March 16, 2011 – Solace Systems and Arista Networks said they intend to work together to deliver a "monitoring agent" that collects and delivers data on the speed of transmission of financial messages in real time.

Solace, which is a supplier of "purpose-built" hardware, and Arista, which provides "cloud" services to large data center operations, intend to aggregate data from Solace's middleware monitoring framework and Arista's Latency Analyzer service.

The result will be consolidated operational data that is intended to help technology departments increase the availability and performance of high-speed messaging systems.

The analysis of hardware and software used in delivering messages is intended for use in application such as algorithmic trading, smart order routing, and exchange trade crossing. Such operations require consistent speed, even during network disruptions and traffic spikes.

The Solace software agent will work on Arista switches, where it can receive detailed statistics and congestion alerts, and publishes that information to the Solace management environment or third-party latency monitoring products.

This story originally appeared in Securities Technology Monitor.

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