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A-Team Group’s Intelligent Trading Summit dedicated to discovering What’s Next for Data Driven Trading Technology got underway with an inspiring opening keynote presentation from Alessandro Petroni, senior principal architect, financial services, at Tibco Software. Petroni discussed the need for intelligent trading, the challenges it presents and the value it offers. He also described the management of Big Data in motion and outlined a potential architecture for intelligent trading.

Today’s trading environment is ring-fenced by problems, but there are solutions and technologies that can revitalise trading and make it fit for purpose for next generation traders who are already immersed in technology. Presenting a keynote address at A-Team Group’s Intelligent Trading Summit, Steve Grob, director of group strategy at Fidessa, described what is going wrong in trading, solutions to solve the problems and the emergence of intelligent trading.

Perseus Telecom has closed the gaps between London’s trading markets with microwave connectivity linking the Equinix LD4 data centre in Slough, the NYSE data centre in Basildon, the London Stock Exchange (LSE) data centre and the City based London Hosting Centre.

McKay Brothers is shaving fractions of milliseconds off its microwave routes between US financial data centres as it begins to deliver its 2014 US Microwave Roadmap. The roadmap targets latency between Aurora in Chicago, Illinois and Secaucus in New Jersey at below 8.05 milliseconds and latency between Aurora and Carteret, New Jersey at below 8.00 milliseconds. These latencies are expected to be achieved gradually through the year as the company adds upgraded radio equipment from supplier Aviat Networks and reduces indirectness on its routes.

By Jamie Oschefski, Head of Accounts and Strategic Partnerships, Quantica Trading

It is becoming clear the latency arms race is quickly becoming a theme of the past. The fastest microwave networks between Aurora, Ill., and Carteret, NJ, is currently clocked at about 4.14ms (one-way), where the theoretical minimum is 3.95ms based on the speed of light. With only 0.19ms of improvement, this variable is fast approaching the physical limitations of the universe set by quantum mechanics and relativity. The unimaginable barriers to entry and exorbitant overhead in maintaining and advancing the infrastructure and technology required to keep a competitive edge, only a few trading firms can play in the space.

Perseus Telecom, a privately held provider of high speed global connectivity, has acquired TLV Networks and its ultra-low latency microwave connectivity between CME’s Aurora data centre and ICE at Equinix’s 350 Cermak Road data centre in Chicago.

This week, we’ve been banging on about the lineup for our inaugural Intelligent Trading Summit in London next Tuesday, offering a bit of a taster of what to expect from the day’s panel discussions. It’s worth pointing out, though, that we’ve also managed to line up some great keynote presentations from industry people we have a lot of respect for.

Amazon’s AWS (for Amazon Web Services) cloud platform has been around for a few years now – it was launched in 2006 by the online retailer then looking to make use of its spare IT capacity – and has been increasingly used by financial markets players looking for less expensive compute and storage resource. Recently, however, it has added a number of offerings that could make it very attractive to those in our space looking to manage big data sets and crunch analytics. It’s also begun to showcase third party solutions relevant to the financial services community.

Ciara Technologies always strived to conquer different markets, and diversify its offering without losing sight of its customers’ needs. Although this path can be more complex than others, it has led us constantly to address new customer challenges, and pushed us to maintain high levels of competency.