WINNERS: Best Infrastructure Provider to the Sell Side — BT Radianz Services: Sell-Side Technology Awards 2014

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6 May 2014
London, United Kingdom

Article by James Rundle, Waters Technology

The word “infrastructure” can mean different things to different people. But while the specifics can be contested—hardware, software, or something in between—the basic principle of infrastructure is its ability to provide a backbone for any organization’s operational capabilities. The form this takes has changed dramatically over the years, with in-house server estates moving to outsourced technology providers, and now with the advent of cloud acceptance, something new entirely. BT’s win in this category isn’t just appropriate based on the strength of its entry and its formidable client base, but also as an expression of how technology itself is shifting in the modern era.

BT Radianz Services provides grid connectivity and virtualization services to its clients, with the telecom vendor’s global reach offering what can only be described as an unrivalled potential for worldwide connectivity. BT eschews the traditional “five nines” uptime promise in its service-level agreements, promising 100 percent as a baseline. It has hundreds of application providers on the network, all of which can deliver mission-critical software through the pipelines provided by BT.

As clients expect the financial services industry to be diversified in its offerings, though, the same is true for those sell-side firms and their third-party vendors. In this, BT shines, coupling its infrastructural power with the secure, resilient and proven cloud offering in the form of the BT Radianz Cloud platform, along with its traditional laser focus on products through trading turrets. The launch of BT One Voice Radianz obviates the need for separate physical lines and equipment while off site, while the burgeoning value proposition of the BT Unified Trading portfolio is becoming distinctly hard to ignore.

BT eschews the traditional “five nines” uptime promise in its service-level agreements, promising 100 percent as a baseline. It has hundreds of application providers on the network, all of which can deliver mission-critical software through the pipelines provided by BT.

Much discussion in financial technology is on the attention-grabbing areas of high-frequency trading, regulatory compliance and big data, although none of these would exist without a solid infrastructural foundation, and it is here that BT demonstrates its fluency with technology on the sell side, continuing to impress with its attention to innovation and improving its existing range of products and services. In an age when the growth of non-local computing and a shift away from high-expense technology projects continues to manifest, firms such as BT that combine the essential benefits of the cloud and high-performance computing with domain expertise, and a focus on both security and reliability, are well positioned to take advantage of the next stages in technology development.

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