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Trading Community Platform in the Cloud

Technology in the Capital Markets industry is in a transitional phase. Hyperscale technologies are disrupting global industries, challenging the efficiency, agility and scalability of deployed systems throughout the entire technology stack. Taking advantage is not easy, a set of solutions is needed that can enable interoperability with this disruptive, growing technical landscape, without uprooting what is being relied upon today.

 

Introducing F-I-X, a secure platform designed and built for the Trading Community. Primed for disruption, the platform offers its users instant Cloud presence and access to a broad range of value creating Cloud Enabled Apps provided by CapitalMarkets.Technology and its strategic partners.

Platform Innovations

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Hybrid Cloud

Revolutions

are occurring and

Hybrid

is the Key

In the competitive automotive industry there is a great pressure to significantly reduce carbon emissions by the end of the decade.​ Not too dissimilar, is the revolution occurring in the Capital Markets. As more global Exchanges and Tier 1 financial organizations disclose their digital strategy plans for the coming years, there remains little doubt that the future of Capital Markets platforms is Cloud Native. Having a strong Cloud presence will be critical to all industry participants.

 

As infrastructure is being rolled out to support electric vehicles, there has been a need for a transitional technology in the form of Hybrid. A similar dynamic exists in the Capital Markets Cloud revolution. Transformation takes time and is not without risk, so during the transition we need a Hybrid solution that ensures organizations are Cloud enabled but business continuity remains unaffected.

 

For this reason, we take a Cloud First, No Compromises strategy chosing to design and build our solutions on Hybrid technologies. This means that during the transition period we can fully support both existing infrastructure and Cloud Native technologies simultaneously. This way, our customers gain instant Cloud presence but without the inherent risk of large, complex and expensive Cloud migration projects.

Hybrid Cloud Technologies

Cloud Powered Connectivity

Private Jet

on an

Economy Ticket

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to arrive at the airport with an economy ticket in hand for a multi-leg, long haul commercial flight, only to be told that you have been upgraded to a direct flight on a Private Jet?

 

Upgrading to F-I-X is the network equivalent of this fanciful circumstance, underpinned by our Cloud Native Cloud Powered Connectivity solution. Cloud Powered Connectivity leverages large, high-quality, global hyperscale networks and allows for direct transit at speed, removing physical and technical limitations associated with multi-hop legacy networks that are restricted to inefficient, inflexible, higher latency routing configurations.

 

Cloud Powered Connectivity provides a powerful network solution that enables us to offer network based solutions at very competitive rates, while still satisfying our guiding principles of Next Generation, Cloud Native and an Interoperable & Decoupled offering built for the Trading Community.

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Global

Cloud PoPs

Gateway 

to the Cloud

Global Cloud PoPs are highly available localized gateways. Widely spread around the world, they provide access though a number of flexible, high quality Connectivity Modules and Managed VPNs.

 

Global Cloud PoPs offer true global presence and reach. This greatly simplifies connectivity with counterparties, bringing them closer to your business. For example, with Global Cloud PoPs there is no need to invest time and money in building your own co-located infrastructure to promote your brand in a new region or gain point-of-presence on the other side of the globe. Global Cloud PoPs provide this out of the box and significantly speeds up time-to-market to receive order flow or trade with a new counterparty, greatly strengthening the relationship and trust between businesses and trading partners.

 

A single connection to any of our Global Cloud PoPs is all that is required to start benefiting from the many value creating Cloud enabled Apps offered by CapitalMarkets.Technology.

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Rapid Provisioning

Lost Time is a Lost Opportunity

Waiting for legacy IT Platforms to be provisioned is generally a costly and frustrating experience. We may not like it, but it is a necessary and unavoidable evil in a complex process from initial procurement through to full deployment. The lost time, usually measured in weeks to months has an opportunity cost. The long wait time to start accepting order flow or executing a new strategy with a counterparty has financial implications as well as increased reputational risk.

 

F-I-X employs automated, devops based techniques to deliver Rapid Provisioning of the platform’s components, services and Apps. Provisioning time is significantly cut from the traditional weeks and months, to mere days, hours or even in some cases minutes. This is great news for the users of the platform, but it is also good news for their IT staff who can focus their efforts on value creating activities rather than provisioning, configuration and installations. 

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Low-latency Trading Options

For specialized business cases where latency sensitivity is at its very highest, Low-latency Trading Options offer the tools and services needed to maintain a Cloud strategy without compromising latency-sensitive trading strategies.

 

Our Trading Backbone utilizes optimal global transit to shave milliseconds from connectivity over long distances between major financial hubs. This can be combined with co-located Bare-metal Machines free from hypervisor overhead, armed with low-latency, high-throughput network interface cards with the firepower needed for advanced trading. These are available on demand in proximity housed racks for low-latency access to trading venues and counterparties.

 

Network Latency Analytics take it further through direct tapping of the network hardware, analysis of the network data is presented in an intuitive graphical user interface to assist with Network Performance Tuning and uncovering latency performance bottlenecks.

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Managed VPNs

 

 

Remove the Headache

Internet based Virtual Private Networks remain a popular choice for many buy-side firms and are expected to remain so for the foreseeable future. The flexibility of a VPN is unmatched. Whether the trading systems are co-located in a London office, a New York datacenter or on a island in the Caribbean, VPNs provide a secure and cost effective alternative to fixed network services. However, VPNs are not without their drawbacks. They can be tricky to configure, a headache to manage and experience QoS and latency issues that are not present in solutions such as Cloud Powered Connectivity or leased lines. 

 

Managed VPNs help alleviate these drawbacks through standard configurations compatible with a broad range of VPN hardware and software. When combined with Global Cloud PoPs, service quality is dramatically increased as Managed VPN traffic shifts onto high-quality, hyperscaled Cloud Powered Connectivity. Disaster Recovery and secondary gateways are supported too, improving service availability and decreasing operational risk to the VPN connected counterparty

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Connectivity Modules

One Word: Agnostic

Connecting to F-I-X or connecting to a counterparty or trading partner couldn’t be any easier. Our Hybrid Cloud offers a variety of Connectivity Modules to Datacenters, On-prem and Cloud Providers. Cloud Agnostic, If your business is exclusively on AWS but your counterparty is running on Azure, Connectivity Modules bridge that gap. If you have a Cloud Native strategy, the Cross-connect Marketplace can help you to reach 100s of counterparties or trading partners still yet to adopt Cloud. Need to connect to your corporate office or datacenter? On-prem Connectivity Modules are there to do that for you.

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Managed Cloud & Security

Secure Cloud Platform designed for scale, managed by Fintech experts, fine tuned for the Trading Community

Our expert experience with industry requirements has helped us to design, build and manage a comprehensive set of Cloud based services. This experience means we make security a high priority, we understand why it is important. Cloud security has come under scrutiny over the past years and to an extent hindered its wide-spread adoption in the Capital Markets Industry. Hyperscale architecture is designed to support all industries with completely different requirements. Fine tuning security is both essential and vital when building a Cloud presence. With isolation and containment built-in to our platform, there are no direct links to untrusted or public networks..

 

Through Managed Cloud & Security, the platform can scale while maintaining integrity. Additional Cloud Machines, Global Cloud PoPs and Managed VPNs are always available as expansion options to your instance of the platform. Also as an option, we can take care to perform Monitoring & Notification or even manage the full stack if preferred.

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F-I-X is a B2B SaaS cloud and connectivity platform delivered through seven distinct SaaS offerings, tailored to key segments in the Capital Markets Industry. These key segments include Buy-sides and their Vendors, Sell-sides and their Vendors, as well as Exchanges and Regulators. With F-I-X comes choice, Public or White Labelled, Order Routing Clouds connect Buy-sides with Sell-sides across the globe. F-I-X flexibility allows for services to be bundled together, taking full advantage of the extensive financial cloud that has been designed and built-out to provide; a) The Sell-side access and quality order flow from a high number of Buy-side networks and b) The Buy-side access to the top brokers on a global scale.

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Technology in the Capital Markets industry is in a transitional phase. Hyperscale technologies are disrupting global industries, challenging the efficiency, agility and scalability of deployed systems throughout the entire technology stack. Taking advantage is not easy, a set of solutions is needed that can enable interoperability with this disruptive, growing technical landscape, without uprooting what is being relied upon today.

 

Introducing F-I-X, a secure platform designed and built for the Trading Community. Primed for disruption, the platform offers its users instant Cloud presence and access to a broad range of value creating Cloud Enabled Business Solutions provided by CapitalMarkets.Technology and its strategic partners.

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F-I-X is underpinned by CM.T’s strong enterprise grade, low-code/no-code FIX technology. It supports a significant number of value adding Apps in buy- to sell-side order flow related areas such as Client Connectivity, Message Routing, Low-touch Technology, Hi-touch Applications and Venue Connectivity. For Inter-operation & intelligence, further Apps can be paired for Real-time Data Analytics, Dashboards, powerful REST APIs and enterprise grade BI capabilities. Trade Compliance and Trade Surveillance solutions complete the offering, while in-house built and 3rd Party vended applications are optionally supported.

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In addition to its SaaS solutions and managed services, CMT offers onboarding and certification services, professional services, testing and testing automation services on a global scale.

CMT’s staff has vast experience with working with some of the world’s largest Financial Services Organizations in this regard.

If you would like to learn more about how CMT can help your business and its projects please contact us:

CM.T is on a mission to disrupt the technology value chain for buy- to sell-side trade flow across all major asset classes. At the core of CM.T’s offering is F-I-X, an Institutional, B2B SaaS connectivity platform empowering trading communities through innovative services and a hybrid cloud technology base.

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