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Options IT, the provider of the Options PIPE Private Financial Cloud services platform for sell-side and buy-side firms, today announced an agreement with Tick Data, the historical market data division of Nexa Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Penson Worldwide, Inc., to make Tick Data’s complete suite of tick-by-tick historical market data available on the Options PIPE platform.

Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of end-to-end connectivity solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced the general availability of Mellanox VMA 5.0 with enhanced TCP acceleration support, providing a unified messaging acceleration platform for all popular networking communications methods such as TCP, Multicast and UDP unicast. Mellanox’s VMA message accelerator has been deployed and is providing immediate return-on-investment benefits in multiple stock exchanges, trading firms and capital market institutions worldwide.

Fixnetix announced today, Eric Barret, has joined the team as General Manager - Sales, Americas, to be based in New York. Eric is a thirteen year international industry veteran fluent in French, English and Spanish. This new hire continues strong growth momentum for Fixnetix, a company committed to hiring leading experts to best serve the needs of a worldwide customer base, including investment banks, hedge funds, proprietary trading groups and market makers. Eric will assume his new role immediately and report to Jason Mochine, Global Director of Sales.

TMX Group Inc. today announced that London Stock Exchange Group’s pan-European derivatives market, Turquoise Derivatives, has successfully migrated to the TMX SOLA trading system. SOLA, which was created by Montréal Exchange, is also the trading technology platform for Borsa Italiana’s IDEM market as well as the Oslo Bors.

Mary Ivaliotis Interactive DataInteractive Data’s chief marketing officer Mary Ivaliotis is the latest exec to depart the data vendor following its post-acquisition management shake up at the start of this year. Last month, president of institutional sales Cort Williams jumped ship to join data vendor rival SIX Telekurs (see the people move here).

Fujitsu, a leading provider of business, information technology, and communications solutions, announced today that Verizon has selected the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 7120 Micro Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP) as the foundation of a communications infrastructure that provides ultra low latency performance, reliability, and expansion capability.

ConvergEx Group, a leading technology company, today announced that LiquidPoint is now offering futures and listed options traders a suite of customized technologies to meet their specific low latency routing and execution needs. This new suite is designed for technology-demanding traders who require differing speeds and capacities for their unique trading styles. With this new offering, customers can choose from a variety of new technologies to best suit their performance and budgetary requirements.

IPC Systems, Inc., a leading provider of voice and electronic trading communications solutions to the world’s top financial services firms and global enterprises, has extended its global financial network with connectivity to Omega ATS, Canada’s fastest-growing alternative trading venue for exchange-listed equities and fixed income instruments. IPC now provides market participants on its network with direct access to Omega ATS while providing trading firms and exchange members in Canada with high-speed, secure and reliable routes to markets around the world.

Mantara, Inc., a provider of advanced technology solutions for high-frequency trading and ultra-low latency direct market access, today announced that it has received $7 million in equity financing from existing investors Mohr Davidow, Southern Cross Venture Partners and CM Capital. Underscoring investor confidence, the funding has been provided to expand the company’s footprint beyond the U.S., enabling traders from around the globe to benefit from Mantara’s innovative products, and to develop new cutting-edge technology solutions that reinforce its low-latency leadership.