Options Completes 40Gb Backbone Upgrade, Plans Further Upgrade to 100Gb

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Options has completed a 40Gb backbone upgrade of all its managed wide area network (WAN) circuits across New York (NY) metro data centres. The infrastructure expansion is designed to allow clients to connect to high volume exchange data feeds at Mahwah, Carteret, NY4 and NJ2, without bandwidth restrictions. All clients connecting to NYSE data have been upgraded to SFTI 40Gb LX.

The capacity upgrade means Options Managed Colocation clients can take advantage of 40Gb network bandwidth and resiliency between all the major New Jersey (NJ) colocation sites, without incurring additional cost for mandatory exchange bandwidth changes. They can also benefit from latency reduction across the entire NY metro network and, in particular, best in market latencies on Secaucus NY4 paths to Mahwah, Carteret and Weehawken NJ2.

The streamlined distribution of all data feeds between each of these paths offers clients the choice to consume all US data at their preferred site and not just locally at the exchange colocation.

Stephen Morrow, global head of account management at Options, says: “With exchange data volumes on the rise, firms that consume these feeds directly are struggling with their network capacity demands. With a fully managed service, our clients are guaranteed an evergreen upgrade to the highest capacity, lowest latent network and we continually monitor the exchanges to ensure we deliver that.”

To achieve the 40Gb backbone upgrade, Option leveraged cutting edge network technology on top of dark fibre, laying the foundation for a further programme of upgrades to 100Gb soon.