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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…

Q&A: Fidessa’s Justin Llewellyn-Jones on Hosting and Latency

An increasing number of execution systems vendors are now offering their products as hosted services, running them from their own data centres, and taking on the job of managing them, including keeping their latency low. Fidessa has been doing this for some time. IntelligentTradingTechnology.com caught up with the company’s managed services head Justin Llewellyn-Jones to…

Aux Temps Perdus en Fleet Street

Just because we could, we took lunch on Fleet Street yesterday. I managed to squeeze in a quick haircut at the hairdressers just across the street from the Punch Tavern, then ambled over to Lutyens, the newish chi-chi restaurant housed at – yes, you guessed it – 85 Fleet Street. This building – designed by…

Q&A: Telx’s Michael Cattell on Co-Lo in Chicago, and Trading Ecospheres

With a recent expansion of its Chicago facility, Telx is continuing to make news in the hot market for co-location services. IntelligentTradingTechnology.com caught up with the company’s vice president for financial services Michael Cattell to get the background to the Chicago expansion, and to find out more about Telx’s trading ecosphere. Q: You recently announced…

Q&A: Cogeco Data Services’ Virginia Brailey on Low Latency North of the Border

When it comes to low-latency hot spots, it’s not all about NYC, and not even just about the US. Our neighbors to the north have plenty going on too in terms of electronic exchanges and new marketplaces. And there are local vendors, such a Cogeco Data Services. IntelligentTradingTechnology.com talked to Virginia Brailey, vice president, marketing…

Smoke or Fire in Latency M&A?

It’s surprising how market downtime – that is to say the just-passed holiday period – continued to generate tittle-tattle, which of course we were able to monitor from the southern tip of Europe thanks to the modern marvel that is the iPhone. Tittle-tattle it may be, but something is afoot in the low-latency connectivity space….

The Connected World of Connectivity

What is connectivity? How to define connectivity in the high-performance trading infrastructure segment depends on where you sit in what’s increasingly viewed as the financial ecosystem. At the FISD’s recent Low-Latency Roundtable event in London, I asked a group of esteemed supplier panellists how financial markets users should decide on which application type is the…

Q&A: CSI’s Emilio Mercado on the Release of MDAL

Emilio Mercado is director, financial services product & strategy at the Collaborative Software Initiative. IntelligentTradingTechnology.com talked to him about the recent release of MDAL – The Market Data Abstraction Layer – which has a goal of providing a single API to access market data across an enterprise, avoiding vendor lock-in. Q: Why is MDAL needed?…

Go East Young Man

They say timing is everything, so perhaps it was fortuitous that I managed to catch up with David Stanton – Cable & Wireless Worldwide’s man in Singapore – just a few days before news of Singapore Exchange’s interest in the Australian Stock Exchange hit the wires. But as I’ve noted here in the past few…