I expect Voltaire's new Scale Out Ethernet architecture and products to help accelerate the deployment of low latency networks for high-performance business computing used by Wall Street. According to Wikipedia and Automated Trader News, over 40 percent of London Stock Exchange trades were automated in 2006 and over 60 percent of the NYSE trades were automated during one week in 2008. So, the use of low-latency networking for automated trading of equities, options, derivatives and FX is here to stay and will grow as a key battleground for financial companies vying for competitive advantage. In this market, architects that only a few years ago accepted latencies of hundreds of milliseconds are now quietly deploying InfiniBand networks that can respond in microseconds. For Wall Street IT pros that haven't yet made the switch to InfiniBand, the new Ethernet switch products from Voltaire provide a way for them to design a network with microsecond latency while leveraging their investment in Ethernet infrastructure and expertise.
Later this year, Voltaire will offer a high capacity CEE core switch for high-performance business computing and large enterprise data centers. Within two years, I expect you will see CEE edge switches and converged network adapters that are sized and priced for Main Street. When that happens, I expect microsecond latency to become a check list item for a data center architects that are designing networks for performance. If you want to check out Voltaire's new scale-out Ethernet architecture, read their white paper at www.voltaire.com/Ethernet.