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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…

Strange Bedfellows in Singapore?

Certainly in some people’s eyes. Or maybe just an example of pragmatism, co-operation and even industry standards at work. I speak of the rollout at the Singapore Exchange of pre-trade risk functionality in the form of the Risk Management Gateway from NYSE Technologies. And its soon to be hookup with the exchange’s new matching system,…

A Low-Latency Lap of SIFMA

Well, I’ve actually completed a few laps of the exhibits over the past couple of days. There’s no doubt the show was once again smaller than before, but the world of low latency was still pretty well represented. Here are some notes from what I’ve seen … * Content providers were few and far between….

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…

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…

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…

StreamBase Lowers Latency, Speeds Up Development

With the release of version 7 of its complex event processing (CEP) offering, StreamBase Systems is taking a swipe at latency while addressing usability to make creation of applications faster and easy enough for a business user to tackle. Overall performance has apparently been improved by 20%, together with the introduction of fine-grain control of…

NYSE+Nasdaq … The Platform Play

So as somewhat expected, Nasdaq OMX is making a play for NYSE Euronext, pulling in IntercontinentalExchange as a partner, and offering a good premium over Deutsche Boerse’s bid. Regulatory issues – which are likely to be significant for both bids – aside, the Nasdaq/ICE bid looks credible on paper. But what does it say –…

Q&A: Craig Betts of Solace Systems on Latency Beyond Algo Trading

Low latency messaging use is expanding beyond traditional algorithmic trading applications to address wider business requirements. Meanwhile, issues such as reliability, manageability and cost are becoming more visible. IntelligentTradingTechnology.com discussed low-latency messaging directions – and messaging directions in general – with Craig Betts, CEO of Solace Systems. Q: You recently announced a deal with the…

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…