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Spread Networks has opened for business offering a low-latency, dark fibre private network connection between New York and Chicago with a guaranteed round trip latency of 13.33 milliseconds, a couple of milliseconds below currently available commercial services.

BLADE Network Technologies, Inc. (BLADE), a trusted leader in data center networking, announced that its RackSwitch 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch now delivers Multicast protocols at sub-700 nanosecond port-to-port latency for high-frequency trading, market data, video streaming and other applications that require one-to-many multicast data distribution over an IP infrastructure.

Endace, world leaders in high-speed packet capture and analysis solutions, today introduced the world’s first virtual packet-capture probe. Designed specifically to appeal to organizations in the financial services market, the new software enables a variety of different applications to simultaneously benefit from Endace’s 100-percent network packet capture and nanosecond time-stamping capabilities.

The Securities Technology Analysis Center (STAC) today released STAC-M3 Benchmark results for a solution from Kx Systems and Oracle Corporation.  STAC-M3 provides a common measuring methodology for solutions that manage large timeseries datasets (tick databases). The measurement standard is currently a community proposal developed by the STAC Benchmark Council, comprised of trading organizations and vendors. The Council defines a series of standard benchmarks for capital market workloads, though interestingly only trading organizations - and not vendors - can approve specific tests, which ensures the benchmarks have relevance to real-world trading demands. To complete the inaugural benchmark testing on timeseries data, Oracle worked with Kx Systems, using Kx’s kdb+. The results have now set the standard for a series of benchmark tests to be carried out over the next few months.

Voltaire Ltd., a leading provider of scale-out data center fabrics, today announced the immediate availability of the Voltaire Vantage 6024, a low-latency, high-performance Layer 2/3 top-of-rack switch optimized for next generation and virtualized data centers and cloud computing environments. The switch provides the industry’s most power-efficient and lowest latency capabilities on 10 Gigabit Ethernet, enabling new levels of efficiency, scalability and real-time application performance. The switch also supports converged enhanced Ethernet (CEE) capabilities enabling the consolidation of multiple network tiers and fabrics to significantly reduce infrastructure expenses.

Scott Hall Activ Activ Financial will demonstrate its second generation market data processing unit (MPU) technology at Sifma this week. The vendor claims that the hardware-based low latency market data solution will double messaging volumes per second and reduce latency by 50% to 80% to deliver single digit microsecond latency for feed handlers.

Exegy, the hardware-accelerated market data appliance company announced today the release of the hosted edition of the Exegy Ticker Plant.

Essex Radez, a leading provider of direct exchange feeds and co-location services for algorithmic traders, today announced its Normalized Multicast Feed, a consolidated order book service. Powered by an Exegy ticker plant, this feed incorporates BATS, Direct Edge, NASDAQ TotalView, NYSE ArcaBook, and NYSE OpenView data to deliver the top five equity prices with quote volume detail for each venue.

Trading software and connectivity specialist Ullink is working towards a late summer release of its "HFT in a Box" offering, which will combine a number of functions, including market data handlers, trading gateways, client algorithms, pre-trade risk controls and network connectivity, on to a single server, in order to minimise latency in the overall package.