Juniper Puts Compute Power Into Networks for Financial Services
The vendor's new switch and accelerator module use Altera FPGAs to help create distributed environments for better app analytics and latency.Juniper Networks is putting more compute capabilities into its networking hardware to help financial services institutions accelerate their business-critical applications while reducing the latency in their environments. The networking vendor in the third quarter will launch the QFX5100-AA switch and QFX-PFA accelerator module, which will enable users to distribute more compute capabilities across the network infrastructure and leverage Intel's x86 Xeon server processors, Broadcom's switching silicon and Altera's field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to significantly improve the performance of applications used for data and social media feeds as well as execution routing and big data analytics. Financial services institutions will be able to more quickly make real-time decisions in a space that features rapidly changing business opportunities. "High-frequency trading is declining and may soon go the way of the Merchants of Venice," Andrew Bach, chief architect for Juniper's financial services team, wrote in a Feb. 24 post on the company blog, foreshadowing the QFX5100-AA and QFX-PFA hardware. "The new advantage comes from the ability to analyze breaking news and social media sentiment in real time and make trades based on a broad base of instantaneous information. Miss the increasingly narrow window—and miss the market."
Juniper officials call the trend "hyper-contextual trading," which means organizations must be able to quickly analyze market data, news and social media before making decisions, and the amount of data that must be analyzed continues to grow—as many as a billion messages a second, Bach wrote. The demands call for more distributed computing that focuses less on zero latency.