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Voltaire and NYSE Technologies Deliver Industry's Lowest Latency Ethernet Solution to Accelerate Financial Market Data Applications

Voltaire Ltd. (NASDAQ: VOLT), a leading provider of scale-out data center fabrics, today announced a new low latency 10 Gigabit Ethernet-based messaging solution in collaboration with NYSE Technologies. This combination dramatically accelerates the performance of automated trading and market data applications achieving average latencies of 25 microseconds at rates of 1 million 200 byte messages per second per core.

Voltaire and NYSE Technologies have worked closely for the past three years to deliver low latency messaging solutions based on InfiniBand to financial services customers. The two companies recently introduced a solution based on Voltaire’s 40 Gb/s InfiniBand switches and software that delivers record-breaking performance of less than 10 microsecond latency at greater than 1 million messages per second. While the InfiniBand-based solution is best suited for customers who need the lowest latency possible, the new solution announced today based on 10 Gigabit Ethernet provides the best performance available on Ethernet-based fabrics and gives customers that prefer to standardize their data center networks on Ethernet, a competitive option.

According to Conor Allen, Head of R&D at NYSE Technologies, “By combining NYSE Technologies’ Data Fabric technology and Voltaire’s VMS message acceleration software for 10 Gigabit Ethernet, we’re delivering the highest performance messaging solution based on Ethernet for automated trading infrastructures. In addition to ultra-low latency, the solution scales easily and has low power consumption to meet the price-performance and energy efficiency requirements of next generation trading infrastructures. We’re pleased to extend the work we’ve done with Voltaire on InfiniBand to 10 Gigabit Ethernet.”

The solution tested by NYSE Technologies and Voltaire delivers record-breaking performance for an Ethernet-based market data delivery solution of 25 microseconds latency at rates of 1 million 200 byte messages per second per core. The solution consists of NYSE Technologies’ Data Fabric high performance middleware and Voltaire Messaging Service (VMS) software technology which lowers latency and increases transactions per second for market data applications. The solution is compatible with Voltaire Vantage™ 8500 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches which are expected to be available later this year.

The Voltaire Vantage™ 8500 is a high-performance, high density, scale-out, Layer 2 core 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch that enables users to benefit from new levels of efficiency, scalability and lower latency, while simplifying and consolidating network tiers to lower infrastructure expenses.
The Vantage 8500 features less than 1 microsecond latency, low 10 watts per port power consumption at low per port costs delivering unmatched scalability with the lowest solution cost, power consumption, and latency on the market. For a customer building a 1000 node data center fabric with Voltaire Vantage switches, this delivers 10X lower latency and 4X faster core performance for half the price, using 3X less power than alternative solutions.

“NYSE Technologies and Voltaire can now offer customers the lowest latency market data delivery solutions – on both InfiniBand and 10 Gigabit Ethernet,” said Asaf Somekh, vice president of marketing, Voltaire. “Moreover, the solution is based on industry-standard technologies so customers can build state-of-the-art, high-frequency trading systems without needing to buy expensive, custom hardware.”

Solution Showcase at SIFMA: Voltaire will showcase its low latency solutions for market data in booth 1432 at the SIFMA Technology Management Conference, June 23-25, 2009, in New York City.

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