Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 Series: National Stock Exchange Skates to Peak Performance

The way for an electronic stock exchange to stand out in a crowded marketplace is with its trading platform—which is something you only migrate to a new processor architecture when the performance advantages are just too compelling to resist.

That's what happened for National Stock Exchange, Inc. (NSX). When it premiered its NSX BLADE* trading platform in 2006, the platform ran on non-Intel-based infrastructure. Now NSX is shifting to the Intel® Xeon® processor 5570 because the performance was impossible to resist. By its own estimate, NSX is gaining end-to-end speed-ups of 20 percent to 25 percent and higher. It can also handle more customers, higher trade volumes, and steeper peaks of market activity. Plus, the new infrastructure reduces floor space requirements and mitigates power constraints, enabling NSX to cut overhead costs and generate savings for customers while continuing to expand its business.

“We are experiencing significant benefits in performance, uptime, stability, and headroom that will enable NSX to continue to be the most innovative exchange from a service availability perspective and the exchange with the lowest latency,” explains Saro Jahani, chief information officer for NSX.

For the whole story, read our new NSX case study. As always, you can find this one, and many more, in the Reference Room and IT Center.