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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…

A Random Walk Down Brick Lane

Having spent some time last year at Equinix’s LD4 data centre in Slough for a piece in our A-Team Insight Quarterly magazine (check out Issue 10, Q3 2009 here) – and getting an exclusive preview of the LD5 facility, then under construction, I jumped at the chance last week to tour Interxion’s Brick Lane site….

NYSE Technologies Names Connectivity Providers for Basildon Liquidity Centre

NYSE Technologies has named Colt, euNetworks and Verizon as connectivity providers for co-location customers accessing NYSE Euronext’s European liquidity centre in Basildon, Essex. The trio will supply connectivity to NYSE Euronext’s Secure Financial Transactions Infrastructure (SFTI) access centres, enabling co-location customers to then use the NYSE Technologies’ SFTI Optic service to ensure low latency access…

SEC’s HFT Proposals Could Boost Tech Vendors’ Fortunes

High-frequency trading is high on the agenda of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and two recently proposed rule changes could lead to a boon for technology providers. However, industry insiders caution that the SEC must be careful not to leak any intellectual property data it may gather from its increased surveillance of high frequency…

Nomura Launches Collocation Facility Using Colt’s Network Infrastructure

Nomura has selected Colt to provide network infrastructure for its new European connectivity and collocation service. The Nomura initiative comes as the Japanese firm seeks to build on the strong European equities position of Lehman Brothers, whose European and Asian operations it took over a year ago. Nomura calls its new infrastructure a “next-generation ultra-low-latency…

It’s Getting Better …

… Getting better all the time. That’s my assessment of the economy as far as spending on IT by Wall Street is concerned. Sorry, having just picked up the remastered Beatles classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, I couldn’t resist tapping Lennon/McCartney’s track 4 title for this blog post. I’ll offer just a couple…

Issue 7: Low Latency – Are You Performing?

Low latency technologies continue to be deployed by the financial markets – driven by the need to adopt them simply to stay in the trading game, and hopefully win at it. But low latency covers a wide range of components – from networks, to server hardware, to operating systems and middleware, to middleware, and to…