About a-team Marketing Services
The knowledge platform for the financial technology industry
The knowledge platform for the financial technology industry

A-Team Insight Blogs

InstrumentiX and FMADIO Launch 100G Combined Capture and Analytics Platform

Subscribe to our newsletter

InstrumentiX, the performance monitoring and analytics solutions provider, and FMADIO, the packet capture appliance vendor, have together released a new 100G capture and analytics platform, the x-100.

The x-100 was developed in response to the exponential increase in trading-related data volumes in recent years, which has driven a demand for high-performance capture and analytics to tackle the throughput across 100Gbps network and infrastructure deployments. The product is designed to provide insight into the link between technology efficiency and trading performance, crucial in the drive to optimise execution outcomes and customer experience.

“Whilst critical, it’s not just about packet capture – the data itself needs to be available and actionable immediately,” says Steve Hicks, InstrumentiX Founder and Chief Technology Officer. “Exchanges, investment banks, market makers and HFT shops all have huge amounts of traffic that needs to be captured, but they also want to process that traffic in real-time. They need access to performance metrics, fault diagnosis and analytics, with full confidence in that data, and need to be able to  act on it without delay.”

Central to the x-100 is InstrumentiX’s xMetrics flow monitoring engine, which facilitates data enrichment and transformation by allowing the user to interact directly with the data it is creating. This feature not only allows external data to be used in enrichment, but also allows for the introduction of user-defined functions into the instrumentation path that can be used to transform – in real time – any and all data.

“xMetrics is the only instrumentation platform that has complete modularity, and was built from the get-go to be implemented in the same distributed manner as the systems it monitors,” states Hicks. “That means that we can in effect deliver instrumentation as middleware. Also, it’s the only instrumentation platform that’s programmable, meaning that the client can introduce user-defined functions into the instrumentation path, allowing for easy customisation. With FMADIO underpinning that in terms of lossless capture, we believe that with the x-100, we’ve got a market leading solution that is more flexible, more open and more cost-effective than any other in the market today.”

Highlights of the x-100 include: FPGA-backed sustained capture rates of 100Gbps and burst capture rates of 200Gbps; 3.2ns-resolution hardware timestamping; lossless capture of 148.88 million packets a second; monitoring of all execution, market data, infrastructure and network performance through a single pane; correlation & root cause analysis; and customisable multi-factor adaptive alerting.

“Instrumentation is crucial in providing constant verifiable execution efficiency, safeguarding customer experience and driving operational improvement,” says Hicks. “The integration of these two market-leading solutions into a single platform offers both the most cost-conscious and the most feature-demanding clients a solution unmatched by any competing vendor.”

Subscribe to our newsletter

Related content


Recorded Webinar: How to make outsourced infrastructure work for trading

Transitioning from in-house to outsourced trading infrastructure is a significant challenge, but it can offer sizeable benefits including reduced costs, improved performance, access to diverse liquidity sources, and ability to stay abreast of technology changes. This webinar will discuss practical approaches to planning and implementing outsourced infrastructure for trading, the potential of hybrid solutions, and...


A-Team Group Names Winners of 2022 TradingTech Insight Awards USA

A-Team Group announced the 2022 winners of its acclaimed TradingTech Insight (TTI) Awards USA today. The awards recognise excellence in trading solutions and services for capital markets, and focus on vendors providing exceptional and innovative trading infrastructure, technology, and data solutions dedicated to the challenges faced by firms operating in the US trading environment. This...


TradingTech Insight Briefing New York

TradingTech Insight Briefing New York will explore how trading firms are innovating and leveraging technology as a differentiator in today’s cloud and digital based environment.


Trading Regulations Handbook 2022

Welcome to the third edition of A-Team Group’s Trading Regulations Handbook, a publication designed to help you gain a full understanding of regulations that have an impact on your trading operations, data and technology. The handbook provides details of each regulation and its requirements, as well as ‘at-a-glance’ summaries, regulatory timelines and compliance deadlines, and...