Require high performance and application acceleration? Meet the new QFX5100-AA Switch
Apr 6, 2015
The Financial Services Industry (FSI) is on the cusp of a big wave of changes, driven by trends such as heuristic processing of real-time social media feeds for market sentiment, analytics-based decision making, credit risk analysis, and digitized banking. Before financial organizations can capitalize on the opportunities affected by these trends, a fundamental architectural shift is required—one that rethinks compute element distribution and how applications are delivered in the data center, regardless of whether these institutions are in capital markets, banking, or insurance.
Move Over, Latency
Before exploring what this architectural shift will look like, let’s first take a look at a few data points:
For the first time in 15 years, the NASDAQ composite index hit the 5,000 mark in 2015
The number of peak messages per second grew from 4 million in 1st quarter 2010 to 9.6 million in the 4th quarter 2014 (source: OPRA)
The total number of peak transactions per day has risen from 9 billion in 1Q2010 vs 15.2 billion in 4Q2014 (Ibid)
Financial services organizations spent $6.57 billion (USD) on credit analysis software and IT services for credit risk management in 2014 (source: IDC)
These data points which indicate growing market volatility, the globalization of market information, and a rising dependence on big data-type analytics—are driving a slew of new requirements. While lowering latency, especially in capital markets, is one of those requirements, it has become a microcosm of the larger need and is well on its way to becoming table stakes. What is even more critical to ongoing financial business success is a scalable, high-performance data center network infrastructure that enables business transformation.
Hello, High Performance and Application Acceleration
Enter the new QFX5100 Application Acceleration switch (QFX5100-AA), a 40GbE data center switch featuring an optional add-on Packet Flow Accelerator (QFX-PFA) module. Working together, QFX5100-AA and the QFX-PFA are fundamentally changing how financial services organizations—and other industries such as oil, natural gas and biotech research—distribute their business-critical, compute-intensive environments, wielding technology as a differentiator to outperform competition.
The combination of the QFX5100-AA switch and QFX-PFA module will enable this by:
Integrating compute with networking—virtual machines native to the switch and a programmable Altera Stratix V 320G FPGA on the PFA module.
Two level application delivery via both network-centric applications hosted on the virtual machines and by offloading business-critical applications to the FPGA on the PFA module for accelerated real-time processing.
Innovative hardware design, which brings together powerful compute, FPGA-based application acceleration and networking in a small 1U form factor, providing high performance, scale, application delivery, and operational simplicity.
Innovation and Operations: Two Peas in a Pod
The combination of the QFX5100-AA switch and QFX-PFA module enables agility and innovation; applications running on the FPGA are capable of processing staggeringly high volumes of data directly on the network consistently, predictably and in real time. Simplified FPGA programming environments result in quicker response to market changes. At the same time, the switch and PFA minimize complexity and costs while delivering on automation capabilities and reliability.