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With a growing customer base and an increasing transaction volume, KGI required a scalable and reliable data centre facilities and infrastructure to support its sophisticated data management requirement
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WTT has provided a one-stop managed service from power, cooling, custom-made racks, Cisco core switch implementation and even sophisticated telecom needs covering Metro Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet, Direct Internet Access, and data line services
Proactive Move: Managed Data Centre Facilities Enhancement for KGI

KGI Asia Limited (KGI) has built a strong presence in Hong Kong's securities market and operates a full-service brokerage firm for retail and institutional clients providing a one-stop financial service to its customers. KGI also offers margin trading facilities as well as futures and options for more sophisticated clients. With over 40,000 clients and an aggregate shareholders' equity of over US$60 million, KGI now has a total of five business locations for running its head office, branches and investments management centre in Hong Kong.

At the forefront of technological change, KGI has actively embraced online trading, and its customers generate one of the largest Internet trading volumes in Hong Kong. With a growing customer base and an increasing transaction volume, the need to handle significant increases in data, to support connectivity to local stock exchanges and market data feeds and exchanges have emerged. To cope with the dynamic financial market, KGI requires a powerful, scalable and reliable data centre facilities and infrastructure to support its sophisticated data management requirement.

In Hong Kong, the previous in-house data centre had capacity constraints that inhibited further IT enhancement. KGI's IT professionals are aware of the trend away from in-house data centre phenomenon. Particularly in today's economic climate, more and more corporations are entrusting their systems to established data centre operators rather than building their own. Smart and budget conscious organisations like KGI recognise that they can achieve their strategic IT objectives without risking capital expenditure on top-tier data centre infrastructure.

Outsourcing also means they can enjoy greater flexibility, better connectivity, and an instant team of dedicated professionals.

Another factor that triggers KGI to make this proactive move is the availability of high quality managed data centre facilities from vendors like WTT, which is able to provide a one-stop managed service from power, cooling, custom-made racks, Cisco core switch implementation and even sophisticated telecom needs covering Metro Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet, Direct Internet Access, and data line services.

"WTT's managed data centre facilities and architecture have created tangible benefits to KGI. Supportability has greatly improved and capacity planning is simpler. We are convinced that COL is the right choice because of its long history and expertise with IT and data centre implementation and management. The managed services provided by COL ensures an efficient and reliable data centre facilities and performance that perfectly meet our current needs and are able to cater for our future expansion," said Mr Sam Ma, Vice President, Information Technology of KGI Asia Limited.

"It makes good business sense to house our equipment with WTT, the data centre specialist with an excellent track record, advanced infrastructure, and guaranteed capacity and availability. To achieve similar levels of in-house service, KGI requires a much higher level of investment in infrastructure and rent outlay, not to mention specialist personnel," said Mr. Ma.

"WTT also committed to mobilise expertise and arrange secondment services to meet our specific requirements. Their seconded specialists can provide valuable expert input at all stages of this project at our office, from design, implementation through completion evaluation," Mr. Ma further commented.

"Our business is very much technology driven. A highly reliable data centre and infrastructure are vital to us. All intended bidders should be a major managed data centre service provider in Hong Kong with good customer references," Mr. Ma added. "As we continue to expand our data centre facilities and colocation infrastructure, WTT has played an important role in enhancing our capabilities to provide a controlled and secure trading environment for our customers. In the financial sector when every second counts, reliable and stable data connectivity is also the key to achieve success and stay ahead of the market. Their advanced data centre infrastructure and commitment to quality perfectly match KGI's enhancement plans."

"Financial institutions are facing unprecedented growth in data and need tight integration across their entire infrastructure to leverage information. As a leading ICT solution service provider in Hong Kong, we are proud to leverage our robust infrastructure and professional technology expertise to provide an unmatched spectrum of managed data centre services to KGI," said Ms Kathy Wong, Assistant General Manager, Business Market of WTT. "The migration project was full of challenges. To minimise interruption, KGI required the relocation to be done within a very tight timeline. WTT is able to meet the deadline with zero downtime during migration. Besides migration, KGI is also impressed by the excellent back-up service provided by the WTT professional team that allows KGI to focus on their core competencies and strategic imperative. The total performance management service is an integral part of our commitment to providing the highest levels of service to our customers."