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Eze Castle Integration Makes IT Business Continuity Available to Hedge Fund and Investment Firms of All Sizes with New Disaster Recovery Services

NEW YORK, June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- SIA TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE (Booth 3612) -- Eze Castle Integration, Inc., a leading provider of outsourced IT services, today announced its Eze Business Continuity Portfolio, a full-range of managed IT and consulting services that provide complete protection for critical information and systems for hedge funds and investment firms of all sizes. The company is immediately offering its expanded Eze Disaster Recovery Services (Eze DR), three options: Eze DR Silver, Eze DR Gold and Eze DR Platinum that allow firms to tailor their business continuity plan based on strategy and budget.

In the financial services industry, business continuity needs change based on a firm's size, investment strategy, application dependence and regulatory requirements. The Eze Business Continuity Portfolio addresses these needs with three tailored disaster recovery services available today, as well as Business Continuity Consulting Services and voice availability solutions that will be available later this year.

Building on the success of its Eze DR Gold Service, Eze Castle Integration has custom developed two new services, Eze DR Silver and Eze DR Platinum. Together, the three services provide a range of choices that address common disaster recovery demands, including cost-effectiveness, protection of custom in-house financial applications and rapid deployment. Eze DR Services ensure clients have remote access to their applications and data, which reside safely off-site and away from the primary business location. In the event of an outage, any authorized employee can access the information and continue working via the Internet from virtually anywhere in the world.

Longwood Investment Advisors, Inc. is a registered investment advisor that manages portfolios focused on small/mid cap growth securities for institutions and high net worth individuals. Longwood worked with Eze Castle Integration to implement a disaster recovery plan that helps ensure continual operations and no downtime. "Longwood Investment Advisors recognizes the importance of providing investors confidence in both our investment strategies and business infrastructure. Technology systems, such as disaster recovery, are a required component of any sound investment firm. We selected Eze Castle Integration to design, deploy and manage our disaster recovery system based on their proven experience and their solid reputation," said John Robinson, Longwood Investment Advisors.

Each Eze DR Service offering is built to provide the highest levels of quality and availability:
· Eze DR Silver is ideal for firms seeking a cost-effective data protection solution with a rapid 'go live' time.
· Eze DR Gold delivers high availability and disaster recovery for business critical data and applications, such as order management systems, Microsoft Exchange or in-house applications.
· Eze DR Platinum gives firms the optimum disaster recovery and high availability solution with near-zero downtime.

"A business continuity system is no longer a nice-to-have, it is a must-have. We continue to see a marked increase in demand for disaster recovery solutions as hedge funds strive to satisfy stringent investor and SEC requirements for greater resiliency and transparency," said Chris Grandi, managing director, Eze Castle Integration. "Our Eze Business Continuity Services make it easy for firms to implement a tailored, cost-effective solution that addresses their unique information availability needs."

The Eze Business Continuity Portfolio services are managed and operated by Business Continuity Professionals who understand the stringent requirements for successfully implementing and maintaining a disaster recovery plan. Testing is a key weakness of disaster recovery plans, with many investment firms being unsure if their DR site will even work in the case of an emergency. To eliminate this concern, the Eze business continuity team conducts quarterly audits and tests with the client to ensure smooth operation in the event of an outage.