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CFN Services a managed infrastructure services company providing ultra-low latency networking, network design, and managed services, today announced that it has selected Essex Radez as its North American market data partner.

Interxion, a leading European provider of carrier-neutral colocation data centre services, today announced that OTKRITIE, one of the largest financial groups in Russia, has elected to locate its servers in Interxion’s City of London data centre. Buy- and sell-side firms also located within Interxion’s Financial Hub can now benefit from direct market access (DMA) connectivity to the Russian markets.

Lightower Fiber Networks, a leading metro fiber network and bandwidth service provider, announced today that is has completed its previously announced acquisition of Lexent Metro Connect, a leading provider of custom built dark fiber networks, headquartered in New York, NY.

Verizon Business has responded to Burgundy’s complaint to the Swedish Competition Authority that it acted unfairly in refusing to co-locate the Burgundy matching engines at its Stockholm data centre with a distinct ‘no comment’.

Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions, a business segment of Arrow Electronics Inc., has signed an agreement with data centre networking provider Voltaire to be the first distributor of its products in the United Kingdom. Also, Arrow ECS has joined Voltaire’s adVantage Partner Program.

Telx, a leading interconnection and colocation provider in strategic North American markets, today announced that SpryWare, a premier provider of ultra-low latency feed handlers and direct market data technology, has joined its Financial Business Exchange (FBX), a facility-based infrastructure platform that provides the capital markets community with unmatched proximity, latency and choice. As part of the Telx FBX community, SpryWare can offer financial markets customers secure, low latency access to its Market Information Server™, a fully-managed ticker plant solution designed for direct market connectivity for processing high-frequency data.

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.

IPC Systems, Inc., a leading provider of trading communications solutions to the world’s top financial services firms and global enterprises, has extended its worldwide financial markets network infrastructure to now include connectivity to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE).