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Understanding Cloud Computing: Benefits and Challenges for Investment Firms
Bob Guilbert, Managing Director
Eze Castle Integration
Dec 2010

With IT budgets tighter over the past two years, many hedge fund and investment firms have had to make changes to their businesses. Staff, systems and budgets continue to be closely monitored in an effort to reduce costs and increase efficiencies.

Investment firms, more than many businesses, rely on premier technology for swift trade execution, secure data protection and much more. But firms are still looking for the right balance between reducing the IT budget and maintaining robust and efficient systems to support performance needs.  Beyond existing firms, new start-ups are entering an investor market that expects them to have sophisticated processes and operations on day one. How can these firms have enterprise-level technology on a small operating budget?

Cloud computing is one solution, and it is gaining a lot of popularity within the industry. In this article, we will examine both the key benefits and challenges associated with cloud computing as well as dive deeper into the various cloud environments that firms can use.

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