Ottawa-based middleware provider Solace Systems and TS-Associates, a provider of middleware monitoring solutions, have integrated their appliances at the request of several of Solace's customers in the financial services sector, including a large multinational bank, both companies said today.

TS-Associates' monitoring appliance, called TipOff, which measures and optimizes latency in high-performance messaging infrastructures, will support Solace's Unified Messaging Platform.

The TipOff solution will capture Solace packet traffic, measuring latency from the point where applications such as market data feeds, feed handlers and algorithmic trading engines handoff data to or from the Solace appliance, and throughout the Solace routing fabric.

"Integrating this capability into TipOff appliances allows Solace customers to be able to pinpoint all the sources of end-to-end latency and take action to reduce it through TipOff's latency root cause and middleware diagnostic capabilities," according to both companies.

"Solace Systems has become a popular technology provider in the financial services sector, and we are increasingly seeing their gear in customer datacenters," said Henry Young, director of product development at London-based TS-Associates. "We are pleased to integrate TipOff with Solace, providing non-invasive monitoring of all Solace middleware stack layers and precise data flow latency monitoring to our customers."

Shawn McAllister, CTO at Solace Systems, noted that "with latency and uptime both critical to financial firms, the after-the-fact or limited insight provided by software is unacceptable."

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