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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.

Thomson Reuters today launched Elektron, its next generation real-time network and hosting environment, in India to meet the strong demand for fast and cost-effective access to this important emerging market. Working in collaboration with Netmagic Solutions Pvt. Ltd, the new facility at the Bombay Stock Exchange will provide co-location hosting with a managed application environment, low latency connectivity to local market data and access to the Elektron global real-time network.

IBM has added new feed handlers for exchanges in Hong Kong and Singapore to its WebSphere Front Office for Financial Markets platform, and enhanced feed handlers for the London Stock Exchange and Turquoise to comply with the LSE’s forthcoming Millennium Exchange trading platform. The additional feeds bring to more than 100 the number of data feeds for which WebSphere offers handlers.

Kx Systems, the leader in high-performance database and timeseries analysis, has announced today the release of kdb+ v2.7. In response to growing market demand, this version comes with several enhancements, of which intelligent file compression, enhanced memory management and a performance increase of up to 20% are the most significant. With constantly growing data volumes the costs of storage are an increasingly important consideration for global financial institutions. Regulatory requirements are an additional driver for storing greater quantities of data.