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Solarflare Capture SolarSystem and Velocimetrics integrate solutions, offering real-time management and analysis of trading activities

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20 October 2015

High volume trading firms leverage combined solution to manage emerging risks, perform business and technical level analysis and satisfy regulatory commitments with a fully integrated, cost-effective and controlled approach

Solarflare, the leader in application-intelligent 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet (10/40GbE) software and hardware technology, announced today that it is working in concert with leading business flow performance analytics firm, Velocimetrics, to jointly offer a distributed and completely customisable, real-time, end-to-end capture and analysis solution to trading firms worldwide.

The combination of Solarflare’s Capture SolarSystemTM – an open, flexible, high-performance persisted Ethernet capture platform – and Velocimetrics’ industry-leading analytics enable orders and trades to be tracked as they move across complex business critical processes, providing detailed, live analysis and real-time issue alerting. The result: emerging problems can be instantly detected and their root cause rapidly understood and acted upon.

Lowering the cost of packet capture and empowering users to build customised solutions, Capture SolarSystem presents a cost effective and controlled approach to reliably capturing high volumes of raw packets to disk at potentially hundreds of different points across global trading systems. Capture SolarSystem then streams packets live to Velocimetrics, which provides real-time network and business content analysis and alerting. With this approach, capital market participants can comprehensively examine trading data from a business and technical perspective at the locations that matter most to their firm.

Capture SolarSystem can be utilised as a standalone capture solution, capturing and saving data for later retrieval and analysis, as a platform that assists in-house applications consuming data in parallel with packet analysis or decoding, or as the provider of local, real-time capture streams to third-party applications.

Offering hardware time stamping of every packet via Solarflare’s server I/O adapters, Capture SolarSystem can be deployed on qualified off-the-shelf server hardware, providing a solution that captures packets in real time and writes them to disk for post-capture analysis.

Velocimetrics’ technology is able to reliably consume network packets from Capture SolarSystem and trace the precise path being taken by orders and trades moving through complicated business processes. By performing individual trade and statistical analysis at every stage, users benefit from a real-time understanding of exactly what is happening, as it is happening across their trading environment. By raising real-time alerts, the instant unexpected behavior is detected, a threshold is reached or a client SLA is in a danger of being breached, users are immediately notified of emerging performance, operational risk, customer experience or regulatory concerns.

“Solarflare’s turnkey, real-time, distributed capture technology is proving to be attractive for many financial companies looking for a more financially viable and customisable solution for large scale deployments”, said Paul Spencer, COO at Velocimetrics. “Capture SolarSystem is a comprehensive capture solution that can now be fully integrated with Velocimetrics’ technology, providing the ideal complement to our advanced network, middleware, market data and business-level analytics.”

“We view packet capture as the fundamental technology that provides not only for network monitoring and analysis, but also for the first step of most all network security workflows”, said Russell Stern, President and CEO of Solarflare. “We are excited to be working in conjunction with Velocimetrics to offer trading firms new levels of visibility into network performance to increase efficiencies, measure performance against client SLAs and satisfy emerging regulatory commitments.”