Options Announces Third Microsoft Gold Partner Status, Adding Small & Medium Business Cloud Solutions Competency

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NEW YORK & LONDON – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –Options, the leading provider of cloud-based managed services for global financial markets, today announced its Microsoft Gold Partner status in the Competence Cloud solutions for small and medium enterprises.

The Gold Partner distinction is only awarded to the first 1% of Microsoft Partners and is a recognized mark of the highest standards in technology and business performance in the world.

The Microsoft Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency demonstrates the technical capabilities of Options to deliver industry-leading cloud productivity and security solutions for customers deploying or migrating to Office 365.

This achievement marks the latest expansion of Options to offer a fully cloud-independent platform, and is both the company’s third Gold Partner announcement and the eleventh achievement of Microsoft Partner status to date, after achieving earlier Gold Cloud Productivity Partner and Cloud Platform Gold Partner Status.

Options President and CEO Danny Moore said, “Options has been a leading Microsoft application partner and provider of Microsoft Cloud solutions for the financial front office for over a decade.

Securing our position as a premier Gold Partner with Microsoft is integral to our cloud strategy, enabling us to provide a robust and resilient technology foundation for the solution architecture, global deployment, and operational scalability. Microsoft’s combined public cloud and options cloud service offering will ensure our customers continue to benefit from a top-notch platform with investment bank-grade security.

Today’s news is the latest in a series of strategic developments for Options, including their recognition as Trend Micro Awards Managed Service Provider of the Year, partnership with Quercus technology group, the achievement of VMware Cloud Check Status, and a decade of SOC compliance.

In 2019, Options received investments from Boston-based private equity firm, Abry Partners. This investment has enabled Options to accelerate its growth strategy and develop its technology platform while expanding its reach into the world’s major financial centers.

About options (www.options-it.com):

Options Technology is the # 1 provider of IT infrastructure to global capital market companies, supporting their operations and ecosystems.

Founded in 1993, the company began life as a technology service provider for hedge funds. Today, the company provides high-performance managed trading infrastructure and cloud-enabled managed services to more than 200 businesses globally, providing an agile and scalable platform in an Investment Bank-grade cybersecurity wrapper.

Clients of the options include the world’s leading investment banks, hedge funds, funds of funds, proprietary trading companies, market makers, brokers / traders, private equity firms and exchanges. With offices in 8 key cities; New York, Toronto, Chicago, London, Belfast, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand, Options are well positioned to serve their customers onsite and remotely.

In 2019, Options secured a significant growth investment of Abry Partners, an industry-focused private equity firm based in Boston. This investment has enabled Options to significantly accelerate its growth strategy to invest more in its technology platform and expand its reach into the world’s major financial centers.

The options were named among the The UK’s top growth companies in the 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 ranking of the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200.

To learn more about the options, please visit www.options-it.com, follow us on Twitter at @Options_IT and visit our LinkedIn page.

About Abry Partners (www.abry.com)

Abry is one of the most experienced and successful industry private equity firms in North America. Since its founding in 1989, the company has completed more than $ 82 billion in leverage and other private placements or preferred shares. Currently, the company manages over $ 5.0 billion of capital in its active funds.

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