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Lowering the Latency at SIFMA

The annual SIFMA financial tech expo has just concluded in NYC, and here are a few of the low-latency highlights – from an event that sadly overall looks to be heading for the twilight zone. * Best in show in my book was Zeptonics, launching its ZeptoLink fan-out and electronic patch panel, with port to…

Lime Brokerage Adds to Low-Latency Arsenal

With its move to offer low-latency market data to its buy side customers, Lime Brokerage is further adding to its arsenal of data, trading and risk services, perhaps making it look more like a technology vendor than market participant. Lime’s new data service is based on technology from NovaSparks, which leverages FPGA technology to process…

The Benefits of Going Big for Eikon Users

By Philip Brittan, Thomson Reuterswww.thomsonreuters.com The scale of data in financial services is, although significant, dramatically smaller than it is for online consumer companies like Google or Amazon.  For financial services, petabytes are huge, but for those firms they are a rounding error.  Nevertheless the need for real-time throughput makes financial services data a unique…

Q&A: RainStor’s John Bantleman on Big Data Scale with Low Cost and Complexity

Big data storage and analytics is not just about MapReduce and Hadoop.  A number of specialised database products have grown up that look to solve the problems of data scale, while keeping a focus on costs, and overall complexity and manageability.  One such database is RainStor, from the company of the same name.  We spoke…

Intel, Ion Provide SSD Boost to kdb+

A just published STAC report sponsored by Intel provides insight into performance benchmarks for Kx Systems’ kdb+ database running against an Ion Computer Systems storage appliance containing solid state disk (SSD) technology from Intel. According to the report, several tests that form part of STAC’s M3 benchmark suite – focused on the performance of historical…

Lime Brokerage, OneMarketData Offer Quant Trading Platform

Lime Brokerage has tapped OneMarketData to provide a hosted, on-demand analytics for real-time and historical market data covering major U.S. equities and derivatives markets.  The offering – powered by OneMarketData’s OneTick tick database and complex event processing product – will deliver an on-demand cloud service that enables quantitative research, rapid design and back-testing of algorithmic…

ISE and Hanweck Team for PhD Historical Tick Data

The International Securities Exchange, in partnership with Hanweck Associates, has launched the ISE Premium Hosted Database, a hosted database of historical tick data with full OPRA coverage –  quotes and trades from all U.S. options exchanges – plus U.S. equities level one data, pre-computed implied volatilities and Greeks, full corporate action histories, and ISE Open/Close…

Google Releases BigQuery Analytics

Following about six months in beta, Google has released BigQuery, a cloud-based analytics service that it claims can run SQL-like queries on billions of rows of data “at Google speed.”  The service is being pitched at enterprises looking to run ad-hoc queries on datasets, and leverages Google’s massively parallel cloud infrastructure to acheive its high…

Q&A: OneMarketData’s Louis Lovas on Deep Data

OneMarketData has been building technology to process big data since way before the term even existed.  Its customers actually need to process “deep data” – reliable and accurate data instances down to a granular level, stored over long periods of time.  We spoke to OMD’s director of solutions Louis Lovas about deep data, and what…

BlackRock Taps Panopticon for “Big Data Challenge”

Investment manager BlackRock is tapping Panopticon for its suite of information visualisation products, including its Developer SDK for Java and .NET, the Panopticon EX enterprise application and the Panopticon Rapid Development Kit.  The tools will allow BlackRock to deploy Panopticon Treemap, Heatmap and other interactive data visualisation tools to support its internal operations and in…