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Datacom Taps Formby, Releases Matrix Switch for Co-Lo

Datacom Systems – a vendor of network taps and matrix switches – has appointed Kevin Formby as its new president and CEO. Formby joins from packet capture/latency monitoring specialist Endace, and as such brings with him much experience of the financial markets vertical in general, and low-latency infrastructure in particular. On the heels of Formby’s on-boarding,…

Direct Edge Taps Xignite for Historical Data Cloud

Stock exchange Direct Edge has launched EdgeBook Cloud, an on-demand service providing depth-of-book historical trade and quote data from its EDGA and EDGX markets. The data is delivered via Xignite’s cloud-based infrastructure, and is targeted at market analysis, back-testing, and compliance applications. There are three delivery options: “Our goal is to make EdgeBook Cloud the…

Solarflare Leverages FPGAs for ApplicationOnload Engine

Solarflare Communications has announced its ApplicationOnload Engine (AOE) – combining 10gE networking with FPGA technology that allows trading applications to run fully on a network card, for the lowest latency. Planned to ship in Q2, AOE is Solarflare’s response to wide customer demand, says CEO Russell Stern.  Already well established in financial markets firms with…

Vendor Consortium Pushes Reference Stack for High Performance Trading; Publishes Benchmarks for FIX Messaging

Following on from an announcement at the end of last year, a consortium of IT vendors has published a white paper outlining a reference stack for high performance trading applications, and has documented a set of benchmarks conducted on commercial and open source FIX engines to demonstrate different performance characteristics of the stack. As it…

Q&A: Brand Hunt of 60East on Awesome Code and Fast Messaging

When one thinks of low-latency messaging, it’s companies like Tibco, Informatica, Solace that come to mind. But also in the mix is the stealthy 60East Technologies, about to release its latest version. IntelligentTradingTechnology.com got the scoop from co-founder Brand Hunt. Q: So when and how did 60East Technologies get started, where is it today, and…

Q&A: Certichron’s Tim Costello on Why It’s Important to Know the Time!

In low-latency electronic trading, and especially in an increasingly regulated world, being able to document transactions and especially exactly when they happen – in a way that is provable when disputes arise – could be crucial. But who has the correct time?  That would be Certichron, says its director of sales Tim Costello, below in…

Lime Brokerage Rolls LimeDirect Pre-Trade Risk; Minimises Latency, Shuns FPGA Technology

Lime Brokerage has rolled out its LimeDirect pre-trade risk service – providing compliance for SEC rule 15c3-5 while adding minimal latency. But unlike competitive services, the offering – which Lime officials say is based on an “innovative blend of hardware and software” – does not leverage FPGA technology, because Lime technologists believe it is too…

NYSE Technologies Goes Live with Dual Liquidity Centres in Toronto

NYSE Technologies has gone live with dual Liquidity Centres in Toronto, the latest in the rollout of its network of trading hubs, following on from its primary operations in Mahwah, NJ, and Basildon, UK, and the more recent opening in Tokyo. The Toronto liquidity centres provide co-located low-latency access to local markets, with one at…

Q&A: IPC’s Joe Pickel on Network-As-A-Service

IPC Systems recently introduced Connexus, a financial markets extranet, for ready access to its trading ecosystem. IntelligentTradingTechnology.com spoke to the company’s vice president of network services product management Joe Pickel to find out more. Q: IPC has been in the network/connectivity business for quite some time, so what’s new and different about Connexus? A: We…

Q&A: Mellanox’s Asaf Wachtel on Kernel Bypass and a Future in Verbs

With a new version of its VMA software and new network cards, Mellanox is pushing down latency and jitter for both Ethernet and InfiniBand. IntelligentTradingTechnology.com spoke with the vendor’s director of business development Asaf Wachtel on the state of the art, and what’s next.. Q: For starters, can you describe briefly what your VMA software…