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Intel Snaps Up Fulcrum Microsystems

Intel is acquiring Fulcrum Microsystems, a developer of interconnect chips leveraged by ethernet switches, such as those from Arista Networks, IBM System Networking (Blade Network Technologies, as was) and Mellanox. While Intel’s big play is all about data centre fabrics and cloud computing, the impact on low-latency networking for the financial markets is clear, given…

The Network Effect

Looking at the latest news from Sanford C. Bernstein, about them joining SunGard’s Global Network got me thinking a bit. First, what does the “C” stand for? Next, since I couldn’t find an answer to that first one, is where do networks from the likes of SunGard fit in the low-latency world? And it all…

Q&A: Brennan Carley of Spread Networks on New Services for New Customers

Spread Networks is rolling another connectivity service between Chicago and the NYC metro area – this time one that addresses the market that does not need the lowest latency, and which is more price sensitive. IntelligentTradingTechnology.com caught up with the company’s senior vice president of product marketing Brennan Carley to discuss the new service, the…

NYSE Technologies Announces Community Platform; IaaS Play for Capital Markets

With the announcement today of its Capital Markets Community Platform, NYSE Technologies is bringing cloud computing into the world of electronic trading and low latency. Well, kind of. Already an established provider of hosted, managed services, such as its Superfeed data feed, and its Risk Management Gateway for pre-trade risk controls, the vendor – a…

Q&A: Todd Watkins of NYSE Technologies on Managing Options Data

Anyone who is familiar with the OPRA option data feed and associated message rates understands the challenges of dealing with options market data. NYSE Technologies has just introduced its Filtered Options Feed, designed to address some of those challenges. IntelligentTradingTechnology.com talked to Todd Watkins, product manager at the data and trading technology vendor, to find…

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…

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…

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…

Tibco Releases FTL – Aims to “Dominate” in the Front Office

With the release of its low-latency FTL messaging product, Tibco Software aims to “dominate in the front office,” a space where it got started in the mid 1980s and then became ubiquitous with its TIB and Rendezvous offerings. Having since diversified into the non-financial markets with a number of enterprise information products, the company is…

Q&A: Activ Financial’s Frank Piasecki on Growth in 2010 and 2011

Activ Financial Systems had a busy year in 2010, adding customers, launching updated products and building out its internal network. IntelligentTradingTechnology.com talked to the company’s president and co-founder Frank Piasecki to find out more. Q: Activ added 90+ customers in 2010. Can you clarify that, and point to any key growth areas? A: Activ saw…