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ICE Launches Plug-and-Play Connectivity to Managed Data Feed in Taiwan

Intercontinental Exchange | July 28, 2022 | Read time : 03:00 min

Intercontinental Exchange
Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. , a leading global provider of data, technology and market infrastructure, today announced it has expanded data delivery capabilities in the Asia Pacific region with the launch of a resilient, multi-tenant and fully managed datafeed access center in Taiwan, called ICE Shared Farm.

This new multi-tenant service offers a ‘managed’ experience for customers using ICE’s hosted and managed environments. It removes the need for dedicated market data infrastructure and equipment, and allows customers to easily ‘connect in’ to receive low-latency, real-time market data via cross-connects or local leased lines, which may significantly reduce connectivity costs.

“Taiwan is a key market for ICE and this new zero-footprint datafeed solution allows us to provide both lower latency and more efficient access to our customers in the region. “Our global connectivity infrastructure, which includes ultra-low-latency wireless options in many areas, provides flexible options for customers in Asia. And when combined with our Consolidated Feed, we’re able to offer a robust suite of managed services alongside global data and analytics.”

Magnus Cattan, Head of ICE Fixed Income and Data Services in APAC

ICE Shared Farm leverages the ICE Consolidated Feed, which aggregates cross-asset content from over 600 global sources, including exchanges and over-the-counter venues. Used by a range of banks, asset managers, hedge funds and ISVs, the Consolidated Feed provides a broad range of financial information across equities, derivatives, fixed income, foreign exchange, money markets, commodities, energy and ETFs. Data from these markets can be provided in a variety of ways, including real-time or delayed, tick-by-tick or conflated, and conflation can be turned on and controlled at the application level, and can be set as internalized, trade-safe or just-in-time conflated.

About Intercontinental Exchange
Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company that designs, builds and operates digital networks to connect people to opportunity. We provide financial technology and data services across major asset classes that offer our customers access to mission-critical workflow tools that increase transparency and operational efficiencies. We operate exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange, and clearing houses that help people invest, raise capital and manage risk across multiple asset classes. Our comprehensive fixed income data services and execution capabilities provide information, analytics and platforms that help our customers capitalize on opportunities and operate more efficiently. At ICE Mortgage Technology, we are transforming and digitizing the U.S. residential mortgage process, from consumer engagement through loan registration. Together, we transform, streamline and automate industries to connect our customers to opportunity.

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hot topic for consumers and infosec professionals alike. Our experts have commented about the cybersecurity threats that are on the rise due to the proliferation of IoT devices — but that is certainly not halting the adoption and implementation of these products. As more and more devices are activated and begin accessing personal and corporate data and systems, it's important to understand the implications of installing and using these products. The following Q&A and checklist give technology users a better awareness of the different types of IoT devices that are available in the marketplace, as well as the steps that should be taken to improve IoT security as adoption of these devices grows.

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Service Express | July 05, 2022

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InfraCloud's BotKube - a popular ChatOps platform for Kubernetes troubleshooting acquired by Kubeshop

InfraCloud Technologies | July 08, 2022

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Fluree and ZettaLabs Announce Merger to Serve Enterprises Seeking Data-Centric Architecture and Legacy Data Infrastructure Modernization

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Fluree, a company headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which has developed a distributed ledger graph database platform, and New Jersey-based ZettaLabs, a business that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to prepare raw data for analytics use, today announced the merger of the two companies. The combination of Fluree and ZettaLabs will enable Fluree to expand its offerings beyond its established expertise of working with “green-field,” new data-centric initiatives that encompass bleeding-edge innovation. With ZettaLabs now part of Fluree, the company possesses the prowess to tackle enterprise legacy data architectures and take the first steps toward modernization. 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Fluree Sense makes data in existing legacy databases, data warehouses and data lakes ready for downstream enterprise consumption and sharing, whether in analytic repositories like Snowflake or Databricks, or Fluree’s immutable knowledge graph database. “We developed our flagship product, ZettaSense, to ingest, classify, resolve and cleanse big data coming from a variety of sources. who will become Fluree’s president. “The problem is that the underlying data technical architecture -- with multiple operational data stores, warehouses and lakes, now spreading out across multiple clouds -- is continuing to grow in complexity. Now with Fluree, our shared customer base and any new customers can evolve to a modern and elegant data-centric infrastructure that will allow them to more efficiently and effectively share cleansed data both inside and outside its organizational borders." 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