EASe: Disaster Readiness and Mobility
IPC’s Enterprise Administration Server (EASe) adds more trader mobility and system resiliency to your enterprise-trading infrastructure, significantly enhancing Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery (BCP/DR). With EASe, BCP/DR can be comprehensive yet cost effective: EASe utilizes all available system resources, instead of relying on idle standby resources.
EASe’s mobility component is Global Free Seating, which lets traders visit remote offices and use dealerboards/turrets that are automatically configured like their home-office desktops, including access to the same directories and private lines. EASe’s Station Redirect component enables automated and manual disaster recovery scenarios to protect against failure or loss of a backroom data center element, or an entire backroom. Together, Global Free Seating and Station Redirect provide mechanisms for world-class BCP/DR.
Maximum Disaster Readiness with Station Redirect
With Station Redirect, EASe dynamically assigns turrets to Alliance MX station cards when the turrets boot up. Should a card fail, EASe automatically redirects the desktop to a designated backup card. Should an entire backroom fail for any reason, administrators can manually invoke predetermined plans that redirect the trader’s desktop to a different Alliance MX facility that could be hundreds of miles away. These capabilities enable multiple BCP/DR scenarios.
Maximum Mobility with Global Free Seating
Global Free Seating includes synchronization and translation software that helps maximize your hardware and network services investments. Using Global Free Seating, EASe synchronizes each trader’s home turret configuration in the System Center management software with each Alliance MX in an enterprise. Using an enterprise-wide universal ID, a trader can login to any IPC® turret in any office and have access to the same button sheets and private lines as in his or her home office.
EASe provides translation services that map the home-office configuration to available resources in the remote location, and SIP-based line networking between Alliance MX switches enables access to the private lines. Even the trader’s recording profile is translated and synchronized, preserving compliance.
Thin Building and Dual Data Center Support
With EASe, market participants can deploy thin-building architecture, so called because it allows the backroom communications infrastructure to be located far away from the building that houses traders. Financial services enterprises pursue thin-building architecture to increase resiliency, to locate in a lower-cost area, or to achieve both. EASe also supports dual data centers, in which a front room is split up between two backroom data centers that can be either local or remote. The dual data center approach increases resiliency.