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Cloud computing continues to gain traction with funds

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Vinod Paul
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

Vinod Paul is an expert in technology integration for financial services firms. He currently serves as the managing director of Eze Castle Integration, a global technology firm. Eze Castle specializes in technology integration for hedge funds, and alternative investment firms. Paul was recently interviewed by Greg Despoelberch for Opalesque TV.

According to Paul, the advent of cloud services has been a game changer for hedge fund IT. "Cloud computing technologies have enabled start-up hedge funds to deliver institutional services to their clientele. Five years ago, a start-up would be really challenged to implement systems like disaster recovery and compliance because it was so cost prohibitive. But cloud computing technology has really been the driving force to enable start-ups to have those services and deliver it to obtain institutional dollars."

He notes that hedge funds have embraced private cloud solutions as a means of providing enterprise level services and scalability while keeping costs low. As the market becomes dominated by institutional investors, they expect and demand the same level of service they are used to from larger funds and banks. For smaller funds to compete, they will have to show that they can meet the same service level.

"Let me talk specifics. Three years ago a hedge fund would have to sometimes ......................

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