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Is CentOS Dead?

Is CentOS Dead?

12th January, 2021

CentOS has always been part of our conversation with clients, especially for those that have been attracted to the zero cost support offered by the Opensource community. On December 8th, this community was rocked when Red Hat announced “the future of the CentOS Project is CentOS Stream”...

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One Memory in a Memorable Year

One Memory in a Memorable Year

23rd December 2020

Now we’re in the middle of the holiday season with 2020 coming to a close I took a moment to reflect on my favourite work memory (or memories) of the year.

Hands down, it has to be our adventures up and around Divis and Black Mountain, captured in this photograph with the marketing team at the start of October...

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Splitting The Nanosecond To Find A Nanosecond

Splitting The Nanosecond To Find A Nanosecond

2nd December, 2020

For years trading system designers have marvelled at the lengths a small group of HFT firms will go to find an extra nano over their competitors. Anecdotally people comprehend why being fast doesn’t matter nearly so much as being a hair faster than the next firm...

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The Robin Hood Project: Options’ Staff Sacrifice Scheme raises £70,000 ahead of Second Wave

The Robin Hood Project: Options’ Staff Sacrifice Scheme raises £70,000 ahead of Second Wave

2nd December, 2020

We are well and truly into the second wave of COVID-19, with various restrictions and tiers being imposed across the United Kingdom and many other countries around the world. Like most of the world, the Options team are continuing to work from home into 2021...

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How Options Ran The World In 2020

How Options Ran The World In 2020

27th November, 2020

At the beginning of lockdown, we decided as a company to get out and active. With the lifestyle change from a bustling, sociable office, with lots of regular travel, to a more sedentary lifestyle, many felt they were in need of some fresh fitness motivation. We established a Strava running group for the team, creating a friendly, sociable edge despite the team being remote...

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The Robinhood Project: Giving Thanks with the Boys Club of New York

The Robinhood Project: Giving Thanks with the Boys Club of New York

25th November, 2020

Thanksgiving is a time when many in the United States gather with family and friends to give thanks for each other and the ability to huddle around the table for a meal that leaves most seeking their next fitness challenge!

This year, however, COVID-19 has not only shifted the ability to gather with friends and family, but...

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Remote Training and Onboarding

Remote Training and Onboarding

5th November, 2020

We’ve all been there—weeks of preparation, multiple interviews and days of checking your email every few minutes for updates. Until finally, the offer letter arrives and you land your dream job. Feelings of accomplishment can rapidly morph into unsettling worries, as your first day looms large...

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Five Nanos and Fibre Taps

Five Nanos and Fibre Taps

23rd October, 2020

Here at Options, when we say we are "on a mission to transform the financial sector", we mean it. In recent times, the leading technology transforming the sector is Layer 1 switching, also known as multiplexers, FPGA switches or port replicators. These devices endeavour to replicate digital signals from one port to another on a single device...

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Robin Hood Project - Here we go again

Robin Hood Project - Here we go again

15th October, 2020

With Northern Ireland going back into lockdown from Friday and much of the UK likely not far behind we thought it was a good time to give a Robin Hood Project (RHP) update...

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World Mental Health Day - Working In Social Isolation Revisited

World Mental Health Day - Working In Social Isolation Revisited

9th October, 2020

Here at Options, we’ve been working from home for several months now. In these unprecedented times, it’s important to remind ourselves how far we have come and the key learnings which now shape our ‘new reality’. That’s why we have decided to mark Read more

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