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“Avaya products allow Eze Castle to build a very resilient and secure configuration giving us peace of mind.”
—Jeff Johnson, Director of Voice Solutions
SMALL- TO MID-SIZE FINANCIAL FIRMS LOOK TO THE CLOUD FOR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
Tech Services Firm Bases Voice Offering on Avaya Aura® Architecture
In the fast-paced world of hedge funds and private equity firms, technology has always been a competitive differentiator – yet often a function firms were reluctant to manage themselves. That explains the growth of Boston-headquartered Eze Castle Integration, which provides managed IT services to more than 650 financial firms around the globe.
Since opening its doors two decades ago, Eze Castle has led its field. From launching the hedge fund industry’s first cloud computing platform to delivering complete private and hybrid cloud solutions today, Eze Castle continues to innovate and drive the market forward.
Today, Eze Castle supports more than 100 applications in its global cloud platform, Eze Cloud. The strength of Eze Castle’s service and breadth of offerings helped the Eze Cloud earn prestigious awards from Hedgeweek (Best Global Cloud Services Provider 2017), WatersTechnology’s Waters Rankings (Best Cloud Infrastructure Provider 2016) and HFM Technology (Most Innovative Cloud 2017).
“We are focused on providing our investment management clients complete technology solutions that increase their efficiency, resiliency and performance while simplifying their operations," says Mary Beth Hamilton, Vice President, Marketing, at Eze Castle Integration. “The majority of our clients are small to mid-size businesses with enterprise-grade technology requirements. By relying on us as their outsourced IT provider and virtual CTO, clients gain best-in-class IT environments supported by the industry’s best and brightest technology professionals."
- For Eze Castle’s clients, reliability and security are must-haves in a voice solution
- Eze Castle sought a hosted voice offering with the same mobility and softphone capabilities that large financial firms use
- Given that many clients lack in-house IT teams, voice had to be simple for Eze Castle and clients to manage
- Eze Castle can have Eze Voice up and running in days, with employees able to navigate it easily
- Financial clients have the features to stay competitive with larger firms, plus critical uptime and security
- Avaya Aura forms the foundation of Eze Voice, which adds incremental revenue for Eze Castle
A Secure, Reliable Mobility and Softphone Solution
As smaller financial firms look to compete with their larger counterparts, a secure, full-featured voice solution is one of the businesscritical applications they seek from the Eze Private Cloud. When it came time to upgrade its hosted voice offering, Eze Voice, with more mobility and softphone capabilities, Eze Castle evaluated a variety of cloud options before selecting Avaya Aura®.
“We wanted a full-featured voice system that we could control better for our clients,” explains Jeff Johnson, Director of Voice Solutions. “We chose Avaya Aura for a number of reasons, notably our relationship with Avaya and the reliability and configurability of their products. For our clients coming from large corporations, it offers the same functionality they were using before – just scaled to their size.”
Beyond modern communications features, reliability and security are must-haves for Eze Castle’s financial clients. “Avaya products allow Eze Castle to build a very resilient and secure configuration with multiple data centers and multiple connections to the outside world – giving us and our clients peace of mind,” Johnson says.
Eze Voice: Always Up and Running
Avaya Aura serves as the foundation of Eze Voice, and coupled alongside the company’s Eze Private Cloud, the solution gives clients the flexibility, scalability and cost-effectiveness that come with a cloud-based voice service.
Financial firms particularly like capabilities such as flexible pushbutton collaboration between colleagues; high-fidelity sound quality; and the ease of routing office extensions to mobile devices. Eze Voice also seamlessly connects a firm’s offices and employees, eliminating the need for expensive and complex networks, hardware and software. As a cloud solution, Hamilton says, Eze Voice is also attractive to clients because it goes into the books as a capital expense rather than an operating cost.
Orion Energy Partners, an Eze Castle client in New York City, values the reliability of Eze Voice. “The most important capability Eze Voice provides to Orion is the consistent up and running service,” says Sandra Evans of Orion Energy Partners (NYC).
Eze Castle additionally integrated Avaya Equinox™ into the Eze Private Cloud to bring more mobility features to clients. With the softphone application on iOS and Android devices, end users enjoy reliable and secure voice on the go.
"We chose Avaya Aura for a number of reasons, notably our relationship with Avaya and the reliability and configurability of their products."
—Jeff Johnson, Director of Voice Solutions, Eze Castle Integration
Driving Incremental Revenue with In-Demand Voice
From rollout to ongoing maintenance, Eze Castle finds Avaya Aura simple to manage. When a client chooses Eze Voice, the Eze team works closely with clients to design a custom solution, starting with a voice needs assessment to understand the firm’s criteria and growth plans. They can have Eze Voice up and running in days, with employees able to navigate it right off.
“It’s a very intuitive system for the user with a short learning curve,” Johnson says. As a bonus, even startups still seeking office space can establish voice service using the mobile application.
“By adding a highly redundant and secure hosted VoIP solution to the Eze Private Cloud, we have been able to offer a complete cloud business solution and drive incremental revenue,” says Steve Banda, Senior Product Manager at Eze Castle Integration.
Reliability with Avaya goes beyond the solution itself. When the team at Eze Castle needs assistance, they can count on a rapid response from Avaya Support. In fact, as an Avaya Sapphire partner, over the years Eze Castle has worked closely with Avaya regarding requested enhancements, and has seen some of those brought into new releases.
“Avaya really has been a true partner,” Johnson says. “We’ve spent a lot of time with them developing and deploying the product, and they bring a wealth of technical knowledge.”
About Eze Castle Integration
Eze Castle Integration, an Avaya Sapphire business partner, is the leading provider of managed IT services, complete cloud solutions and cybersecurity to more than 650 investment firms worldwide. The company’s products and services include cloud services, managed cyber security solutions, technology consulting, outsourced IT support, project & technology management, professional services, telecommunications, voice over IP, business continuity planning and disaster recovery, archiving, storage, and colocation. Eze Castle Integration is headquartered in Boston and has offices in Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, Singapore and Stamford.
Eze Castle Integration, an Avaya Sapphire business partner, is the leading provider of managed IT services, complete cloud solutions and cybersecurity to more than 650 investment firms worldwide. The company’s products and services include cloud services, managed cyber security solutions, technology consulting, outsourced IT support, project & technology management, professional services, telecommunications, voice over IP, business continuity planning and disaster recovery, archiving, storage, and colocation.