Colt significantly reduces Tokyo to London network latency

Faster connectivity for financial organisations and enterprises Tokyo, 12 December 2017 – Colt Technology Services today announced it has substantially reduced latency between Tokyo to London financial centres, to less than 159 milliseconds. This network optimisation is part of Colt’s ongoing investment programme in the Colt IQ Network, addressing specific requirements of financial firms and enterprises. The improved latency strongly supports trading strategies that rely on low latency infrastructure to better support investment banks, high frequency trading (HFT) firms, FX related applications, and other financial organisations. Further, it provides enterprises a consolidated services approach whereby they have one supplier for all their network requirements. Andrew Housden, VP, Capital Markets at Colt, commented: “We are committed to providing global financial firms with a very fast and reliable network infrastructure together with superior customer experience. This is why we are investing heavily in low latency connectivity between the key financial centres and exchanges in Asia, Europe and North America. This year, we have announced improved latency on our Chicago to Tokyo network route and key APAC routes. We are now focusing on the Tokyo to London route. Firms are increasingly using their network to gain a competitive advantage and the Colt IQ Network provides a consistently high experience across all regions.” Earlier this…


Webinar: Voice On Demand for resellers

Revolutionise your Voice Services with Voice on Demand A successful customer service operation boosts customer satisfaction, increases loyalty and delivers on expectations; and your customers communicate with their end customers in a multitude of ways but voice is still the most vital channel. Expanding on our comprehensive voice reseller portfolio, our new Voice On Demand portal allows you to take full control of our voice services providing a centralised portal to manage and order IN numbers. Register today for our webinar where you will learn how the Voice on Demand Portal allows you to: Manage and deliver a variety of IN number types to your customers Manage your services in near real time in line with your customer’s dynamic business demands Access our B2B interface Cocom to facilitate end customer billing Easily expand to new countries with our regulatory compliant voice services. Featured Speakers: James Bonser, UK&IE Wholesale Sales Director Tim Cook, Voice Sales Specialist Director Register Here Blog – Colt


The Bike Ride blogs series: Paul Stanley

Welcome to the second #BikeRide2017 blog! It’s nudging ever closer to the ride from Barcelona to Valencia, to celebrate here’s a quick interview with one of Colt’s most seasoned riders Paul Stanley. Paul has been with Colt (and its acquired Asia entity KVH) for eight years. Paul is currently Regional Director based in Hong Kong, having worked in both sales roles in Tokyo Japan, Chicago USA and product roles in London UK. Paul has a degree in Politics, Economics and Philosophy and is a keen cyclist and triathlete, having competed most recently in Ironman Vietnam 70.3 and competed in the US national triathlon championships in Milwaukee. Paul has participated in the last two Colt Charity bikes rides Frankfurt to Zurich and Marseille to Barcelona. With colleagues from the Colt Japan office, Paul recently rode the suggested 2020 Olympic route which included 50km ascent and descent up Mount Fuji. What’s your favourite thing about the ride? The camaraderie is fantastic, whatever your level, however you feel, you will find someone and some team that suits your riding capabilities. Taking 100 people out of their work clothes, putting them in the same lycra outfits, on a bike, on a road, all watching out for each other puts everyone on the same level.…


Dear enterprises; you’re running out of time

A recent Computing survey found that one third of UK businesses have no digital transformation strategy. Frankly, this research is worrying, to say the least, because enterprises need to embrace digital transformation to protect themselves from disruptors that have gone on to change the very industries that gave rise to them in the first place. AirBnB, Uber and Netflix to name just a few have ensured their place in history by disrupting industries in ways that many thought impossible. In their wake, they’ve left countless casualties. They say hindsight is 20/20, but we can always learn from the mistakes of those who have failed to embrace digital transformation. Kodak, once the largest camera manufacturer in the world was almost entirely displaced by digital photography because they rested on their laurels and failed to adopt new technology. But that’s an old story now. Today digital transformation can appear in much more subtle ways, the shift to the cloud, for instance. Just last week, Mary Meeker the influential internet guru who publishes the annual Internet Trends report, said: “Cloud adoption is reaching new heights and creating new opportunities.” Cloud zealous businesses are able to gain an edge over their traditional competitors through access to capabilities, processes and functions such as data mining…


Join Colt at the FISD Technology Forum

Colt’s Julie Hutchinson will be moderating a panel again. He is focusing on ‘Market Data Technology 2.0 – the customers’ perspective’ as part of the FISD Technology Forum in New York. The event will take place on April 27th at the Morgan Stanley offices. The panel will be  taking place from 4:00 – 4:45pm. It will explore firms’ perspectives on the evolution of market data technology and include representatives from RBC Capital Markets, PVE Consulting, JP Morgan and Citi. It will also explore how the Cloud, Big Data, AI and a newer breed of providers are shaking the foundations of the longstanding IT infrastructure that underpins deployed market data systems. Evolution or revolution – what does Market Data Technology version 2.0 look like.  And how are the problems of 2017 different from those in 1997 or even those from 1987? What do customers want going forwards and what are they being offered? A licensed market data vendor since integrating MarketPrizm, Colt offers market data feeds for major European, Asian and North American markets. Carrying more than 50 feeds from exchanges and liquidity venues for equities, derivatives, commodities and FX, Colt delivers market data at consistently low latencies even during periods of volatility. To find out more, please contact colt@capitalmarkets.net The post…


hhpberlin case study

  Enabling Fire in the Cloud hhpberlin is a globally acclaimed engineering firm offering fire protection services. Their challenge was to offer secure, complex fire simulations in the cloud without using the public internet. Colt provided secure, private connectivity known as Dedicated Cloud Acesss, to connect them to Microsoft Azure. hhpberlin was founded in 2000 with 10 employees, Today it leads the European fire protection market and employs over 180 people and continues to grow rapidly. hhpberlin is convicned that this growth was made possible by collaborating with Colt and with Microsoft.   Stefan Truthaen, CEO, hhpberlin: We’re very pleased with the customer service, infrastructure and expertise of Colt, and we’re moving our entire organizational structure to the cloud. Dedicated Cloud Access is the last piece of the puzzle and has enabled us to move completely off-premise.       Download the full case study colt_case-study_hhpberlin_en   The post hhpberlin case study appeared first on Colt Blog – Colt


The case for a wider shared SDN ecosystem

With each advancement of technology customers become ever more demanding. Network services customers want a flexible bandwidth profile capable of meeting the demands of continually changing traffic profiles caused by offshored cloud applications. And they want a globalised WAN service to complement it. But current SDN deployments are missing a piece of the puzzle, the ability to easily provision services on network that is not owned by the service provider. SDN based network management is the key to both flexibility and globalisation but there is no service provider with a complete global reach. This limits the potential benefits of SDN deployments with the end user only being able to quickly provision network along the host carrier’s infrastructure. And where it may be possible, scalability and the ability to tailor the speed of a new connection is often very difficult if not impossible. As SDN gains traction and more use cases, end users are going to demand greater reach as demand grows. In fact, at Colt we already have customers asking about the reach of our on demand services, but the response is somewhat limited due to complicated network-to-network interfaces (NNIs) industry wide. Current NNIs tend to be bespoke solutions, meaning they are both expensive and take a long time to…


What really is SD-WAN? Everything you need to know

It’s no secret that most enterprise IT managers and CIOs hate their wide area network. The WAN is typically an expensive, administrative nightmare, with lead times for bandwidth running into months. But over the last year or two, a technology has emerged that represents a more simplified and cost effective way to WAN. And while it doesn’t act as a silver bullet for all your wide area networking problems, it does address some of the biggest pain points well. In fact, SD-WAN—the SD stands for Software Defined—has arrived so quickly it has somewhat caught the industry off guard! Such is the demand for a tool as compelling as this. Predictions from Gartner suggest that by the end of 2019, 30% of enterprises will have deployed SD-WAN technology in their branches, up from less than 1% in 2015. What SD-WAN enables is a true hybrid WAN. With more and more enterprise applications moving into the internet, businesses are adding more commodity internet into the traditional WAN mix to better balance network performance and price. The result is increased overheads in terms of network management, configuration and orchestration. Until now. SD-WAN reduces the level of expertise required to configure the branch to what Gartner claims is the equivalent of “setting up a…


MCO Europe: extreme data storage

Fast, high-capacity storage to meet MiFID II reporting and other big data needs When MiFID II comes into effect in 2018, capital markets participants will need to comply with extensive data retention requirements. As well as being able to store the data, firms will need the ability to report quickly on their transactions against multiple file types. McObject’s eXtremeDB® Financial Edition will simplify the task. An ultra-high-speed data processing engine, it’s been optimised to help financial institutions meet the challenge of managing and analysing large quantities of real-time and historical data at very high speeds. Tests show it to be more than capable of storing datasets of up to 40TB. It has also set records in the independent STAC-M3 Kanaga Benchmark for analysis of large volumes of historical market data. MCO Europe is the exclusive European distributor for eXtremeDB® Financial Edition, providing consultancy, implementation, development and support. MCO Europe’s specialists work with clients to understand their specific performance requirements and optimise the deployment — whether in preparation for MiFID II, or to meet other big data needs as efficiently as possible. This may involve locating the engine close to market data for rapid global access, or locating multiple instances around the world for efficient data collection. “McObject’s eXtremeDB® Financial Edition…


UCaaS security flying high in the cloud

Security is a perennial bugbear. One of those topics nobody likes talking about but everybody has to, especially when it drifts into largely unchartered territory – such as a cloud environment. But with cloud becoming the obvious choice for enterprise application delivery, the as-a-service model also seems natural to apply to Unified Communications (UC). There’s no shortage of research that will tell you how rapidly UC is set to be adopted: something like 56 per cent of enterprises and 66 per cent of SMEs plan to implement or upgrade UC within the next year, but there is still some trepidation, and much of it is around security. You might consider that these concerns come from the ‘old guard’, those who are reluctant to embrace new technology, as the adoption of UC is being driven by Millennials, eager to use the high end consumer devices they are familiar with in a work environment. But Millennials will also make up almost half of the global workforce within the next five years, so business has to move with the times. Depending on the size of the organisation, the top concerns around UC are either security or cost. For organisations larger than 1,000 employees, security is the top concern, according to IDG’s Unified Communications…