Enabling Market Data Distribution in Hardware
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Overview: With the rising volume of market data, it is becoming more critical for financial service firms to maintain low-latency. Today's software-based solutions support only limited traffic, which means that firms are continuously deploying new servers that come with large costs including: capital outlay and software licensing and deployment, maintenance and datacenter resources. Financial services firms that take this approach discover that there are many challenges when deploying multiple servers as there is an inherent unpredictability of software running on general purpose servers and operating systems. An innovative hardware response to this challenge can filter, forward and fan-out high volume market data using TCP. Hardware enables high TCP fan-out and support for both local and distributed clients while maintaining very consistent low-latency at peak volumes. This paper outlines Solace Systems’ hardware solution and its benefits. Solace Systems' solution is built around carrier-grade rack-mountable content routers that perform the core functions of software infrastructure entirely in hardware.