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October 1, 2010

UBS Investment Bank has made a strategic equity investment in high frequency trading technology specialist Mantara, becoming the first investor to cut a commercial deal with the company and extending its reach in the high frequency, low latency trading market.

September 30, 2010

Hibernia Atlantic, the only diverse transAtlantic high bandwidth connectivity provider, announces today its plans to build the lowest latency cable route from New York to London offering High Frequency Traders the unique latency under 60 milliseconds. Hibernia’s Global Financial Network (GFN) currently unites hundreds of global banks and financial exchanges with a single connection. The GFN was built for the financial community and meets their demanding performance and reliability requirements. Project Express will only strengthen the GFN as the fastest route across the Atlantic.

September 29, 2010

Equinix, Inc., a provider of global data center services, and Bloomberg, the leading global provider of financial data, news and analytics, today announced a strategic partnership to provide secure and reliable colocation, connectivity choice and interconnection services for Bloomberg’s data services and Bloomberg Tradebook.

September 29, 2010

Catena Technologies, a consulting firm that implements high-performance solutions for financial institutions, announced the release of a report that benchmarks the performance of a leading trading platform on 32-core server technology. The report measured the average latency between components at under one microsecond and went on further to demonstrate the scalability of the platform for rates of up to one million market data messages per second, and with ten processes consuming data hosted on the same server.

September 29, 2010

Low latency technologies have taken hold among the fragmented markets in Europe, resulting in narrower spreads and more liquidity opportunities. But fragmentation has still left primary exchanges in several regions in a dominant position, and best execution is still a work in progress, according to participants in a keynote "Fragmentation World Tour" panel at the A-Team Group’s Insight Exchange conference on High Performance Technologies for Trading and Risk, this week in New York.

September 29, 2010

Securities firms have to learn how to better exploit their low-latency architectures so that all groups in a trading enterprise can see the business value of their costly high-performance infrastructures, said participants in a panel discussion at A-Team Group’s Insight Exchange conference on High Performance Technologies for Trading and Risk, this week in New York.

September 29, 2010

Two-thirds of financial services firms fear their analytics programs and infrastructures will not be able to handle increasing analytical complexity and data volume, according to a just-released Research Report, featuring a survey of financial services professionals and conducted by Wall Street & Technology in conjunction with Platform Computing, SAS and The TABB Group. Completed in July 2010, the survey indicates that firms are hampered by a lack of scalability, inflexible architectures and inefficient use of existing computing capacity. Noteworthy differences exist in the challenges being faced by both buy- and sell-side firms, with sell-side institutions more likely to report a lack of a scalable environment, insufficient capacity to run complex analytics, and contention for computing resources as significant challenges.

September 28, 2010

RTS Realtime Systems Group, a leading global trading solutions provider, today announced that it has released a new ultra-low latency gateway for its RTD Tango and RTD Tango Trader clients, accessing CME Group with an internal latency of 100-150 microseconds. Client feedback during Beta testing has indicated that the new connectivity, as part of an off-the-shelf algorithmic trading solution, is the fastest among those currently available.

September 27, 2010

Solace Systems, the leading provider of middleware appliances, today announced that CNSX Markets Inc. (CNSX Markets) has selected Solace to supply technology to manage the distribution of its high speed data feeds to clients. CNSX Markets operates two venues: Pure Trading and the Canadian National Stock Exchange based on technology from NASDAQ OMX.

September 27, 2010

Canadian exchange group CNSX Markets – which operates the Canadian National Stock Exchange and Pure Trading – is deploying hardware messaging appliances from Solace Systems to reduce the latency of its market data services, allow for future scalability, as well as add new functionality. The exchange group is looking to go live with its first customers in November.

September 27, 2010

FSMLabs’ TimeKeeper software combined with Spectracom’s TSync-PCIe Timecode Processor card has broken the microsecond synchronization barrier, delivering time accurate to the low nanoseconds to trading programs. The announcement was made today by FSMLabs, provider of high-precision time distribution software, and Spectracom, a company of the Orolia Group (NYSE Alternext Paris –FR0010501015 – ALORO) and a provider of hardware-based time and frequency systems for vital communications networks.

September 27, 2010

Sumerian, a provider of intelligent IT analytics to some of the world’s most innovative companies, today announced the availability of “Holistic Latency Monitoring: Finding the Chain’s Weakest Link,” a Vision Note written and produced by TABB Group. The TABB Vision Note examines what steps financial firms can take to better understand the variable relationship between business volumes and latency, and offers guidance on how firms can leverage holistic latency monitoring to improve trading operations.

September 27, 2010

SpryWare, a premier provider of Ultra Low Latency feed handlers and direct market data technology, today announced their latest version of their direct feed handler technology, with an In-Process solution, breaking well in to the single digit microsecond latency arena. The SpryWare Embedded MIS (Embedded Market information Server), deploys as a full In-Process solution, bringing SpryWare’s robust feed handlers directly into the client trading application. This technology combines market data acquisition, normalization, and delivery with algorithmic trading engines into a single process. Gone are the delays associated with network hop latency, middleware distribution bottlenecks, double copies of data, and context switching overhead.

September 24, 2010

A-Team Group’s Andrew Delaney chairs a high level panel at our A-Team Insight Exchange event in London on the importance of a suitably robust back office IT infrastructure in order to better support the risk management function, featuring speakers from Mizuho International, QuartetFS, Kinetic Partners and Oracle.

September 24, 2010

Peter Nabicht Allston Allston Trading, a high frequency market maker in over 30 financial exchanges worldwide, has installed a Tervela hardware accelerated messaging platform to support application development and monitor application performance, network health and latency in real time.

September 23, 2010

A-Team's Andrew Delaney talks to StreamBase Systems CEO Mark Palmer about the agility of creating low-latency systems - it's not just how fast they are, but how fast one can build, deploy and modify them. Also how business management is getting more involved in the low-latency debate, and the 'disconnect' between business and technical groups. Plus how latency is a factor of many elements in a complete trading system.

September 23, 2010

Darshan Chandarana from Oracle Financial Services outlines the company's focus on capital markets, and how it can now offer an integrated hardware and software stack following its acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Complex Event Processing and Real-time Java are two specific technologies he points out, as examples of mainstream technology being more widely adopted for niche customers to create their own platforms.

September 23, 2010

TS-Associates' Henry Young discusses "precision instrumentation" of low-latency systems with A-Team's Pete Harris. "You can't manage what you can't measure," is the bottom line. Henry also provides and update on how the FIX Protocol Organization is involved in inter-party latency measurement, and why standards are needed in this area.

September 22, 2010

NEW RECORD PEAKS for BX TotalView ITCH 3.2, UTDF, Level 2 and QBBO from NASDAQ, CQS and OPRA from SIAC and CEF Core Eurex from Deutsche Börse

September 21, 2010

Activ Financial is moving into Interxion’s Brick Lane, London data centre with a view to winning business from market participants already in the centre and enlarging its European footprint.

September 21, 2010

The Bahrain Financial Exchange (BFX), the first multi-asset exchange in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, announced today the signing of a partnership agreement with RTS Realtime Systems (RTS), a leading global trading solutions provider.

September 21, 2010

Lime Brokerage LLC, an independent high-volume agency broker and leading provider of high-throughput, low-latency technologies to the professional trading community, has launched comprehensive, high-speed options execution. This latest offering complements its market leading high-speed equities and futures trading capabilities.

September 21, 2010

SpryWare, a premier provider of Ultra Low Latency feed handlers and direct market data technology, today announced the approval of the next generation SolarFlare 10 Gigabit Ethernet Server Adaptors. Over the last 3 months SpryWare has tested and approved the dual port SolarStorm SFN5121T 10GbE network cards on their Ultra Low Latency Market Data servers. The tests of the cards resulted in lower latency and less CPU usage, both key factors to SpryWare’s market data clients.

September 20, 2010

Colt, a leading provider of business communications and IT managed services, has today announced that in partnership with Infinera it has successfully completed its first European field trial of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) over a live network. The trial marks an important step forward in the development of 100Gbps technologies to support ever-increasing bandwidth demand across Europe.