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Demystifying Exchange Colocation

Colocation has established itself as the access mechanism for trading firms requiring the fastest possible execution. It’s widely accepted that for firms wanting the lowest latency access to a specific market there is no substitute for placing their trading applications as close as possible to the matching engines themselves, making it the solution of choice…

Viewpoints on Latency – Towards Zero Latency – June 2011

Trading firms continue to invest significant sums in low-latency technologies, with connectivity and co-location being a big focus, and a large proportion of IT budgets. Reducing propagation latency from the trading chain – by going with the fastest network provider and installing systems in co-location data centres – remains for many the simplest approach to…

How Buying Fixnetix Is Truly a Risky Business

Hot on the heels of Colt’s protracted courtship of MarketPrizm comes yet another corporate action in our beloved low-latency infrastructure segment. This one caught us by surprise, but not because it was unexpected. It’s been expected for so long that we’d forgotten about it, to be honest. That Fixnetix was ‘for sale’ has been a…

With New Switches, Cisco Weaves a Low-Latency Trading Fabric

Moving up the value chain from networking provider to low-latency solutions partner, Cisco Systems will tomorrow announce its “High-Performance Trading Fabric” initiative, which provides reference architectures for “each step of an automated trade” for financial markets participants. Cisco’s architectures combine networking, compute and storage, and are based on the company’s recently introduced Nexus 3064 and…

The Race to Zero – Three Rules for Winning

Deutsche Boerse Group, one of the world’s leading financial exchanges, recently developed a new ultra-low-latency trading infrastructure linking Frankfurt to five other key worldwide trading centres. The target for the Frankfurt-London link was 5 milliseconds (0.005 seconds). Pushing the limits of how quickly computers can process instructions is the new battleground in finance. True zero…

Optimising Value from High Performance Connectivity

High frequency trading (HFT) is now a term recognised by the mainstream. This wide familiarity has coincided with maturity of HFT practices, the explosion in their use, and a flattening out of the potential returns as competition increases. Early adopters of HFT were able to leverage high-performance technologies to generate vast returns. Today, the environment…

Seeing Colt Through a Different ‘Prizm

While it may not be the biggest transaction, Colt’s agreement to acquire a majority stake in MarketPrizm, which finally materialised this week after months of speculation, gives the UK telecom services provider some teeth with which it hopes to bite off a larger chunk of the trading connectivity marketplace. No cash will change hands as…

Will NYSE Tussle Turn NASD?

Keeping abreast of the to’ing and fro’ing between the various entities vying for control of NYSE Euronext has added a certain piquancy to simultaneously hosting a panel discussion on Optimising Latency in a Fragmented World at our Business & Technology of Low Latency Trading events this month in London and New York. Assessing the connectivity…

Would Google Really Buy Thomson Reuters Markets?

The idea that Google would be interested in – and is indeed seeking to – acquire Thomson Reuters Markets first came to my attention at the London Stock Exchange, oddly enough. I was there for a function, and after a panel discussion about the future of the exchange marketplace, I got chatting with a gentleman…

More on Recent News from Spread Networks

I’m pretty focused on A-Team’s “Business & Technology of Low-Latency Trading” events coming up in London in less than two weeks, and in New York City at the month end. We’ll have Brennan Carley of Spread Networks on a panel in NYC, and so I’m reminded that Spread has put out a couple of interesting…