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Solace Systems, the leading provider of middleware appliances, announced today that Standard Chartered (SCB) PLC has selected Solace Systems to provide the messaging infrastructure for their next-generation foreign exchange trading platform. Solace 3260 message routers will initially be deployed in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, London and New York to provide both reliable and guaranteed messaging between Standard Chartered trading venues.

Interxion, a leading European provider of carrier-neutral colocation data centre services, and IPC, a leading provider of indispensible trading communications solutions to the world’s top financial services firms and global enterprises, have announced that IPC will locate its core Electronic Connectivity Services (ECS) infrastructure at Interxion’s Financial Hubs located in London and Vienna. IPC’s expanded presence in Europe will strengthen the company’s capability to support growing demand for its portfolio of Electronic Connectivity Services, and will help position its customers at the heart of Europe’s financial markets.

Lightower Fiber Networks, a leading metro fiber network and bandwidth service provider based in Boxborough, MA., announced today that it is acquiring Lexent Metro Connect, a leading provider of custom built dark fiber networks, headquartered in New York, NY.

Interxion, a leading European provider of carrier-neutral colocation data centre services, today announced that ACTIV Financial, a leading global provider of fully managed low-latency market data solutions, is to house its ticker plant and aggregated market data feeds at Interxion’s City of London data centre.

Lightower Fiber Networks, a leading metro fiber network and bandwidth service provider, announced today that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Veroxity Technology Partners, a leading provider of fiber based data and Internet connectivity solutions.

Options IT, a leading provider of ultra-low latency market data and connectivity, fully managed application hosting, and high-performance technology Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for the buyside and sellside, today announced it has expanded its PIPE Velocity ultra-low latency market connectivity service to include the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

EuNetworks has introduced an overlay network that it says is dedicated to the needs of the financial community and claims to deliver industry leading latencies for direct exchange to exchange connectivity. The first phases of the so-called euTrade network cover an ultra low latency route from Slough to five exchanges and data centres in the City of London and a new route from London to Frankfurt.

Given it was announced at VMware's VMworld conference and partner-fest in San Francisco earlier this week, it's not surprising that Voltaire positioned its new Vantage 6048 10gE switch as "optimised for cloud computing." And while it certainly is pitched at 'cloud' data centres with thousands of servers, it is also very relevant to the needs of medium-sized server deployments typically found underpinning low-latency financial trading applications, says Asaf Somekh, vice president of marketing, at the networking company.

Version 2.7 of Kx Systems' kdb+ database leverages multi-core servers to implement file compression, while also featuring enhanced memory management and a performance increase of up to 20%. The file compression addresses the need to store growing data volumes for both trading and risk analytics and regulatory requirements.