TORONTO, Feb. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Q9 Networks (Q9) is pleased to announce that it has been selected by NYSE Technologies, the commercial technology unit of NYSE Euronext (NYX), to host a Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure (SFTI®) access centre. The agreement will extend the SFTI backbone into Q9's Toronto data centre, enabling Canadian customers to directly access services over the global capital markets network.
Created for the financial services community in 2002, SFTI is built to facilitate large quantities of electronic quotes, trades and market data traffic while ensuring reliable, ultra-low latency access to NYSE Euronext's markets and other global trading venues and firms, including more than 1,300 market participants.
Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Q9 is providing NYSE Technologies with secure and redundant physical infrastructure in one of its high-availability data centres.
With this new installation, financial services customers within the Q9 data centre will be able to cross-connect into a suite of low-latency trading services available on SFTI. Customers outside of the facility will also be able to receive SFTI services by connecting into the Q9 access centre.
"Co-locating in Q9's state-of-the-art data centre further strengthens the reach and connectivity of the SFTI global trading network," says Don Brook, Head of Infrastructure, NYSE Technologies. "Q9 has attracted a strong base of trading firms, including a number of SFTI customers that will benefit from even greater market access, reduced connectivity costs and enhanced performance through this new access centre."
Q9 designs, builds and operates its data centres to meet the most demanding IT infrastructure requirements, including the increased power and cooling demands of today's high density computing devices. Customers connect to the Internet via Q9's unique network and are protected by Q9's 100 per cent, SLA-backed uptime guarantees on both power and network availability. Customer equipment and data centre environmental parameters are monitored 7x24 by Q9's Control Centre, staffed by experts versed in all aspects of IT and facilities management.
"We are very pleased to be hosting the NYSE Technologies' SFTI network at Q9," says Q9 Chief Executive Officer, Osama Arafat. "Our reputation for security and reliability has been instrumental in establishing us as the data centre provider of choice for Canada's financial community. With this announcement, we further extend that reputation and enable Canadian market participants to take advantage of direct access to NYSE Technologies' high-quality, low-latency trading network."
About NYSE Technologies:
A division of NYSE Euronext (NYX), NYSE Technologies provides broadly accessible, comprehensive connectivity and transaction capabilities, data and infrastructure services, and managed solutions for a range of customers requiring next-generation performance and expertise for mission critical and value-added trading services. NYSE Technologies offers a diverse array of products, services and solutions to: the Buy Side, including order routing, liquidity discovery and access to a community of over 630 Broker-Dealers and execution destinations globally; the Sell Side, including high performance, end-to-end messaging software and innovative market data products delivered on the world's largest, most reliable financial transaction network; and Market Venues and Exchanges, including multi-asset exchange platform services, managed services and expert consultancy. With offices across the U.S., Europe, and Asia, NYSE Technologies offers advanced integrated solutions for the global capital markets community, earning the ability to power trading operations for many of the world's best financial institutions and exchanges. For additional information visit: http://nysetechnologies.nyx.com
About Q9 Networks:
Q9 Networks is Canada's leading provider of outsourced data centre infrastructure for organizations with mission-critical IT operations. Q9's 11 data centres and network are backed by an industry leading SLA that guarantees 100 per cent network and power availability. Q9 services, including: co-location, bandwidth, dedicated servers, firewalls, load balancing, virtual private networking (VPN) and back-up/restore, enable the rapid provisioning and scalability of client infrastructure. Q9 is backed by ABRY Partners, one of the most experienced and successful media, communications and information services focused private investment firms in North America, having completed over $21 billion of investments since 1989.
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