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Today's news that networking specialist Mellanox Technologies is acquiring its smaller rival Voltaire should be positive news for their customers in the financial markets. For those that are supporters of InfiniBand, the merger makes for a bigger company to innovate in that direction. More generally, the combined company will have a strong place in both Ethernet and InfiniBand, as it looks to wire up data centres for everything from low-latency trading to cloud computing - and perhaps be acquired itself down the road?

Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of end-to-end connectivity solutions for servers and storage systems, and Voltaire Ltd., a leading provider of scale-out data center fabrics, announced today that they have signed a definitive agreement under which Mellanox will acquire 100 percent of Voltaire’s outstanding ordinary shares for cash at a price of $8.75 per share, or a total equity value of approximately $218 million ($176 million net of cash). The terms of the transaction have been unanimously approved by both the Mellanox and Voltaire Boards of Directors. The transaction is currently projected to close in the first quarter of 2011, Mellanox Technologies Ltd. Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Voltaire Ltd. for Cash - 2 - subject to certain closing conditions. The combination of the two companies will strengthen Mellanox’s position as a premier, end-to-end connectivity solutions provider for the growing worldwide data center server and storage markets.

On the heals of the news last week that it's working with Spread Networks, Endace is rolling out a service-based approach to providing latency statistics, aimed primarily at network and data services, and also at the high frequency trading space. Endace will deploy and manage its latency monitoring appliances, and provide a feed of latency statistics, for a monthly fee.

Endace, world leaders in high-speed packet capture and analysis platforms, today introduced the Endace Latency Monitoring Service, which offers its customers highly accurate point-to-point network latency measurements as a market data feed. Leveraging the power of the EndaceProbe packet capture and analysis platform, the service is specifically designed to meet the exacting demands of high-frequency traders and the service provider community that connects them to trading venues all over the world.

Deutsche Börse – Market Data & Analytics has now made its algorithmic news feed “AlphaFlash” available in a data center in Tokyo. This is the second Asia-Pacific location where AlphaFlash is offered.

Fixnetix, ultra-low latency provider for trading and data, announced today it is now providing @Source proximity services for trading firms wishing to access the SIX Swiss Exchange. Fixnetix @Source offering based at the Equinix ZH4 datacentre represents the closest available access point to the SIX Swiss matching engine.

AboveNet, a leading provider of high bandwidth connectivity solutions, today announced its expanded Metro Ethernet and dynamic Core Wave services in the London metro market.

That would be Brennan Carley of Spread Networks and Kevin Formby of Endace. Sometime very soon - maybe by the time you read this - Spread will be posting continuous latency figures on for its NYC to Chicago fibre service, courtesy of Endace's latency monitoring appliance.

New York-based boutique financial technology firm Wall Street FPGA announced today the ability to significantly accelerate trading software. Speed makes trading strategies more profitable and helps identify new trading opportunities.