Financial Services Case Study
Tehama teams with partner Sycomp to enable a fractional equities trading and embedded investing firm to improve productivity with secure, compliant, and scalable enterprise-ready virtual desktops
A U.S.-based financial services firm, focused on fractional equities trading and embedded investing has a mix of remote and hybrid employees, and third-party consultants and contractors, all who require secure, compliant, and reliable access to business critical data and applications. As is the case with many financial services providers, applications and data are often delivered as demanding, high-performance computing (HPC) workloads. However, the digital workspace solution the firm was using prior to the start of, and in the early days and months of the pandemic, had fallen well short of expectations.
Markets move quickly and to meet the investment needs of partners and clients, the financial services firm needed to keep pace with changes and fluctuations in the market as they occur, through instant access to the thousands of data points that now exist in the cloud. Further, its staff were concerned about latency issues and the solution the firm was using didn’t fully meet strict policies and financial services regulations.
In its quest for a new virtual desktop solution, the firm engaged Sycomp, a global provider of technology and enterprise security solutions.
With the help of Sycomp, Tehama’s cloud-based platform purpose-built for hybrid workforces was selected by the financial services firm. Much more than a virtual desktop offering, the Tehama platform is a turn-key solution that provides security, privileged access management, data loss prevention and zero trust network access (ZTNA). The platform is also workflow-automated and orchestrated for compliance, support and ease of adoption.
What appealed most was Tehama’s ability to provide reliable access to the firm’s HPC workloads through its ultra-low latency, high-performance virtual workrooms and desktops feature SOC 2 Type II end-user compute environments (either Windows or Linux). With Tehama, the firm found they were able to get their staff up and running very quickly, and scale the platform to keep up with fluctuating demand.
Due to the need to meet strict financial policies and regulations, the firm also liked Tehama’s built-in ZTNA and endpoint isolation, segmented network access, multi-factor authentication (MFA), and a secure channel between endpoints and the network. The complete management, governance and auditing capabilities protect sensitive financial data being accessed by their trading and support staff, as well as third-party consultants and contractors. Finally, the firm was also pleased with Tehama’s ability to support 4k video and multi-monitor configurations, used by institutional traders and interns when working from home, as it eliminated the need to configure and ship laptops.
Initially, the financial services firm used Tehama to enable its institutional traders to securely work from home. Since that time, they've customized desktops running business-critical applications including Bloomberg, Raptor, and Omex Systems for order management and execution. More recently, the firm has expanded their use of Tehama to securely connect with third-party consultants and contractors.
Since deploying Tehama, financial services firm has experienced the following outcomes: