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Custom Connect, a global reseller of high-performance network solutions, today announced that a leading European financial trader selected Custom Connect to deliver connectivity to Moscow, Russia. It concerns a dedicated 1G Ethernet connection between a leading financial exchange in Spånga, Sweden and a large stock exchange in Russia. The connection guarantees reliable fiber connectivity with dedicated capacity as well as the flexibility for a future upgrade to 10G on demand.

Spread Networks, LLC, a privately owned telecommunications provider, today announced the expansion of its low latency Ethernet wave service between Chicago,IL and NJ, adding Secaucus, NJ as a new endpoint. The low latency Ethernet service has an SLA of 15.75 milliseconds round-trip between 350 East Cermak Road, Chicago, IL, and 755 Secaucus Road, Secaucus, NJ, with measured performance below 15.50 milliseconds, the lowest latency of any commercially available wavelength service. Spread Networks’ wave service complements its flagship 13.33 millisecond roundtrip dark fiber network service, which connects America’s two largest financial centers.

Mantara, Inc., a provider of advanced technology solutions for high-frequency trading and ultra-low latency direct market access has expanded its CHiPS risk offering to provide a fully distributed pre-trade risk control solution for market participants seeking to manage risk across multiple trading venues.

Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high performance, end-to-end connectivity solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Voltaire, Ltd., a leading provider of scale-out data center fabrics, for $8.75 per share, or a total cash purchase price of approximately $208 million (approximately $175 million net of cash). Mellanox also assumed Voltaire’s outstanding equity awards, which were converted into equity awards to acquire an aggregate of 649,614 ordinary shares of Mellanox.

 In a move that could establish an enabling technology for those interested in latency arbitrage, ITRS Group has released Feed Latency Monitor (FLM), a plug-in to its Geneos platform that lets users analyse relative latencies of real-time data feeds in real time.

Earlier this week [see here], it dawned on me (D’oh) that when Bats goes ahead and acquires Chi-X Europe, the two will almost certainly move in with one another. But what happens when the two finally shack up?

Sumerian, a provider of intelligent IT analytics to some of the world’s most innovative companies, today announced another strong year of growth for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2010. The company realized a significant increase in revenue and doubled its client base fueled by blue-chip new client wins, strong reinvestment from existing customers and acclaimed industry innovation.

Endace, world leaders in high-speed, packet capture and analysis platforms, today announced the general availability of the Endace Application Dock as part of its latest software release (OSm 4.1).

Jeff Wells By Jeff Wells
Co-chair FIF Market Data Capacity Working Group

2010 is now well behind us and most of the market data stats are in. So it is time to look back to assess the past and to look into the capacity planning crystal ball.