dropped in cost. The appeal of VDI, particularly in the hedge fund technology market, has grown significantly in recent years. Lately, we have also seen an increasing uptake in the cloud hosted model. The three key factors driving the adoption are security, flexibility and cost, which I’ll go through in more detail.

Security

Probably the most compelling selling point of VDI is the ability to adopt a more centralised approach to managing access controls and safeguarding information security. For hedge funds, protecting the firm’s intellectual property is an absolutely critical function. That doesn’t just mean having the right information security systems and processes to protect from external cyber threats. It is just as important to protect the firm from the possibility that its own staff could walk away with key assets – from client lists to proprietary analytics or investment models. Locking down that information and ensuring no one can save it to local drives, or remote media like USB sticks, or even walk off with the physical kit, can help to simplify cyber security processes significantly.

Flexibility

Mobile working is almost the norm these days. Users are expecting flexible access to their work desktop from home, on the road and from a variety of devices. IT department often struggle to provide this flexibility and at the same time all the security, functionality and corporate integration. Likewise, rolling upgrades of desktops through a collection of physical hardware, or replacing failed PCs can be a logistical nightmare. Virtual desktops simplify this considerably, and make disaster recovery and business continuity a lot easier.

Costs

Finally, costs have to be part of the discussion. However, these are rarely a straightforward comparison. Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) calculations need to analyse the costs for various infrastructure components, software licensing, storage, networking, staff resources and effort, etc.

Hentsū Managed Virtual Desktops on AWS

Our core services involve orchestrating, configuring, securing and providing first line support for hedge fund virtual desktops based on Amazon Workspaces. The underlying Amazon infrastructure is compelling on a number of fronts. Hentsū builds on this, adding additional services, functionality and security specific to hedge funds:
  • Low AWS cost, configurations include Microsoft OS licensing and range from $35/mo to $75/mo, (depending on region)
  • No vendor lock-in, rolling monthly contracts, easy to scale up and down as required
  • Out of the box backups and resiliency
  • Integrated cyber security approach, with antivirus, Active Directory, two-factor authentication, USB lockdown and IPS/IDS
  • Wide range of thin client hardware, which can also be provided on a monthly rental option for a true opex model
  • Private managed software repository (using WAM) for users to on-demand install pre-packaged and certified applications
  • Monitoring and performance tracking
  • Tight integration with additional AWS services and resources
  • Secure, performant remote access from home PCs, laptops, iOS and Android tablets, Chromebooks
So far Amazon Workspaces have proven themselves well in hedge fund environments. We've seen them deployed across both front office as well as regular business functions. As always, this is not the only solution out there and in our toolbox. There are careful considerations to be made for the type of applications that can be run, the overall working environment and the underlying performance constraints. There are limits on virtual cores and memory, but as is often the case of moving to the public cloud, if other AWS services are leveraged properly then this is often more than enough. In a later post, we'll also take a look at how we deploy with RemoteApp.

Date/Time

Date(s) - 01/01/1970
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Location

600 5th ave. NY, NY