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FIX Protocol Ltd. used its FIX EMEA Trading Conference to unveil version 1.1 of its Algorithmic Trading Definition Language (FIXatdl), effectively making the standard available to the broad marketplace for the first time. FIXatdl introduces a standard format that allows brokers and other providers of algorithmic trading strategies to release their model specifications in a standard XML format, rapidly reducing time to market for new and updated trading models.

29West’s new owner, data integration software supplier Informatica, says the high-performance messaging specialist’s product roadmap will remain unchanged, with new product introductions expected in 2011. The 29West brand will be retained within the capital markets space, as the eight-year-old company and its 100+ financial services customers are subsumed into Informatica to become the company’s broader messaging unit.

Thomson Reuters announced today that Chi-X Europe has implemented its pan-European low latency direct feed, pricing and reference data service, offered through the firm’s strategic hosting centres in London.

Interactive Data Corporation, a leading provider of financial market data, analytics and related solutions, today announced announced that its low-latency, consolidated datafeed, PlusFeed, now offers access to NYSE Euronext (NYX) Cash Full Order Book data. This service is designed to enable institutional traders to view the full market depth order book by disseminating each individual order, therefore offering an even greater level of transparency into NYSE Euronext's European Cash Markets.

Celoxica, experts in ultra-low latency trading and market data solutions, has extended market coverage to Europe by releasing feed handlers for the LSE, BATS Europe and Chi-X Europe. This follows success in delivering ultra low latency feed handlers for the US Equities, Options and Futures markets.

AboveNet says it’s sold half the capacity of its new low-latency transatlantic connectivity service since it launched two weeks ago. The dark fibre provider says it now plans to establish a second 10Gigabit ethernet pipe linking London and New York, and expects to add a third within the coming year.

This month’s bulletin from the Financial Information Forum (FIF) finds that SIAC CTS hit a new record of 49,570 mps over 1 second, up 66% from the previous month.

OptionsCity is pleased to announce the release of OptionsCity Metro 2.1. This latest release adds to its 2.0 milestone release and includes performance improvements to Metro’s server based low latency Quoting Engine, as well as major enhancements to the user interface to improve GUI responsiveness and intuitiveness. In this release, OptionsCity also exposed additional API (Application Programming Interface) functionality for clients integrating their proprietary systems and algorithms.

Equinix, Inc., a provider of global data centre services, today announced the opening of the first phase of its second International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Geneva, Switzerland. The purpose-built GV2 IBX data centre, Equinix’s fifth in the country, will accommodate demand for premium colocation and data centre services from both local and global corporations and banking organisations. The first phase adds 380 cabinets to Equinix’s data centre capacity in Geneva and, when fully built out, will total 48,400 gross square feet (4,500 gross square metres) with capacity for 760 cabinet equivalents. The addition more than doubles Equinix’s footprint in the city, making it Equinix’s largest IBX in Switzerland. Further phases will open during 2010 and will be timed to reflect market demand.