Network responsiveness is an essential priority for all enterprises and in particular for high-frequency trading environments. To help enterprises manage ultra-low latency transactions, we are working diligently to smoothly integrate the Exablaze engineering team into the Cisco data center organization. Exablaze, based in Sydney Australia, is now fully part of Cisco and the development team continues to focus on innovative solutions for low-latency data center applications and high-precision timestamping solutions.

With the resources of Cisco’s global development, support, and sales teams, Exablaze products, such as the Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)-powered NIC and ultra-low latency switches will address the needs of latency-sensitive applications not just in the high-frequency trading space but also offer interesting design and monitoring options for new AI/ML cloud services, 5G telecommunications infrastructure, and defense applications. Exablaze’s ExaNIC and FPGA Firmware Development Kit uniquely offers customers the ability to optimize their application without compromising performance. Cisco and Exablaze will continue to develop and support the ExaNIC and FPGA FDK products that our customers rely on for their critical operations.

Innovations at Exablaze Continue to Receive Industry Recognition

Even as the combined engineering teams continue to execute on the Exablaze roadmap and work to integrate Exablaze technology into Cisco data center switches, existing Exablaze products are receiving awards for best in class innovations. Recently, TradingTech Insight Awards–Europe 2020 bestowed Exablaze with the Best Time-Stamping/Latency Measurement System award for the ExaLINK HPT switch.

The HPT switching and NIC products provide the ability to tap, aggregate, and monitor networks with 70ps precision timestamps and 32GB deep buffers. The ExaLINK Fusion HPT is built on the ExaLINK Fusion Layer 1 matrix switch platform and provides support for features such as tapping for logging, patching for failover, and packet counters and signal quality statistics for quality of service monitoring.

The TradingTech Insight Award recognizes the sustained efforts and success of the Exablaze team to continuously improve and innovate to benefit customers. The ExaLINK Fusion HPT is the highest precision, highest port density, and highest buffer capacity network monitoring and timestamping solution available. As financial companies are highly dependent on speed and accuracy of financial data, having real-time, high-precision measurement embedded into the network is of critical value and importance.

The Future is Fast with Cisco and Exablaze Integration

Exablaze technology complements Cisco’s networking portfolio and will be a key element in the delivery of next-generation platforms for low-latency applications. Cisco’s existing investments in data center ASIC and FPGA-based platforms is at the heart of our Intent-Based Networking strategy, enabling networking and security at scale, powered by analytics. Cisco and Exablaze address enterprises’ increasing need for performance-optimized bandwidth with next generation switching platforms and network interface cards. 

For more information, visit Cisco Exablaze acquisition page; and read Exablaze posts Cisco and Exablaze are One Company! and Best Time-Stamping/Latency Measurement System awarded to Exablaze by TradingTech Insight


Thomas Scheibe

Vice President, Product Management

Cloud Networking