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Low Latency Blogs

Latency measurement is an established practice that has been used with great success to optimize trading connections for business advantage, but will operational analytics become the next big business differentiator?

With just a week away from our inaugural Intelligent Trading Summit at London’s America Square conference centre – yes, that’s next Tuesday, March 4 so register to attend here if you haven’t already done so – I thought it would be useful to take a look at what’s in store. So here’s how we plan to set the scene, as it were.

Lucera, a spin off from Cantor Fitzgerald, brings its on-demand, high-performance infrastructure for electronic trading to market today, offering trading firms reduced time to market, lower capital expenditure, on-demand scalability and reduced operational risk.

A week after I last chimed in about our Intelligent Trading Summit in London on March 4 – to be reprised in New York on May 13 – our programme is taking shape. What we’ve pulled together is yet another step in our journey from Low Latency infrastructures into the very brave new world of intelligent trading technology.

TMX Group, operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange, is planning to migrate equity trading customers using Mantara pre-trade risk management and connectivity tools to Ullink solutions. TMX has maintained Mantara products since the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October last year, but will cease to do so once it is up and running with Ullink trading and connectivity solutions.

Are managed services coming of age as providers of front-office trading capabilities? Certainly some of the trends we are seeing suggest they are. It was not so long ago when investment banks and other sell-side trading rooms were able to push the managed services debate into the long-grass, citing control, security and competitive advantage as paramount considerations in continued outright IT ownership. The fact that profits and margins were also extraordinarily healthy meant that cost factors rarely came into the equation.

Bank Vontobel has selected smartTrade Technologies’ hosted LiquidityFX platform to support a new foreign exchange service for spot, forwards and swaps trading. The bank opted for the LiquidityFX solution ahead of other options on the basis of its rich functionality and fast time to market.

Options, a provider of trading infrastructure-as-a-service, has partnered Quincy Data to offer its customers trading at Equinix NY4 and the CME access to the Quincy Extreme Data ultra low latency market data service. The addition of Quincy Extreme Data to Options’ Pipe Velocity electronic trading infrastructure solution was driven by a request from an investment banking customer and is the company’s first brush with microwave and wireless data delivery.

OptionsCity has extended the hosting of its Metro electronic trading and market making platform and Freeway multi-asset trading engine to London, taking up residence in both the Interxion data centre in Brick Lane, East London and the NYSE data centre in Basildon, east of London.