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Options Announces VMware Cloud Verified Status in Park Royal Data Center

Options | August 01, 2022 | Read time : 03:34 min

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Options Technology, the leading Capital Markets services provider, today announced the achievement of VMware Cloud Verified status in their Park Royal Data Center.

The accomplishment follows the VMware Cloud Provider Principal Partner Status awarded to the firm last year, along with Cloud Verified status at 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 individual client needs specifically.

VMware Cloud Verified partner services enable customers to achieve unmatched levels of consistency, performance, and interoperability for traditional and containerised enterprise applications with the confidence the service received is based on the most advanced VMware cloud technologies.

Options President and CEO Danny Moore said, “We are delighted to announce the addition of Park Royal to our growing portfolio of cloud solutions and Options’ third VMware Cloud Verified status in recent months.

Today’s news not only validates the rapid expansion of services across our global backbone but Options’ unique position as the partner of choice in the delivery of holistic, flexible, and resilient cloud strategy for clients.”

Today’s news comes as the latest in a series of strategic announcements for Options, including its seventh Microsoft Gold Partner status, 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.

About Options
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 8 key cities; New York, Toronto, Chicago, London, Belfast, Hong Kong, Singapore, 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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Napatech | July 06, 2022

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Data center operators therefore need to be able to select offload solutions that are compatible with the relevant standards, to avoid having to create custom, vendor-specific versions of their software. The latest upgrade to Napatech's Link-Virtualization™ software, release 4.4, addresses this challenge by incorporating networking and virtual switching features that implement full support for the relevant open standards, while delivering best-in-class performance and functionality. Specifically, Link-Virtualization now supports a fully hardware-offloaded implementation of the Virtio 1.1 Input/Output (I/O) virtualization framework for Linux, including the standard kernel NIC interface, which means that guest Virtual Machines (VMs) do not require a custom or proprietary driver. Link-Virtualization also supports the open-standard Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) fast-path running in guest VMs to maximize the performance of functions such as Open Virtual Switch (OVS). 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Flexential Announces New Capabilities to Hosted Private Cloud - Advanced Access

Flexential | August 16, 2022

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VMware Advances Multi-Cloud Management with VMware Aria

VMware | September 02, 2022

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