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Options Achieves VMware Cloud Verified Status in NY5

Options Technology | December 29, 2021

Options Technology, the leading Capital Markets services provider, backed by Abry Partners, announced the achievement of VMware Cloud Verified status in their East Coast NY5 data center.

The accomplishment follows the VMware Cloud Provider Principal Partner Status awarded to the firm for their London facility earlier this year.

The Cloud Verified designation indicates that a provider offers a complete VMware-based, software-defined data center infrastructure delivered as a service. 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 that the service received is based on the most advanced VMware cloud technologies.

 “By achieving VMware Cloud Verified status in NY5, we extend our best-in-class multi-Cloud platform to a second region. Alongside our recent achievement of VMware Cloud Principal Partner status in Europe, today’s achievement reiterates Options’ commitment to delivering industry-leading expertise in multi-Cloud services. We are excited to expand this offering further across the globe in the coming months.”

Options’ President and CEO Danny Moore 

Today’s news comes as the latest in a series of strategic announcements for Options, including the acquisition of ACTIV Financial, a Fourth Microsoft Gold Partner Status, and an industry-first partnership with Code Willing.

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 whilst 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 200 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 New Zealand, Options are well placed to service their customers both 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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