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Sidera Switches Low-Latency Service

Carol Wilson
4/29/2011

Sidera Networks Inc. announced Thursday that it's offering switched Ethernet services on its Sidera Xtreme Network, an ultra-low-latency network designed for financial services companies in the New York/New Jersey area. (See Sidera Adds ROADMs to Low-Latency Service.)

Sidera, formerly known as RCN Metro Optical Networks, is deploying additional reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexers (ROADMs) and low-latency switches to enable lower-speed services options and reduce the optical-electrical-optical conversions previously associated with traffic between its fiber-optic rings.

Xtreme was launched with connections directly into nine locations, including key exchanges and data centers for the financial services industry. With expansion to 18 sites and the enhancement of Ethernet switching, Sidera is able to offer its SLAs and committed low-latency service to additional locations, says Matt Hogan, the company's director of systems engineering for financial enterprise markets.

Sidera next plans to link its low-latency network in New York/New Jersey with its low-latency network in Chicago, says Maura Mahoney, vice president of marketing and business development, and to begin addressing other market verticals that need ultra-low latency, starting with health care.

Why this matters
Telecom service providers are increasingly tailoring their high-speed data services to specific market segments, and financial services sector is a key target for low-latency offers. Everyone wants to serve that sector, it seems, so Sidera is stepping up its game in this area. Xtreme thus far serves 60 financial services players in New York and New Jersey.

For more
Here's more on Sidera's network enhancements.



— Carol Wilson, Chief Editor, Events, Light Reading

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