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 The Challenge of the Azure Case Study

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In the following case study, we explore how Hentsu employs Azure, Microsoft 365, and Mimecast as a solution to host all on-premises infrastructure in public cloud and eventually adopt a serverless approach to productivity. This azure case study delves into specific client challenges that were resolves step by step.
An established US-based hedge fund firm contacted Hentsu to help them migrate to the public cloud. They had most of their infrastructure either on-premises in their office or in a datacenter.
The customer approached us to seek guidance on how they can migrate to public cloud and make the most use of its native features.
Our customer wanted to embrace the new technologies and ease of management that is being offered by public cloud.

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Save costs for physical hardware.
  • Host email on a SaaS based solution.
  • Improved email security.
  • Improved SLA for Infrastructure availability.
  • Reliable disaster recovery solution.
  • Reliable backup solution.
  • Eventually replace servers and utilize SaaS offering.
  • A possibility of using VDIs as a solution for remote working.
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document icon Key Considerations

  1. Provide a solution that will migrate all on-premises services to a public cloud.
  2. Upgrade Operating Systems and software to the latest versions supported.
  3. Migration of services will follow a phased approach.
    • Phase 1 – Migrate all infrastructure to public cloud
    • Phase 2 – Utilize serverless solutions wherever possible.
  4. Backups should be readily available when required
  5. Disaster Recovery solution should require little to no effort.
  6. The Platform should support windows 10 virtualization
  7. Billing should be transparent and easy to understand with the ability to create custom reports based on usage, environments, ownership and so on.
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 The Solution

Design

After careful examination of the existing infrastructure and a discussion session we had decided to leverage a few platforms to accommodate all requirements. Each platform used was carefully evaluated by us to ensure prior to recommendation to ensure it will be the best offering for our customers. Below are the platforms we used for their transition.

 

Microsoft Azure

  • Host all servers as Azure Virtual Machines
  • Use Recovery Service Vaults to provide both backups and a disaster recovery solution.

Microsoft 365

  • Use native email hosting to host email for the entire organization
  • Provided licensing for Microsoft Office applications
  • Use OneDrive and SharePoint as SaaS options to replace file servers.

Mimecast

  • Use email security features such as spam filters, anti-Spoofing, etc.
  • Use stationary features to provide a standard template for org wide signatures and emails.
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 Roadmap

The migration was divided up into two phases with each phase involving multiple steps to complete.

 

Phase 1

  • Migrate the existing infrastructure to Azure.
    • All servers had their OS updated to Windows Server 2016 (latest at the time).
    • All App servers were updated to use the latest version of the respective app.
  • Migrate their emails to utilize Microsoft 365.
  • Set up Mimecast for email security and standard signatures across the company.

Phase 2

  • Identify all servers whose functions can be replaced with a SaaS solution
    • Domain Controllers would be replaced by Azure Active Directory.
    • File servers would be replaced by OneDrive and SharePoint.
    • Application servers were replaced with a SaaS equivalent. For example, Secret Server was replaced with LastPass.
  • Implement the required solution
  • Provide user training to accommodate to the new ways of working for users.
  • Decommission servers that are no longer being use.
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 Impact of the MS 365, Mimecast, and Azure Case Study

The project allowed us to leverage the offerings of Azure, Microsoft 365, and Mimecast to provide an effective solution for our customer. The initial migration to Azure helped them shave off the high costs of renting space in a datacenter, upgrading hardware and software licenses. It also provided them a cheaper, yet equally effective option for backups and disaster recovery.

Few months after phase 1 was implemented, work on phase 2 began. Once it was completed and all the servers were replaced with a SaaS alternative. This helped them save even more on infrastructure costs. All users were provided training on how to use the OneDrive and SharePoint.

After the project was completed, they were given an environment that utilizes the power of public cloud, while meeting the needs of the organization.

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Date/Time

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

Location

600 5th ave. NY, NY
[et_pb_section fb_built="1" _builder_version="3.22"][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.25" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="3.25" custom_padding="|||" custom_padding__hover="|||"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.27.4"]Hentsū, the global leader in cloud services for asset managers, are proud to have achieved the Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform Competency partner certification.  In recognition of our experience and technical ability providing cloud solutions, Hentsū is now Cloud Platform Gold status in the Microsoft Partner Network, both in the UK and the US. This is less than 1 year since our Silver certification and compliments our Microsoft Tier 1 Cloud Services Provider status in both regions.  Hentsū have been providing Microsoft cloud solutions since our inception in October 2015. The Microsoft Gold partner certification signifies that Hentsū has achieved the highest level of Microsoft partnership program statusHentsū will continue to work closely with Microsoft to remain at the forefront of the latest cloud developmentsproducts and services, as well as ongoing enablement and training.  The Gold competency is recognition of the outstanding skills and expertise of our staffwhich are the foundations of Hentsū capabilities in financial services. This type of investment in training and certification is a hallmark of Hentsū as a technical solutions provider.  Bringing value to our clients  This important designation recognizes that our certified associates are at the leading edge of cloud knowledge and can offer clients the best technical guidance and solution execution. Collaborating with a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner means working with proven technical experts who have built up real experience in the solutions they deploy. Our Microsoft Certified Partner status has a wide range of technical benefits which includes access to cloud services and support.  We are proud of the continued dedication of our staff and their hard work which has enabled us to reach this prestige status. In order to achieve this certification, we had to fulfil extensive requirements, training, certification, and reference case studies. We are honoured to be considered amongst the best when it comes to cloud solutions and support.  Our services  Since our inception in 2015, Hentsū has been pioneering asset manager solutions across all three cloud providers – AWS, Microsoft and Google. We have been steadily growing our expertise and experience with each provider and the solutions we offer. Today we cater for all technology requirements – from the staple of collaboration and security using Microsoft 365, to the high-end data science and quant workloads.        [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.27.4" custom_margin="-35px||-2px" custom_padding="0px||0px"]    [/et_pb_text][et_pb_cta title="Talk to us about your public cloud strategy today" button_url="https://hentsuprod.wpengine.com/contact" url_new_window="on" button_text="Contact Us Today" _builder_version="3.16" button_text_size__hover_enabled="off" button_one_text_size__hover_enabled="off" button_two_text_size__hover_enabled="off" button_text_color__hover_enabled="off" button_one_text_color__hover_enabled="off" button_two_text_color__hover_enabled="off" button_border_width__hover_enabled="off" button_one_border_width__hover_enabled="off" button_two_border_width__hover_enabled="off" button_border_color__hover_enabled="off" button_one_border_color__hover_enabled="off" button_two_border_color__hover_enabled="off" button_border_radius__hover_enabled="off" button_one_border_radius__hover_enabled="off" button_two_border_radius__hover_enabled="off" button_letter_spacing__hover_enabled="off" button_one_letter_spacing__hover_enabled="off" button_two_letter_spacing__hover_enabled="off" button_bg_color__hover_enabled="off" button_one_bg_color__hover_enabled="off" button_two_bg_color__hover_enabled="off"]Need to improve how you run your hedge fund technology? Concerned with your legacy private cloud provider? Not getting the service you need? Hentsū can help! [/et_pb_cta][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

Date/Time

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

Location

600 5th ave. NY, NY
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  The Challenge

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 An established asset manager approached us with a research platform challenge. Their application brought together market data with their own research and opinions into one view to create and evaluate their strategies.

Their legacy implementation ran on several servers as a monolithic application, with a hand managed and complex infrastructure. The overall performance was poor, which is unacceptable in a trading research environment where timeliness, speed and accuracy are paramount. In addition, the ongoing cost of this setup was hard to justify.

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    REQUIREMENTS

    • Ingest various feeds of market data sources
    • Combine the price data, with holdings and position calculations
    • Present dashboards and analytics to research analysts
    • Ongoing low effort maintenance, cost-efficient and automated
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    document icon  Key Considerations

    1. The solution had to be able to process several data feeds reliably and merge with the in-house research data.
    2. Security was paramount, with the highly sensitive trading research information held within the system.
    3. The application had to be responsive, dynamic with auto-scaling and auto-healing capabilities.
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      The Solution

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    TECHNOLOGIES USED

    • Azure App service sharing a single App Service plan
    • Bamboo for app build and deployment to registry
    • Cosmos DB with a Mongo interface
    • Azure Batch execution to handle daily jobs
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    After reviewing the challenges, Hentsū were able to create an elegant serverless solution in Azure leveraging the huge power and scale of the cloud, which is simply not possible in a private cloud. Where possible we used cloud native services for their low cost, breadth of features available, and ease of management.

    Hentsū took the existing legacy application and broke it up into microservices. The code was entirely rewritten into a modern cloud native stack, separating real-time applications from batch processing to be able to handle these appropriately.

    The platform has built-in multi-region resiliency across the Azure cloud and is also hugely auto-scalable based on workloads and user demand. Within the application there are health checks and integrated alerts, automated recovery and restarts if any service fails.

    Utilising such a cloud native serverless solution allows us to obtain huge processing power when needed, and only pay for what was actually used.

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      Technical Details

      The entire platform has been built as a serverless solution. The batch work now uses Azure Batch; scripts have been turned into Docker containers which are scheduled onto temporary machines used for the smallest amount of time necessary. This allows for simplified management, huge parallelism, and low cost.

      The application servers are now hosted with Azure App Service to leverage the reliability and huge number of management tools available. Hentsū built out the data pipelines to move data from the large number of feeds into an Azure Cosmos DB. A managed database was used to take away the headaches of managing a database on a machine, such as patching or disk management, while getting access to features such as georedundant automatic backups and one-button scaling.

      Hentsū also developed the API server that allows individual services to get access to the data, as well as a web app that the client interacts with to perform their data analysis.

      Bitbucket and Bamboo are used as the CI/CD pipelines, which test and build the application and batch Docker containers and then deploy to the container registry, all automatically when the code is updated. This can be adapted to use any repository and build server products if needed, such as Azure DevOps.

      Security is crucial, with all access to the application handled natively within Azure and integrated with Azure AD for a seamless and authentication experience with world-class security.

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       The Benefits of Azure App Service

      Everything you need to secure and manage a web app is contained in Azure App Service:

      • The servers are created as Docker containers, making them easy to create, version, and deploy
      • Deployment tools such as blue/green deployments, split traffic, and slot dependent environment variables for minimal interruption in deployments
      • All authentication handled through Azure Active Directory. This leveraged Azure class security while simplifying the platform development as app security did not need to be included in the app itself
      • One button upgrading / downgrading of hardware, with a change taking around 2 minutes
      • Custom domain handling and TLS/SSL set up in a few button presses
      • Network security, such as restricting access by IP
      • Log compilation and log streaming
      • Encrypted connection strings
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       Impact

      The client was very pleased with the final product, particularly around the much lower cost and ease of administration. Additional iterations of the platform are already being seamlessly deployed, with the underlying infrastructure able to handle any amount of additional data or load from end users.

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      Date/Time

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

      Location

      600 5th ave. NY, NY
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      We are pleased to announce that our recent submission to the CSA Star registry, for our Security self-assessment document, was successful. The Security Trust Assurance and Risk (STAR) Program encompasses key principles of transparency, rigorous auditing, and harmonization of standards. Companies who use STAR indicate best practices and validate the security posture of their cloud offerings.

      The STAR registry documents security and privacy controls provided by popular cloud computing offerings. This publicly accessible registry allows cloud customers to assess their security providers in order to make the best procurement decisions.

      As a member of this registry we:

      • Provide our customers with a high level of transparency and confidence that we use best cloud security practices
      • Help customers make the best procurement decision for them
      • Define gaps and improve our security posture
      • Continuously improve and reach higher, third-party audited, security level and certification

      With the successful submission of our self-assessment document to the CSA registry, we have completed our first step on the road to the full STAR Level 3 Goal.

      For more information click here: https://cloudsecurityalliance.org/star/

       

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      About Hentsū

      We have the breadth and depth of knowledge and experience to design, build and manage every aspect of your hedge fund technology. We offer next generation Corporate IT with cloud-based offerings such as O365 and OneDrive, Cloud Strategy Roadmap Design and Implementation, Data Science as a Service and Regulatory Technology solutions.

      Talk to us about your public cloud strategy today. Contact us at hello@hentsu.com

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      Need to improve how you run your hedge fund technology? Concerned with your legacy private cloud provider? Not getting the service you need?

      Hentsū can help!

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      Date/Time

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

      Location

      600 5th ave. NY, NY
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      We are pleased to announce that the 2019 AITEC DDQ is now available to all AITEC and AIMA members and we are now formally on the AITEC vendor list. The AITEC-AIMA DDQ for Vendor Technology and Cyber Security was created to streamline the process of conducting due diligence on vendors servicing the alternative asset management industry. We are proud to join this list of innovative solution providers as we continue to offer top expertise to our clients.

      Do not hesitate to reach out to us for more information on the AITEC DDQ.

      Click here, for more information on our memberships and partnerships: https://hentsu.com/solutions/ and additional information on AITEC can be found here: https://www.aitec.org.

       

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      About Hentsū

      We have the breadth and depth of knowledge and experience to design, build and manage every aspect of your hedge fund technology. We offer next generation Corporate IT with cloud-based offerings such as O365 and OneDrive, Cloud Strategy Roadmap Design and Implementation, Data Science as a Service and Regulatory Technology solutions.

      Talk to us about your public cloud strategy today. Contact us at hello@hentsu.com

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      Need to improve how you run your hedge fund technology? Concerned with your legacy private cloud provider? Not getting the service you need?

      Hentsū can help!

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      Date/Time

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

      Location

      600 5th ave. NY, NY