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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.

ITRS Group plc, the leading global provider of predictive, real-time monitoring and proactive application performance management products to the world’s financial community, announced a number of staff changes today and a new development centre in Manila.

High frequency trading (HFT) is now a term recognised by the mainstream. This wide familiarity has coincided with maturity of HFT practices, the explosion in their use, and a flattening out of the potential returns as competition increases.

Early adopters of HFT were able to leverage high-performance technologies to generate vast returns. Today, the environment is tougher, and technology investments are coming under more scrutiny than before, even in the high-performance trading space. Low-latency infrastructure architects are now taking a more strategic approach to connectivity, in order to yield higher performance, both in terms of trading profits and broader functionality benefits.

Skyler Technology, a constant boundary-mover in ultra-low latency market data solutions, has launched UltraVWAP, a real-time trade performance measurement product. It addresses the critical need for ultra-fast and accurate measurement of trading performance, increasingly demanded by buy side clients.

Atrium Network, provider of smarter connectivity for the financial community, today announced that due to increased client demand, it has upgraded its connectivity infrastructure to Fidessa using a high-speed 2 x 1 Gbps interconnectivity link. This high-performance, resilient path, offers lower latency and higher throughput for trading participants looking to access Fidessa’s global community of buy-side and sell-side professionals.

At Interop this week, cPacket Networks [Interop booth #1275] is launching a complete product family of intelligent data center monitoring switches. The expanded cVu product line transforms the traffic monitoring switch market by combining aggregation and replication with the most advanced real time L2-L7 packet filtering, on-the-fly performance visibility, and built-in flow load balancing. This means that data centers, service providers, financial institutions, and telecommunication network operators can ensure optimal performance and uptime of high speed 10- Gigabit networks.

Corvil, provider of latency and trade performance management systems for financial markets, today announced new trade support capabilities for its CorvilNet platform. Corvil has added intelligence to track the routing of individual messages that make up the transaction, as well as the overall outcome of the transaction itself. Aggregate transaction performance such as fill rates, per client, per venue and per gateway or other components can also be tracked.

Spread Networks, LLC, a privately owned telecommunications provider, today announced a new agreement with Hudson Fiber Network (HFN), a provider of high-bandwidth, low-latency networking solutions, in which HFN will activate and sell its full suite of optical services on Spread Networks’ Low Latency Metropolitan Fiber Network between Carteret and Secaucus, New Jersey.

INTERXION HOLDING NV, a leading European provider of carrier-neutral colocation data centre services, today announced that London Metal Exchange (LME), the world’s premier non-ferrous metals market, is opening an access point to their electronic trading platform, LMEselect, at Interxion’s City of London data centre. The access point will also allow access to LMElive, the exchange’s real-time price and data application.