Options | November 02, 2022
The accomplishment follows the VMware Cloud Provider Principal Partner Status awarded to the firm last year. Options also holds Cloud Verified status at NJ2, PRDC, LHC, LD4 and NY5 sites.
Cloud Verification assures that a partner is validated to expertly deliver cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service across VMware’s best-in-class network, storage, and compute solutions to meet specific individual client needs.
It also enables customers to achieve unmatched consistency, performance, and interoperability levels for traditional and containerised enterprise applications based on the most advanced VMware cloud technologies.
“Toronto has emerged as a leader in the convergence of tech leadership, financial services and innovation, bringing best-in-class infrastructure even closer to our clients and bolstering our operational presence in the region. As the sixth certification in recent months, today’s news is a further demonstration of Options’ growing portfolio of VMware solution architecture and the continued rollout of service excellence, capability and choice for our customers across the capital markets.”
Options President and CEO Danny Moore
Today’s news comes as the latest in a series of strategic announcements for Options, including its tenth Microsoft Gold Partner status, its partnership with on-demand market data provider QUODD, hosting capabilities in Aruba IT3 Bergamo, and the launch of its Quantify and Data Store products.
In 2019, Options received investment from Boston-based Private Equity Firm Abry Partners. This investment has enabled Options to accelerate its growth strategy and develop its technology platform while expanding its global reach in key financial centres.
Options Technology is the No. 1 provider of IT infrastructure to global Capital Markets firms, supporting their operations and ecosystems.
Founded in 1993, the firm began life as a hedge fund technology services provider. Today, the company provides high-performance managed trading infrastructure and cloud-enabled managed services to over 550 firms globally, providing an agile, scalable platform in an Investment Bank-grade Cybersecurity wrapper.
Options clients include the leading global investment banks, hedge funds, funds of funds, proprietary trading firms, market makers, broker/dealers, private equity houses, and exchanges. With offices in 9 key cities; New York, Toronto, Chicago, London, Belfast, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Auckland, Options are well placed to service its customers on-site and remotely.
In 2019, Options secured a significant growth investment from Abry Partners, a Boston-based sector-focused private equity firm. This investment has enabled Options to considerably accelerate its growth strategy to invest further in its technology platform and expand its reach in key financial centres globally.
Options has been named among the UK’s leading growth companies in the 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017 Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table.
About Abry Partners
Abry is one of the most experienced and successful sector-focused private equity investment firms in North America. Since its founding in 1989, the firm has completed over $82 billion of leveraged transactions and other private equity or preferred equity placements. Currently, the firm manages over $5.0 billion of capital across their active funds.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise | November 03, 2022
Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced a next generation compute portfolio that delivers a cloud operating experience designed to power hybrid environments and digital transformation. The new HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers provide organizations with intuitive, trusted, and optimized compute resources, ideally suited for a range of modern workloads, including AI, analytics, cloud-native applications, graphic-intensive applications, machine learning, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and virtualization.
“The foundation of any hybrid strategy is compute, HPE Compute brings businesses closer to the edge, where data is created, where new cloud experiences are delivered, and where security is integral. The new HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers are engineered for the hybrid world to deliver an intuitive cloud operating experience, trusted security by design, and optimized performance for workloads.”
Neil MacDonald, executive vice president and general manager, Compute, at HPE
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Intuitive cloud operating experience
On HPE ProLiant servers, an HPE GreenLake for Compute Ops Management subscription provides a cloud-native management console. This increases operational efficiency by securely automating the process to access, monitor, and manage servers, no matter where the compute environment lives.
The console provides simple, unified, and automated capabilities to allow customers to control their compute with global visibility and insight. Customers can also easily onboard thousands of distributed devices and benefit from faster server firmware updates to focus efforts on business operations, and not on managing complex IT infrastructure.
HPE GreenLake for Compute Ops Management also includes carbon footprint reporting for customers to view emission metrics, from individual servers to full compute environments, to monitor energy usage.
Trusted security by design
HPE continues to lead and deliver secure infrastructure, from edge to cloud, starting at the silicon level with the HPE Silicon Root of Trust, an industry-exclusive security capability that protects millions of lines of firmware code, from malware and ransomware, with a digital fingerprint that is unique to the server. Today, the HPE Silicon Root of Trust secures millions of HPE servers around the world.
The next-generation HPE ProLiant servers build on this security innovation with the following new features to protect data and systems:
Ensure verification and authentication for device components with the new version of the HPE Integrated Lights-Out (iLO), with iLO6. ILO is a remote server management software that enables customers to securely configure, monitor, and update HPE servers seamlessly. The latest version features new authentication using the Security Protocol and Data Model (SPDM), a key security capability in servers for authenticating and securely monitoring devices in an open standards-based approach.
Prevent alterations to unique server identity access with the inclusion of platform certifications and Secure Device Identity (iDevID) by default.
Gain an additional layer of authentication by monitoring a secure boot and system state through the Trusted Platform Module (TPM).
Adopt the highest level of security through the HPE Trusted Supply Chain. The HPE Trusted Supply Chain advances end-to-end security with certified servers that feature hardened data protection during the manufacturing process. Recently, HPE extended options for certified servers, from US-based factories, to produce and ship worldwide.1
Optimized performance for any workload
As organizations run more demanding workloads, including AI, machine learning, and rendering projects, they require optimal compute and accelerated compute performance. The next-generation HPE ProLiant servers are optimized to deliver high performance on an organization’s most data-intensive workloads and support a diverse set of architectures, including 4th Generation AMD EPYC™ processors, 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, and Ampere® Altra® and Ampere® Altra® Max Cloud Native Processors.
Compared to the previous generation, the new HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers support twice as much I/O bandwidth for the most demanding applications, 50% more cores per CPU for improved workload consolidation, and 33% more high-performance GPU density per server to support AI and graphic-intensive workloads.
Service providers, and enterprises that are embracing cloud-native workloads, require dedicated, cloud-native compute to deliver agile and extensible capabilities to drive innovation. In June 2022, HPE announced that it was the first tier-one server provider to offer compute with optimized cloud-native silicon, using Ampere® Altra® and Ampere® Altra® Max Cloud Native Processors in the new HPE ProLiant RL300 Gen11 server.
Delivering a pay-as-you-go consumption model with HPE GreenLake
Organizations looking to transition from one generation to the next, can adopt HPE’s next-generation compute through a traditional infrastructure purchase or through a pay-as-you-go model with HPE GreenLake. HPE GreenLake is an as-a-service platform that enables customers to accelerate data-first modernization and provides over 70 cloud services that can run on-premises, at the edge, in a colocation facility, and in the public cloud.
Additionally, through HPE Financial Services (HPEFS), customers can convert existing technology assets into capital to purchase new or upgraded technology.
Expanding the customer experience with new services
Through HPE Pointnext Services, an award-winning team of over 15,000 experts, customers adopting the HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers can leverage in-depth global expertise to deploy next-generation HPE ProLiant servers and create new experiences, gain real-time insights from their data, and modernize IT to unlock value.
Today, HPE unveiled enhancements to its customer experience, supporting HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers, including:
HPE Pointnext Complete Care Secure Locations offers customers assigned experts to deliver support to locations where access, connectivity as well as electronic and verbal communications, are subject to specific security measures.
HPE Expert on Demand provides customers with access to services professionals with dedicated expertise related to HPE’s next-generation compute offerings.
HPE Support Center, which provides online services and a support platform, has been enhanced to include greater collaboration, case management, enhanced virtual agent troubleshooting and a new digital insights dashboard.
Support for HPE’s next-generation compute has been extended from three to five years, to up to seven years.
HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers featuring 4th Generation AMD EPYC™ processors will be available to order worldwide starting on November 10, and available through the HPE GreenLake cloud platform.
The HPE ProLiant RL300 Gen11 server using Ampere processors is available to order worldwide today.
All HPE ProLiant servers can be purchased through HPE and HPE’s channel partners.
About Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) is the global edge-to-cloud company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all of their data, everywhere. Built on decades of reimagining the future and innovating to advance the way people live and work, HPE delivers unique, open and intelligent technology solutions as a service. With offerings spanning Cloud Services, Compute, High Performance Computing & AI, Intelligent Edge, Software, and Storage, HPE provides a consistent experience across all clouds and edges, helping customers develop new business models, engage in new ways, and increase operational performance. For more information, visit: www.hpe.com
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HPE ProLiant servers – Customer Quote Sheet
Fernando Hortal, CTO, Pleiades
“At Pleiades, our mission is to assist companies in adopting new technologies and solutions through our technology services, which include architecting labs for proof-of-concepts, and training. Having high-performing, reliable, secure and efficient compute is key to optimizing our business. The new HPE ProLiant Gen11 server is already more powerful that anything we have experienced in the data center, and through the new HPE iLO6, we have gained more control and security of our devices to guarantee the integrity of our compute environment. We look forward to using these powerful capabilities to continue innovating and enabling new workloads.”
Christian Sack, Lead System Architect, Canon
“At Canon, our customers expect the highest level of reliability, performance and security due to their mission critical workload. That is why we are delighted to partner with HPE to adopt next-generation HPE ProLiant servers. This new generation will deliver all the capabilities we rely on from HPE, but with unprecedented levels of performance, simplified management and enhanced security.”
Vasco Portugal, CEO and Co-Founder of Sensei
“At Sensei, we are committed to transforming retail to deliver a seamless shopping experience for customers while also optimizing operations with automated, cashier-less stores. In partnership Through our global OEM partnership with HPE, and using its HPE ProLiant servers that delivers high-performance and versatility to support a range of workloads, we have successfully driven deployed our proprietary AI-enabled applications software and hardware platform that turns physical stores autonomous and cashierless, while digitizing store operations and boosted inventory efficiencies. We look forward to the new HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers, that will provide even greater performance and flexibility to innovate with AI and machine learning.”
Craig Sinasac, Vice-President Development & Technology at Velocix
"We provide class-leading, carrier-grade streaming technology that our customers use to deliver video services to millions of people around the globe. Our software runs on HPE ProLiant servers to maximise performance, minimise power consumption, and achieve the rock-solid reliability required to stream high-quality video content with the lowest possible latency. We look forward to adding the upcoming HPE ProLiant Gen 11 servers to our portfolio to further extend our performance and flexibility advantage.”
Nate Engum, Information Systems, Kimley-Horn
“Our greatest difficulty was transferring huge data files to our branch offices for updates, and HPE GreenLake for Compute Ops Management solved this problem with a novel approach. Instead of pulling down the entire file, we could schedule updates and the system would download only the necessary data for that specific update. Overnight, the server update process went from about four hours to 45 minutes. That is a considerable improvement in terms of the operational impact of downtime.”
Roger Hilton, Technical Advisor of Global Deployment, Infrastructure, & Integration, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
“We partnered with HPE and worked closely with their engineering team to help bring HPE GreenLake for Compute Ops Management to life. It allows me to rest easy as an IT professional because I no longer have to worry about a component failing or a firmware update breaking our infrastructure. Imagine being on vacation and pushing out firmware without interrupting your holiday. That’s what you get.”
Michael Taylor, IT Director, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team
“We don’t have the luxury of time to relay data back to the factory to process and send results back to the track. We need the ability to process data and make those decisions faster, at the edge, and that is why the team deployed a mobile data center, based on HPE ProLiant servers, to provide our engineering team with the processing power required to compute and visualize data at-scale. There is no doubt that next-generation HPE ProLiant servers will provide the same level of reliability with even greater performance and capabilities to process data-intensive workloads at the edge to unlock insights in real-time.”
VMware | October 17, 2022
VMware a leading innovator in enterprise software, today announced the opening of the VMware Next G-AI Research and Innovation Centre. The Centre will bring together VMware's multi-cloud infrastructure, advanced networking, and Modern Application Development expertise with the latest in emerging Cloud Native development techniques, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies to deliver a sustainable path to 5G+ and 6G technologies.
"Montreal has one of the most significant clusters of AI researchers in the world, as well as a thriving community of innovative startups, Through partnerships with researchers, startups and industry partners, we will be able to bring together cloud, networking and AI to build 6G technologies that are sustainable and centered on human needs."
Kit Colbert, Chief Technology Officer, VMware
The Next G-AI Research and Innovation Centre is part of the TETRA initiative. Located within Centech and ÉTS in Montreal, it supports three connected programs:
Applied Research: In partnership with Mitacs, VMware is working with researchers across Canada to develop sustainable 5G+ and 6G technologies, improve digital equity and rearchitect the Internet to an Open Grid.
Next G-AI Research & Innovation Lab: The Research & Innovation Lab provides researchers and industry partners with access to cutting-edge software and hardware that allows them to quickly validate and demonstrate key concepts.
Modern Application Software Factory: The VMware Tanzu Modern Software Factory provides VMware customers and partners with access to VMware Tanzu solutions and open-source technologies. The offering will comprise, Spring and .Net development expertise and tools, developer accelerators, automated container build service, support for any Kubernetes conformant run time along with the ability to build, run and manage software supply chains that deliver on the 5S promise of (speed, stability, savings, security, scalability).
Through partnerships with Mitacs, Centech and the IEEE, VMware will also provide selected researchers and startups access to both the Next G-AI Innovation Lab and Modern Application Software Factory.
"The Next G-AI Research and Innovation Centre will enable local, national and international research collaboration, and contribute significantly to the Montreal innovation ecosystem," said John Hepburn, CEO of Mitacs. "We are proud to support this critical research to develop 6G technologies, with a focus on ensuring that they are sustainable, equitable and will benefit Canadians across the country."
Partnership with Centech to support Montreal startups
Through the VMware Tanzu Modern Applications Software Factory, select partners and startups associated with Centech will have free access to Tanzu solutions and open-source technology. This set of enterprise-grade, platform-agnostic tools will allow participants to learn how to better build, deliver, and manage cloud native apps designed to run on any Kubernetes on-premises, in the public cloud or edge environments.
"Having access to the VMware Tanzu technology is an incredible advantage for our entrepreneurs," said Richard Chenier, Director General, Centech. "Access to these powerful tools will allow startups to swiftly deploy modern applications, significantly speeding time to market and enabling them to be deployed in any environment."
Addressing the Digital Divide
VMware, Mitacs and the IEEE Future Networks Initiative also announced the first Canadian-specific prize category in the Connecting the Unconnected Challenge, which seeks novel solutions for universal and affordable internet access.
"The Internet is a critical access point to education, economic opportunity, and health information and services," said Mary Ward-Callan, Managing Director, Technical Activities, IEEE. "However, nearly half of the world remains unconnected. Through our partnership with VMware and Mitacs, we're looking to work with Canadian competitors interested in tackling this critical humanitarian issue."
The 2023 Challenge will kick-off in spring 2023, including the challenge specifically dedicated for Canadian researchers that has been jointly developed by the IEEE, VMware and Mitacs.
The Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada, welcomed the opening of the VMware Next G-AI Research and Innovation Centre, adding, "Canada is a global leader in great talent, especially in emerging areas of technology like artificial intelligence and machine learning. This investment will further strengthen our ability to tackle some of the most important challenges facing our society, including the resilience of our communications network, and ultimately support Canadians across the country."
"With some of the top researchers and a pool of more than 27,000 highly qualified talents, Montréal's world-renowned expertise in artificial intelligence has a lot to offer to develop sustainable and accessible 5G+ and 6G technologies," said Stéphane Paquet, President and CEO, Montréal International.
"The past two and a half years have shown us how reliable internet connections are vital to our well-being. This new Research and Innovation Centre puts our metropolis, once again, on the map as a city where knowledge and talent are dedicated to responding to pressing issues with the highest standards of quality."
"VMware's decision to establish its Next G-AI Research and Innovation Centre in Quebec demonstrates the attractiveness and expertise of Quebec in the technology sector. The Investissement Québec International teams are proud to have supported and guided VMware in the development of their project. The establishment of the Centre will advance important research towards 6G networks and provide opportunities for Quebec startups to test and develop their technology," said Hubert Bolduc, President of Investissement Québec International.
VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company's 2030 Agenda.