NEW YORK & LONDON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Options, the leading private financial cloud provider for the global capital markets industry, has today announced that it has deployed the instant messaging client, Microsoft Lync, to the Options PIPE platform. This latest addition to the Options platform will see the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) firm offer enterprise clients a complete corporate communications tool that incorporates instant messaging, ‘Voice Over IP’ (VoIP) calls and video conferencing.
“Additionally, it can be implemented rapidly, managed centrally, provide for the addition of new users quickly and manage modern workplace challenges like ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD). It is a terrific addition to the Options platform”
Microsoft Lync will provide Options clients with a consistent, single platform experience that amalgamates a number of different communication tools. Lync’s comprehensive product suite includes VoIP with integrated audio, video and web conferencing, desktop and document sharing, presence information to enhance productivity and collaboration, mobile integration to allow a single user experience across PC, mobile phone, phone and browser, direct dial to Outlook contacts and integration with Microsoft’s equivalent consumer product, Skype. Significantly, it is also highly secure and regulatory compliant.
Lync 2013 will be deployed as part of Options’ PIPE® Core services, a key component of Options’ Private Financial Cloud platform. PIPE Core is a complete business technology infrastructure service providing a robust and resilient technology foundation for day-to-day business communication, regulatory compliance and operations management.
“It is a real thrill to add Microsoft Lync to the Options platform as part of our PIPE Core offering,” said Options CTO, John Bryant.
“From a client perspective, Lync offers an all-in-one communication and collaboration tool which allows employees work virtually from wherever they need to work, and as part of a wider team – both essential requirements of the modern financial enterprise. On the infrastructure side, our Core customers can now replace a number of ageing and complex communication products with a single, robust platform that meets FSA and FCC requirements in terms of security and compliance.
“Additionally, it can be implemented rapidly, managed centrally, provide for the addition of new users quickly and manage modern workplace challenges like ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD). It is a terrific addition to the Options platform,” concluded Mr Bryant.
About Options (www.options-it.com):
Options is the premier provider of infrastructure products to the Global Financial Services sector. Founded in 1993, the company began life as a hedge fund technology services provider focused on the London market. More than a decade ago, the company made a strategic decision to, become the first provider to offer cloud services to the financial sector. The result was the Options PIPE® Platform and the "Private Financial Cloud" offering. Today over 150 firms globally leverage Options PIPE®, including the leading global investment banks, hedge funds, funds of funds, proprietary trading firms, market makers, broker/dealers, private equity houses and exchanges.
Options PIPE® Platform Services:
Experience: PIPE Core
Essential business technology from email and office applications to phones and tablets
Middle & Back Office: PIPE Momentum
Hosting and management of the applications that run your business, front office to back
Trading: PIPE Velocity
Low latency trading, FIX connectivity, market data and computing infrastructure