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Equinix, Inc., a provider of global data centre services, today announced the expansion of its NY4 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre. The $80 million third phase provides approximately 1,250 cabinet equivalents, enabling Equinix to better service the largest metropolitan area in the United States — a region that includes leading financial firms and some of the largest media and enterprise companies in the world.

NYSE Euronext is moving towards live trading at its new data centres for the U.S. and Europe. At last week's A-Team Insight Exchange conference, Russ Kohn, managing director of global connectivity at NYSE Technologies, confirmed that live trading on the NYSE Classic market will begin in its Mahwah, NJ data centre on August 1, with NYSE Arca markets beginning to trade there in February 2011. Separately, the exchange today announced that customers had begin to install equipment in its European data centre.

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data centre services, today announced it has opened its fourth International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Zurich, Switzerland, more than doubling its capacity in the city. The new 2,300 gross square metre IBX data centre, called ZH4, has been built to meet the rising demand for premium colocation and interconnection data centre services in the region, particularly from global and local network service providers and financial services firms. The $13.5m investment in the ZH4 IBX data centre is part of Equinix’s $2.0 billion expansion programme to grow data centre operations globally between 2007 and 2010.

ACTIV Financial, a leading global provider of fully managed low-latency market data solutions, today announced that OptionsXpress, a pioneer in equity options and futures trading and long-time ACTIV customer, will be upgrading to its ACTIV Market Data Processing Unit (MPU) to accelerate low-latency exchange feed processing and enhance throughput and performance.

Atrium Network, provider of smarter connectivity for the financial community, announced today that it has enhanced its connectivity to include NASDAQ OMX’s Nordic markets (Copenhagen, Helsinki and Stockholm).

Lexent Metro Connect, a leading provider of dark fiber networks in the New York Metropolitan area, announces today that it has extended its footprint to CoreSite’s New York data center at 32 Avenue of the Americas. CoreSite is a national data center, colocation and peering provider with eleven data centers across the United States. This latest network deployment further extends Lexent’s access to key financial network hubs in and around the New York metro area.

Hanweck Associates, a premier financial services provider specializing in risk management systems and technology for institutional investors, and SpryWare, a premier provider of ultra low latency feed handlers and direct market data technology, today announced that they have integrated Hanweck’s high-performance, hardware-accelerated options analytics solution, VoleraFEED, with the SpryWare Market Information Server. The integration provides options market participants with the advanced computing power and access to fast, quality market data needed to deliver low-latency, real-time options analytics to drive advanced trading strategies. This new offerings adds to Hanweck’s existing VoleraFEED integrations, including ACTIV Financial’s ACTIVFeedDirect and IDC’s PlusFeed.

Singapore Association of Financial and Commodity Traders (AFACT) and UOBF Schneider Lead Efforts in Bringing Algorithmic Trading to Singapore RTS Realtime Systems Group (RTS), a leading global trading solutions provider, announced today that the firm has successfully rolled out its low latency, event-based algorithmic trading solution to the first group of advanced traders at UOBF Schneider in Singapore. The group of traders has deployed RTS‘ high performance solutions following participation in a Singapore program to train former floor traders choosing to transition from a “point and click“ approach to algorithmic trading.

In key ways, trading firms have gone back to the future in their attempts to build winning architectures for the 21st Century, said an executive from consultancy Accenture, during the A-Team Insight Exchange conference yesterday in New York City.