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WatersTechnology: HPR Preps Market Data Entry with Databot


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This fall, Needham, Mass.-based HPR (formerly known as Hyannis Port Research) will roll out a new appliance for market data distribution, Databot, delivered initially as part of its part of its Omnibot switch, for latency-sensitive trading firms to manage their market data flows.

The offering—which is already in beta with a current client that is an ultra-low latency trading firm—will be available via a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) or via a software-based cloud solution. HPR will first go to market with the FPGA implementation within Omnibot. But, because Databot is built into Omnibot, which also serves as a router and pre-trade risk gateway, firms will eventually be able to purchase a software-based version of the appliance.

HPR has traditionally been laser focused on the ultra-low latency, pre-trade risk, and market-access gateway spaces. In recent years, though, it has looked to expand its suite of solutions to provide something more akin to a one-stop-shop environment for a wider array of users. This move into the market data arena is the latest representation of that philosophical shift.

“Historically, we haven’t been that interested in the data market because it’s been a crowded vendor space,” says Tony Amicangioli, founder and CEO of HPR. “We now believe, though, that by providing leading performance and the completeness [of a service], it will allow our clients to achieve better performance, reliability, and efficiency.”

Built into Databot is A-B line arbitration, which allows a firm to switch between incoming datafeeds in the event of a disturbance in data transmission via, say, a microwave beam or fiber-optic cable. Other features include data normalization between exchanges like NYSE, Nasdaq, and Cboe, as well as book-building capabilities to track trade book logic for clients, and multi-feed aggregation of multiple global exchanges to create a single view of market activity.

While HPR already had the A-B line and data normalization capabilities built, as they are part of the vendor’s Riskbot for pre-trade risk offering, the book-building and multi-feed aggregation hardware components are still in testing. Once those are completed—which is expected to happen in Q3 or Q4—HPR will officially begin to roll out Databot to the wider trading community, Amicangioli says.

“The key to our offering is its completeness and flexibility, along with the performance and power that we get from the Omnibot switch, which puts us in an industry-leading position as it relates to latency and the amount of information we can deliver to the end users,” he says.

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