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Simplify Your Web Application Performance Monitoring

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/simplify-your-web-application-performance-monitoring-and-deliver-3-immediate-benefits

It's an obvious point but worth stating: the performance of any customer web port and associated hosted applications is crucial to retaining and expanding the customer base. However, most providers don’t actually know the current performance being experienced by their customers. The service is t…

Linked Data Analysis of Trading Activity with Corvil and Sqrrl

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/linked-data-analysis-of-trading-activity-with-corvil-and-sqrrl

Activity in a large electronic trading firm usually encompasses multiple trading strategies and systems, buying and selling different securities on different external markets. A typical trading day will see many orders placed by traders and/or clients, generating multiple trades. The activity is…

The Wire Don’t Lie and Other Truths About Network Data

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/the-wire-dont-lie-truths-about-network-data

Recently we had the privilege of having one of our clients, a Head of Infrastructure of a Tier 1 Global Bank, come talk with us at a Corvil offsite. He talked with us about the everyday problems and large scale challenges he faces as Head of Infrastructure, and his insights were fascinating. But…

Stream Processing Vs Continuous Packet Capture: Why not both?

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/stream-processing-vs-continuous-packet-capture-why-not-both

Like so many other areas of modern life, the world of IT operations both depends on and is powered by data. There are myriad sources of data that can be harnessed to provide visibility into and control of IT infrastructure but, at a high level, there are three broad classes. There's log data, as…

Why you should care about the democratization of Network Data

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/democratization-importance-network-data

Forbes recently published an article on the Age of Data Democratization, a piece about the inexorable spread of easily consumable data tools throughout organisations. One thing stood out to me - or rather, the absence of one thing: there was no mention of Network Data. This was more than a little…

How to Index Petabytes of Data Daily

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/how-to-index-petabytes-data-daily

We were recently asked to estimate how much data Corvil analyzes daily, across all our customers, and it came out at about 8 petabytes. A single Corvil appliance, flat out, can happily analyze several terabytes per hour. Contrast that with guidance from Splunk, which estimates a single server can…

Fix the Slowness... FAST!

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/fix-the-slowness-fast

We all know the story: the phone rings, you answer, and some manager is screaming at you. Customers are complaining about slow performance on the company’s Ecommerce application – this could be making a purchase, updating account information, etc. It’s affecting revenue and brand reputation and the manag…

Towards a Culture of Data: The Elevation of the IT Department

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/towards-a-culture-of-data-the-elevation-of-the-it-department

This piece originally ran in the 4th FinTech Capital, December 1, 2014, available for download here. You’ve heard the common advice for instilling a data-centric culture: start at the top with executives who are passionate and visionary about how data can affect their bottom line; make sure data is a…

The End of the Beginning for Traditional IT Operations Monitoring?

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/the-end-of-the-beginning-for-traditional-it-operations-monitoring

In 1942, Winston Churchill uttered these famous words in a speech in London: ”Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” The immediate reasons for Churchill to make this claim are not so important for our purpose – suffice it to sa…

Authoritative Real-Time Insight for Complex IT Systems

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I once spent a week working with an electronic trading firm in the City of London, helping them to integrate some new technology into their trading platform. Perhaps the term 'electronic trading' brings to mind an image of an orderly, sterile environment where computing experts calmly monitor…

Rise Conference 2015: Big Data Won’t Help Us With Creativity or Innovation

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/big-data-network-data-creativity-rise-conference-2015

CTO and Co-founder Raymond Russell recently spoke at RISE Hong Kong, one of the world’s most influential tech conferences. He spoke as part of a panel moderated by Bloomberg’s Tim Culpan, and was joined by Linda Jiang, Vice President of Umeng, and Suresh Shankar, Founder of Crayon Data. There is an unq…

LinkedIn Data Breach: Did you get the email?

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/linkedin-data-breach-did-you-get-the-email

So, this week, I got an email in my inbox with the following text, and I’m pretty certain several of you may have also got the email. Now, as they’ve stated, this is not a new breach. It resurfaced in the headlines last week when it was discovered that more data from the 2012 breach was now ava…

One Man (or Message) Can Make a Difference

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Wire Data Analytics Implicit in Gartner’s View of the Future of Business Transaction Performance and Visibility. “One man (or message) can make a difference.” Reminiscent of the premise of the 1980s television series, Knight Rider, in which David Hasselhoff partnered with an artificially intel…

Take Your Head Out of the Clouds When It Comes to Safeguarding Your Business

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/take-your-head-out-of-the-clouds-when-it-comes-to-safeguarding-your-business

I’m excited to be at Cisco Live! this week where, not surprisingly, one of the themes is how our increasingly hyper-connected world and appetite for data is driving IP traffic volumes exponentially upward. Cisco predicts an almost threefold increase in Global IP traffic over the next 5 years. Most o…

Accurate Data: Dreams Do Come True

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/accurate-data-dreams-do-come-true

Prior to my sales role at Corvil, I supported trading desks. This meant way too many experiences with inefficient trading technology systems and bad data, which in turn led to many late nights and uncomfortable conversations with the business side. I interacted daily with salespeople and traders,…

CTO Raymond Russell on America’s Big Data Obesity Problem

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/cto-raymond-russell-americas-big-data-obesity-problem

This piece originally appeared on Information Management. Click here to read the whole piece. Corvil CTO and Co-founder Raymond Russell recently published a piece in Information Management, where he discussed the issues surrounding enterprise’s inefficient approach to data centers. Find an excerpt o…

Corvil Talking Network Data Analysis at NYC STAC Summit

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-talking-network-data-analysis-at-nyc-stac-summit

I had a chance to hear our CTO Raymond Russell in a panel discussion on the changes in packet capture and network data analysis at NYC STAC Summit. One of the key points made was that while most trading firms and exchanges are doing packet capture to some extent, the use of the captured data is…

Accurate Timestamps for Electronic Trading Are a Must

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/accurate-timestamps-for-electronic-trading-are-a-must

Originally published on WallStreet & Technology A debate has emerged with the SEC on the need to collect timestamps on multi-party electronic trading data. But what is sufficiently accurate? Is it seconds, milliseconds, microseconds, or nanoseconds? I recently read Simon Sinek's book Start With…

Timestamping is Taking Off in Switches and Aggregation Taps

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/timestamping-is-taking-off-in-switches-and-aggregation-taps

Gathering timestamped network data for monitoring and analysis is becoming popular. The ability to timestamp packets as they are copied for analysis first began to appear in packet-broker/aggregation tap products in early 2012. Since then it has been rolled out by many of the big-name vendors in…

Boosting ROI with Better Network Data - Part 1

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/boosting-roi-with-better-network-data

Mike Vallas, Solution Architect at IXIA, and Bruce Eckland, Corvil’s Sales Engineering Director answer questions raised during a joint webinar discussing ways to boost the ROI of your tools with better network data. Attendee Question: There are significant costs associated with network taps, n…

Time to Turn on the Lights: Effectiveness Starts with Security Visibility

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/visibility-key-cyber-security-rsa-conference

The record number of attendees at the RSA Conference this year were given a stark reminder that effective security remains a massive challenge for almost all companies, despite record high investment in cyber security. Cyber-attackers are ahead in the security arms race. This is apparent from the…

What makes Corvil’s Database Analytics solution different to the others?

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Customer References verified by TechValidate What makes Corvil’s Database Analytics solution different to the others? That’s a question that Corvil is asked quite a lot these days and one which is quite easy to answer! So let’s start with, what is it that the others do? Lots of CIO’s choose the databas…

Data Caps Still Don’t Work, But AT&T Is Moving In the Right Direction

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/data-caps-dont-work-att-moving-right-direction

Last November, I wrote a post about the ineffectiveness of data caps as a means of managing network congestion. When customers on unlimited data plans went over an arbitrarily set limit each month, their data speeds would be cut dramatically (some saw their speeds drop to below a half-megabit per…

Clean Data Unites Business and IT Teams

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/clean-data-unites-business-and-it-teams

In my previous blog I talked about why clean data matters and why we must ensure we have clean data. Clean data is a critical prerequisite before we can jump into using any tool, as any bad data can mean false positives or numerous red herrings that manifest as retransmission, packet drops,…

3 Things You Need to Know About Deep Buffering

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There continues to be a lot of talk in the industry about buffering, deep buffering, and the usefulness and benefits of both. As a primer on the situation, I’ve distilled three of the big things you should know about deep buffering. 1. Buffering is not new - but it is high time for some innovation. B…

The next best action: Is automatic problem resolution and network performance repair really possible?

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/the-next-best-action-is-automatic-problem-resolution-and-network-performance-repair-really-possible

Imagine that you could deliver a brand new application to the business over a complex network without worrying about how well it is performing, or what impact it might have on existing apps that share the same network infrastructure. We’ve all heard of the concept of ‘self-healing networks’: that with …

The Importance of IT Data Analytics in Today's Hyperconnected and Instant World

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/the-importance-of-it-data-analytics-in-today-s-hyperconnected-and-instant-world

The network is the eco-system connecting everything together, carrying content between users, applications and data stores. It contains the authoritative record of all activity, all interactions and all communications from all connected entities in the ecosystem. If you're an online business,…

What have financial regulations got to do with network flow-control?

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/what-have-financial-regulations-got-to-do-with-network-flow-control

A recurring theme you'll have seen in our blog posts is the interaction between the network and the applications running over it. This reflects the fact that some of the most challenging troubleshooting exercises our customers undertake are those that arise from this interaction. These interactions…

Market Factory / Corvil Case Study

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/market-factory-corvil-case-study

The Clients Market Factory supplies low latency feeds of foreign exchange (Forex) data to some of the world’s largest financial institutions. Market Factory also supplies a comprehensive Forex solution that banks can use out-of-the-box instead of having to build out their own system. The second c…

What Your Network Data Says About Your Service Provider

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/tune-in-to-what-your-network-data-says-about-your-service-provider

Corvil's application performance monitoring is driven from network data - making the impact of network problems on the application immediately visible. An important point is that this visibility is not limited to the network that you control, but extends into other networks on which you depend.…

Recap: Kx Community Meetup, NYC

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Hello readers! Andrew Kellner, Corvil Sales Development Representative out of NYC, reporting in. I’ve recently had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Kx Community Meetup in NYC this past February 24, in front of a packed house in Times Square. I joined our CTO Raymond Russell and other members o…

The New Economics for Network Data Analytics: Corvil’s Giga+ Release

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/the-new-economics-for-network-data-analytics-corvils-giga-release

We do believe this is a giant (Giga: from the Greek “gigas”, meaning “giant”) step for Corvil with giant implications for the future of the company and our work in the financial technology sphere - and beyond! We’ve made a host of improvements, but first a giant change in the way that we price our Corvil so…

Corvil wins “Indigenous Irish Company of the Year” award at Inaugural Data Science Awards 2016

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-wins-indigenous-irish-company-of-the-year

As a company that has grown from an academic research project under the guidance of the late Professor John Lewis, we have been deeply immersed in data science and mathematics since our inception in 2000. John believed the application of a mathematically rigorous approach was essential to…

Re-thinking Speed in Financial Markets: Part 4

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/re-thinking-speed-in-financial-markets-part-4

The Need for Machine-Time Data Machine-time data is essential to operate electronic traded markets transparently and fairly. While speed improves price certainty, it also makes it harder to see what is going on. The faster an object travels, the more difficult it is for an observer to make out the…

Four Levels of Application Awareness

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/four-levels-of-application-awareness

The data flowing in your network offers a wealth of insight into what your applications are doing, so it's not surprising that many network monitoring solutions offer some form of application as well as network-layer visibility. The capabilities of 'application-aware network monitoring' systems…

Network Security Monitoring in a Virtualized Data Center

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/monitoring-in-a-virtualized-data-center

Over 70 percent of data centers are attacked each year. At the same time, up to 80 percent of traffic in a virtualized data center never reaches the physical network, where it can be monitored. This means that a substantial part of your data center is hidden from you in a "blind spot" to…

The Future of IT for Financial Markets: Thoughts from the Web Summit

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/the-future-of-it-for-financial-markets-thoughts-from-the-web-summit

Last week some of the brightest minds in tech came together for Dublin’s 4th annual Web Summit. With 22,000 attendees from around the world, the now-massive event serves as proof-positive for Ireland’s status as Europe’s fastest-growing economy and one of the most exciting places to be as a member of th…

Recap: Corvil at MoneyConf and EnterConf

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/corvil-events-moneyconf-enterconf-network-data-analytics

I recently had the chance to attend two fantastic conferences, MoneyConf and EnterConf in beautiful Belfast, Northern Ireland. Conferences are always a great chance to get a view on what all the smartest people in your industry and beyond are thinking about, talking about - and doing! As expected,…

The Second Wave of Network Performance Monitoring: What A Difference 10 Years Can Make

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/second-wave-network-performance-monitoring-npm-future

Recently, my seven-year-old son got to present his Computer Science Project, which he coded by himself, at the Google Headquarters in Dublin. He stood on a podium in front of 30 of his classmates and all of their parents, speaking into a microphone with his Science Project on the screen behind him.…

Corvil at Cisco Live, Recap and Takeaways: It’s Not the Network (Or Is It?)

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-at-cisco-live-recap-and-takeaways-its-not-the-network-or-is-it

Last week at Cisco Live I was reminded of two things: Las Vegas is really hot in the summer and The old mantra of “it’s not the network” is still true today. The t-shirt slogans may be gone, but as we move forward into more business-aware wire data analytics people are still struggling with under…

First Look: Corvil Security Analytics App for Splunk

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/first-look-corvil-security-analytics-app-for-splunk

Last week at Splunk conf. in Orlando, we were excited to provide customers, partners and industry analysts with an exclusive first look at our new Corvil Security Analytics App for Splunk. Few Security Analysts would dispute that the packets flowing on our networks, if mined effectively, can be one…

Have you driven a Corvil Lately?

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/have-you-driven-a-corvil-lately

Today marks an exciting new chapter at Corvil. Today, we take a big step toward realizing our audacious vision to create a world where companies can see, understand and act on their business as it's happening in real-time. We call this running business in the now. You see, we believe that a new…

ITOA Data Prep Has To Get Easier

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/itoa-data-prep-has-to-get-easier

93% of the respondents indicated that their organizations have little to no technology solutions that enable them to truly monitor, analyze and automate business processes enterprise wide (i.e. across all systems). That’s what an eDiscoveryTimes survey of Global 1000 CIOs discovered about ITOA (IT O…

Corvil at HPC for Wall Street: Recap and Takeaways

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-at-hpc-for-wall-street-recap-and-takeaways

I attended some sessions at the HPC for Wall Street - Cloud & Data Centers last week, and I found it interesting that most of the a discussion was about determining how to build or rent the best grid to match a specific business goal. It seems that most of the goals are around squeezing the…

The Purported Evils of Buffering

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/the-purported-evils-of-buffering

The debate about buffering I wrote a few weeks ago about the importance of continuous packet capture in data-driven operations, where complete visibility is vital for performance and security forensics. One strand of discussion that I ventured into briefly was that of architecture, and how…

Data Caps Don't Work: Thoughts for the Future of Cellular Network Congestion

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/data-caps-don-t-work-thoughts-for-the-future-of-cellular-network-congestion

Corvil Chief Scientist & Co-Founder Fergal Toomey recently wrote an article on cellular data caps and network congestion for Wireless Week, a global telecomm trade publication. The article was originally published on Wireless Week on Nov. 20, 2014 and can be viewed here. It has been republished…

Keeping It Private and Confidential

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/keeping-it-private-and-confidential

In May, members of the IETF published RFC 7258 which states that Pervasive Monitoring of Internet communications “is an attack on the privacy of Internet users and organizations”, and that IETF protocols should be designed to mitigate it. Since Corvil provides hardware and software that is used to cap…

2014 in Review: Transformative

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/2014-in-review-transformative

45,000 terabytes of data analyzed. $170 billion worth of trades and transactions monitored. An impressive year, by most standards. Except at Corvil, that's not a year - that's a day. We're excited about the year that we had and we want to share. Corvil's becoming the clear leader for any and all…

How a Transaction-Centric Approach to Application Performance Troubleshooting Will Elevate Network Teams

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/a-transaction-centric-approach-to-application-performance

It is well documented how a performance enterprise (multi-tier data center) application successfully exercised by an end user reflects well on the business (see here.) If you’re in need of a product, say office supplies, and are unable to successfully purchase them on vendor A’s web site, you’ll certa…

What AppOps, DevOps and NetOps are doing with the new Corvil Splunk Add-On

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/appops-devops-netop-use-cases-for-splunk-corvil-add-on

We were delighted last week to release our official Splunk app, which can be installed directly from within Splunk, and is freely available for download from Splunkbase. Corvil introduced Analytics Streams in our Giga release last year, which allow you to take your application visibility, metrics…

Open, Transparent, Connected: OTC Markets Group and Corvil

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/corvil-otc-integration

We’re excited to announce that Corvil will be the network performance and monitoring platform of choice for OTC (Open, Transparent, Connected) Markets Group. Full details of the integration can be found here, but I wanted to remark quickly on some of the larger reasons why I think this partnership i…

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Blind Spots on your Network that Attackers Exploit

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/cyber-security-blind-spots-network-attackers-exploit

In a previous blog, I highlighted the importance of full network visibility for effective Cyber Security. Given that it has unfortunately (but not surprisingly) been another busy few weeks of headline worthy attack activity, it seems timely to now explore some common evasion techniques…

Boosting ROI With Network Data - Part 2

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/ixia-corvil-webinar-roi-network-monitoring-data

Read Part 1 of the Q&A here. Mike Vallas, Solution Architect at IXIA, and Bruce Ecklund, Corvil’s Sales Engineering Director recently hosted a joint webinar discussing ways to boost the ROI of your tools with better network data. Watch the full webinar here. Question: What about monitoring p…

Network Performance Monitoring Past, Present and Future

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/network-performance-monitoring-past-present-future

I spent this week in Ireland getting to know my new teammates. It was a fun and interesting time. Fun – because I had never been to Dublin before, so for the hours that I wasn’t in meetings I was out exploring the city. Interesting – because joining a company that’s been in the network performance managem…

Corvil Launches New Software-Defined Sensor Technology

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/corvil-launches-new-software-defined-sensor-technology

It’s no secret that as organizations leverage cloud infrastructure, this adds to the complexity of IT infrastructure resulting in hybrid physical, virtual and cloud deployments becoming the norm. As this occurs, the network teams responsible for delivery of critical services regardless of the h…

Real-Time IT Data Analytics Continue to Prove Relevancy Enterprise-Wide

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/real-time-it-data-analytics-continue-to-prove-relevancy-enterprise-wide

Today Corvil is pleased to expand our partnership with Finanz Informatik Technologie Service (FITS), Germany’s leading provider of IT services to financial markets. Previously used to optimize the performance and security of FITS’ trading platforms, the Corvil Network Data Analytics platform will now…

Corvil at STAC Summit Chicago: Recap and Takeaways

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-at-stac-summit-chicago-recap-and-takeaways

Thanks for joining Corvil in Chicago for the STAC Summit. Hopefully you got to see CTO Raymond Russell’s presentation Leveraging network data for trading and risk, in which he presented uses cases from firms using network data for not only compliance, risk and security objectives, but for accurate a…

Corvil Recognized as a Visionary in Gartner NPMD MQ 2017 and Receives Top Score in Critical Capabilities Report

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/corvil-recognized-as-a-visionary-in-gartner-npmd-mq-2017

We would like to thank Gartner for recognizing Corvil for the third successive year as a visionary in the rapidly growing Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics market segment. We are also delighted that the Corvil product has once again received the highest total score across all vendors…

Dublin Tech Summit: Recap and Takeaways on the Power of Big Data

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/dublin-tech-summit-recap-and-takeaways-on-the-power-of-big-data

The Dublin Tech Summit has officially wrapped, and we’re so excited to share a few highlights from the conference, including CEO Donal Byrne’s panel! Donal was one of more than 200 speakers who came together from leading companies all over the world to discuss the latest in tech and innovation. If …

Corvil – The Founding Story – Part 1

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/corvil-the-founding-story-part-1

”Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise." ― Horace John Lewis founded Corvil with co-founders that included Ian Dowse, Fergal Toomey and Raymond Russell in 2000. Ian, Fergal and Raymond were all students of John’s in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and later in the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studi…

Detecting Attacks Exploiting The Heartbleed Vulnerability

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/heartbleed

The Heartbleed vulnerability has rightly received a lot of attention over the past few weeks. Security bugs don’t get much worse: undetectable attacks, access to usernames and passwords, disclosure of server private keys, plus the possibility of retrospectively reading captured encrypted network t…

Mathematics Meets Network Data Analytics

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/corvil-trinity-college-school-mathematics-data-analysis

Corvil staff meet up with faculty and students at the Trinity School of Mathematics to launch their new summer studentship initiative. When you’re answering real-world questions using massive volumes of high-speed data, you’ve got to use techniques that are fast, accurate and reliable. App…

Getting More ROI While Network Complexity Rises

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/getting-more-roi-while-network-complexity-rises

One of the things we increasingly hear from clients is that the value of Corvil is in the analytics we provide. They demand that we deliver value in the form of operational dashboards that require minimal user interaction to identify problems. Storage of data for offline, after-the-fact analysis…

Nero to Neurons to Networks: Network Data Analytics Made Easy

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/nero-to-neurons-to-networks-network-data-analytics-made-easy

The ancient Roman emperor Nero gets a bad rap. He’s infamous for allegedly fiddling while Rome burned, and in fact has been accused of starting that fire to clear room for a palace he was building - all in all, not a great move for approval numbers. We have a pretty decent grasp on history because, a…

Troubleshooting: The Next Generation

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/troubleshooting-the-next-generation

One of the hardest things IT Operations has to do is validate application performance degradation. It’s much harder than troubleshooting an availability problem. If something stops working, or there is no connectivity, there are typically two or three places for an engineer to look at to get t…

Catching Ransomware Before It Hurts Your Business

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/catching-ransomware-before-it-hurts-your-business

Ransomware is far from a new phenomenon, but lately has escalated in how wide-reaching it is (yes, Mac users, it can even impact you); how it is being leveraged by cyber attackers as part of broader coordinated activities; how it is readily available “As-a-Service”; and worst of all, how severe its con…

Corvil Proudly Announces the World's Highest Performance Streaming Analytics Solution

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-proudly-announces-the-worlds-highest-performance-streaming-analytics-solution

Today we are extremely excited to announce the Corvil 8400, our new flagship streaming analytics solution and the industry’s first 80Gbps streaming analytics appliance for wire data. With this new appliance, we’ve established an industry leading performance benchmark of 60Gbps sustained L2-L7 str…

Cyber Hunting with DNS

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/cyber-hunting-with-dns

Hunt or be hunted. In today’s cyber universe, there are no two ways about it. The predators on the “dark” side are continuously watching your organization, and probing your networks. In all likelihood, they have already stealthily established a foothold and are waiting to go in for the kill. If your …

Meet Corvil at SplunkConf 2016: Orlando, FL

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It’s that time of year again! The 7th Annual Splunk Conference is quickly approaching, so get ready for three days of data-driven sessions and workshops from the top IT, security, and business professionals in the industry. We’re especially excited for .conf16. as a mega-level sponsor, along with our…

Partner Perspectives: Taming Ransomware with Carbon Black and Corvil Security Analytics

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/partner-perspectives-taming-ransomware-with-carbon-black-and-corvil-security-analytics

This piece first appeared on Carbon Black on 10/28/2016. There are no easy answers to outright address the ransomware challenge. I’m currently attending the FS-ISAC fall summit, which brings together the information security community responsible for the day-in, day-out safeguarding of our f…

Hardware clocks or software timestamps? Using the Right Tool for the Job.

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/timestamping-ptp-and-ntp-what-is-the-right-tool-for-the-job

In my last blog post, I delved into some of the details of how time synchronisation works, looking at the mechanisms that network time protocols such as NTP and PTP use. In particular, I highlighted that a key difference between these two protocols is the hardware assistance that makes PTP capable…

Test driving the new Corvil App Agent

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/test-driving-the-new-corvil-app-agent

At Corvil, we have just recently made the Corvil App Agent generally available for our customers. I took the opportunity to test-drive it and would like to share some of the results. First of all, why did we release the App Agent? Its main purpose is to equip application developers with a…

That's the problem! Or is it?

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/thats-the-problem-or-is-it

Troubleshooting a complex system is hard, and the process often involves following many hunches and false leads before you can identify the real cause of a problem and solve it. When that complex system is a distributed network of systems and applications, even knowing where to start looking is a…

The Twitter firehose? Just a light snack for Corvil.

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/the-twitter-firehose-just-a-light-snack-for-corvil

For the last many years I have been part of an amazing team analysing traffic for, arguably, the most demanding of all E-businesses--the world's trading markets, including the top banks, stock exchanges and service providers. In these extremely demanding environments traffic rates push the limits…

Infographic: Data, the Speed of Light, and You

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/infographic-data-speed-light-you-latency-bandwidth

This infographic and its related essay first appeared on TechCrunch on 11/08/2015. We - humanity, that is - created 4.4 zettabytes of data last year. This is expected to rise to 44 zettabytes by 2020. I didn’t make up the word “zettabytes” - for scale, it is estimated that 42 zettabytes could store all h…

Are you getting the full picture?

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/are-you-getting-the-full-picture

My kids are always telling on each other for some reason or another. And as a fair and just parent, I can’t just go by what is initially presented to me. I need to make sure I get the whole story -- the full picture -- to be able to make the correct judgment and take the correct action, or punish a…

SplunkLive London: Recap and Takeaways

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/splunklive-london-recap-and-takeaways

Last week’s SplunkLive London was another success -- it gave us lots to talk about! Our theme for the event was “Highest Performance Security, VoIP, and Cloud Analytics Appliance” and the event was attended by customers who use Splunk for a wide variety of IT Operations and IT Security inves…

Got bandwidth? Getting what you paid for?

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/got-bandwidth-getting-what-you-paid-for

Last month, the European Commission published a report on the quality of broadband services in the EU. One of the headline findings was that download rates average 76% of advertised speeds. In the US, where such testing has been ongoing by the FCC since 2010, the comparable rates have risen from…

The “Network Up” Approach For High Performance IT Operations Analytics

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/the-network-up-approach-for-high-performance-it-operations-analytics

”When one has finished building one's house, one suddenly realizes that in the process one has learned something that one really needed to know in the worst way - before one began." -Friedrich Nietzsche Electronic trading is unquestionably one of the most demanding and highest performance e…

Machines To Watch The Machines

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/corvil-cto-raymond-russell-cio-review-machines-to-watch-the-machines

This piece was originally published in CIO Review Magazine, in the February 2015 edition. Modern trading systems operate at inhumanly fast speeds, but their behaviour is difficult to predict and manage and, when they fail, they can fail catastrophically. Given the speed, complexity, and…

Corvil and Saxo Bank: No Alternative for Corvil’s Monitoring Power

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/corvil-saxo-bank-partnership-announcement-monitoring

View full release here. I’m happy to say that Corvil is already the go-to solution for most of the world’s largest stock exchanges and banks. Today, I’m especially excited to announce that Corvil has added a new financial institution to their list of customers. Saxo Bank, the Danish investment bank,…

A Peek into the Future: Tackling Algorithmic Cyber-Attackers in a M2M world

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/a-peek-into-the-future-tackling-algorithmic-attackers-in-a-m2m-world

As technology continues to advance and become increasingly data-centric, many business processes that were once manual and arduous are now fully automated to the extent that they have become transparent and assumed. This emergence of fluid, algorithmic machine-to-machine interaction is…

2015 in Review: 40% Revenue Growth, 4x the Customers

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-momentum-2015-best-year-yet

The Corvil team is proud to announce that 2015 was our most successful year yet. With the support and hard work of our staff and leadership, ​we grew ​the company significantly. ​Specifically, ​in ​FY ​2015, Corvil: Grew total revenue by 40 percent Increased new customer​ logos​ by 400 percent Expanded ​custo…

Does your Trading Platform need some R&R?

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/does-your-trading-platform-need-some-r-r

Ask a network engineer to make a sketch of their enterprise architecture and you will always get something like this. A classic enterprise stack of mirrored switches that assures the flow of data in the event of link or device failure. It does show that network engineers are thinking along…

Corvil at HPC for Wall Street: Instrumenting for Transaction Transparency

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/hpc-wall-st-instrumenting-for-transaction-transparency

Corvil will be participating in the 13th Annual HPC for Wall Street -- Cloud & Data Centers Show & Conference on April 4th. We are looking forward to connecting with technology strategists and infrastructure directors who are attending the event to learn how their peers in FinTech and…

Streaming Trading Data For Compliance

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/streaming-trading-data-for-compliance

I was chatting with a colleague about the unbelievability of action movies recently. In Shadow Recruit, Jack Ryan is a mild mannered financial compliance officer by day (probably working on getting MiFID II delayed) – and a super-human financial analyst by night. He can simply glance at a rapidly s…

Catch Corvil at HPC for Wall Street!

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/catch-corvil-at-hpc-for-wall-street

We’re heading to HPC for Wall Street – the premiere FinTech meeting focusing on cloud and data centers. In its 14th year running, HPC for Wall Street promises to expose the next big game changer and present new fintech technology. Located in the heart of the financial world, HPC for Wall Street bri…

Corvil is Speaking about Security at Strata + Hadoop London

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/corvil-is-speaking-about-security-at-strata-hadoop-london

The biggest data event of the year is around the corner! Next week is Strata + Hadoop London, where the most influential business strategists, engineers, architects, developers, and analysts in the big data space convene to chart the future of their businesses and technologies. Part of the largest…

Corvil's Top Ten Blogs of 2016

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/corvils-top-ten-blogs-of-2016

It’s been an amazing 2016 for Corvil, and we’d like to thank you for reading along with our musings. We hope you learned something and we hope you enjoyed. We’ve gather up our Top 10 Blog Posts from 2016 for your perusal below. What would you like to see more of in 2017? LinkedIn Data Breach : Did y…

Better, Faster, Cheaper, Pick Two.

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/better-faster-cheaper-pick-two

This is what I used to tell my clients when I was in the advertising business. They all wanted amazing creative ideas, but for less money and the concepts and mockups delivered to their board rooms faster. Fast forward to today in the technology business, where better, faster and cheaper is not…

Corvil Founding Story – Part 2

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/corvil-the-founding-story-part-2

On January 21st, 2004 I sent the following note to our team in Corvil: "It is with great sorrow and regret that I must inform you of John Lewis’ passing tonight at approximately 9.00 pm. John was an inspiration to all of us at Corvil. He represented everything that was good and noble about h…

Managing the Health and Performance of IT Systems in Financial Services

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/managing-the-health-and-performance-of-it-systems-in-financial-services

The mantra for today's modern E-business is "milliseconds matter to customer experience!" Especially when the customer is a 16 year old teen trying to buy a $300 pair of shoes from his/her smartphone, or a stock exchange trading billions of dollars per day. Today's modern IT…

The Four Pillars for Building a Kill-Switch from the Data Streaming in the Network

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/the-four-pillars-for-building-a-kill-switch-from-the-data-streaming-in-the-network

A number of large banks and exchanges are leveraging Corvil to help mitigate the challenges of IT risk that have undermined the smooth operations of US financial markets. Due to the amount of money at risk in very short timescales, there is a need to react very quickly. Many of our customers have…

Turning Raw Network Data into Dollars

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/turning-raw-network-data-into-dollars

Corvil takes the data streaming through your network and analyzes it to determine activity and performance at the network, application and business layers. Analytics are delivered in real-time by pluggable data decoders and configurable filtering/measurement/summarization rules. For example, here…

Winning The CIO Super Bowl: Cyber Monday

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/winning-the-cio-super-bowl-cyber-monday

Like most modern consumers, I do a lot of my shopping online. And, again like most modern consumers, when I say “a lot,” I mean “as much as I possibly can.” Combining convenience with value, it’s clear why e-commerce has become so popular with consumers and companies alike. Yet e-commerce also presents …

A Corvil Conversation: RegSCI

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/a-corvil-conversation-regsci

The Flash Crash. The Facebook IPO. The Knightmare. The BATS IPO. We’ve seen how so-called “glitches” can have huge effects on the market and even the global economy. With the growth of automated trading and the removal of humans from the trading loop, the potential for seemingly minor technological probl…

Join Corvil at Splunk’s .conf2015

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/corvil-splunk-conf2015-real-time-network-data-analytics

Corvil will be joining over 4,000 IT and business professionals at .conf2015, the 6th annual Splunk Worldwide Users Conference, this September 21 - 24 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and we’d love to see you there! As mega-level sponsors, we’ll have our own booth where we plan to show first-hand the cap…

Winning The CIO Super Bowl: Cyber Monday - Revisited

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/winning-the-cio-super-bowl-cyber-monday

This post was originally published December 1, 2014, but the challenge remains for CIOs on Cyber Monday - the biggest day of the year on the Internet. CTO Raymond Russell discusses the issues that e-commerce sites face on a day when potentially millions of dollars are on the line. For further…

A Corvil Conversation: RegSCI

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/a-corvil-conversation-regsci2

The Flash Crash. The Facebook IPO. The Knightmare. The BATS IPO. We’ve seen how so-called “glitches” can have huge effects on the market and even the global economy. With the growth of automated trading and the removal of humans from the trading loop, the potential for seemingly minor technological probl…

JIBSIS Event: The New Rules for Management of Electronic Trading Infrastructure

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/jibsis-event-the-new-rules-for-management-of-electronic-trading-infrastructure

Corvil is excited to be participating in the 17th Annual Japan International Banking & Securities System (JIBSIS) Forum this Thursday. Regulatory compliance changes and cyber security risk management dominate the forum agenda this year, and the key challenge facing many of our clients is…

Corvil at MESF: Recap and Takeaways

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/middle-east-securities-doha-qatar-risk-regulations

The 2016 Middle East Securities Forum met in Doha, Qatar last week and was attended by both domestic and global banks as well as regional stock exchanges. Topics discussed ranged from Securities Lending and Borrowing to Political Risk in the region, and while there was not a session specifically…

Olympics Lessons for Trading Technology

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/olympics-lessons-for-trading-technology

As the curtain comes down on Great Britain’s most successful overseas Olympic games, much has been made about the UK’s no-compromise approach to achieving success. One element of this success is the team’s obsession with marginal gains: small incremental improvements across the board adding up to a signi…

Recap and Takeaways: STAC NYC Summit

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/recap-and-takeaways-stac-nyc-summit

Corvil was at the STAC Summit in NYC, represented by Raymond Russell, Voyta Karas, Tim McGovern, Sam Agosta and myself. As always, STAC was another valuable day for learning, sharing, and staying involved with the industry! It was exciting to see our CTO Raymond Russell present “Stories from the P…

Thoroughness Brings Peace Of Mind

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/thoroughness-brings-peace-of-mind

I had just finished college and had started my own business. Since I was filing as a 1099, having a good accountant was very important, so I received a recommendation for a very very good accountant. As a 1099, I always broke even when it was time to pay taxes, but sometimes I was fortunate enough…

Corvil Achieves Record Growth in 2016

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/corvil-achieves-record-growth-in-2016

We have had another great year at Corvil. 2016 was a momentous year and we achieved growth in every aspect of our business. Take a look at some of our key 2016 milestones: Grew year-over-year sales by 50% Secured key wins in cyber threat detection and forensics Launched App Agent to enable…

Corvil is speaking at the Dublin Tech Summit Next Week!

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/corvil-is-speaking-at-the-dublin-tech-summit-next-week

Speakers representing the biggest and best in tech and innovation are coming together from all over the world next week for the Dublin Tech Summit, including our own CEO, Donal Byrne! The Dublin Tech Summit is a two-day event, from February 15-16, 2017, designed to showcase all that Dublin has to…

Fake News: The Real Threat to Financial Markets

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/fake-news-the-real-threat-to-financial-markets

What is fake news? In recent months, fake news has burst into the foreground, making the rounds on major social media outlets. It’s now difficult when scrolling through a feed of news stories to discern which sources are legitimate and which are not to be trusted. Fake news is the deliberate p…

Finally, there's a smarter way to protect your trading networks.

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/finally-theres-a-smarter-way-to-protect-your-trading-networks

As the world advances in the era of artificial intelligence, we’re eagerly studying, learning, and progressing in this field. All are necessary actions in order to keep up with this significant paradigm shift -- one that’s changing our behavior, culture, livelihood and more. I can’t tell you how many …

A Guide to Real-Time Risk Analytics for Financial Services

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/a-guide-to-real-time-risk-analytics-for-financial-services

Operational Risk in today’s complex financial IT environments is a growing concern and comes in many forms, ranging from security and technology risk in operations centers to market and portfolio risk in trading systems. Increasingly, threats and breaches require effective real-time responses to l…

Holding Your Service Provider To Account For Application Performance

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/holding-your-service-provider-to-account-for-application-performance

”It was like someone had their foot on my hose pipe" a client remarked recently. He was describing a situation where connectivity between two key data centres was failing. None of his traditional monitoring tools indicated a problem, however critical applications running over the link were t…

The Problem with APM - Part 1

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/the-problem-with-apm-part-1

Traditionally, Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and IT Operational Analytics (ITOA) solutions that instrument the application code have been seen as somehow "closer to the customer", while application analytics solutions based on network data have been seen as "lower…

When short-lived events have long-lived consequences

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/when-short-lived-events-have-long-lived-consequences

In Corvil, we are very used to dealing with short-lived events, microsecond latencies, and nanosecond timestamps, so much so that we are inured to the huge disparity between these timescales and those of human experience. We are also very used to interacting with people who deal in the same…

5 Reasons Network Packet Capture is Harder Than It Seems

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/5-reasons-network-packet-capture-difficult

Network packet capture has been a tool of the trade for 2 to 3 decades for most network engineering teams. “Packets don't lie” is a core belief for network engineers. Going to work each day without access to packet captures would be like a doctor doing her rounds without a stethoscope. Given that pac…

The Art and Science of Passive Network Quality Monitoring

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/passive-network-quality-monitoring-simple-insight-wire-data

The artist Giotto lived and worked in Italy in the early 14th century. He is considered by many to be the first in a line of great Renaissance painters. Legend has it that when the Pope heard of his painting skills he sent a messenger requesting a sample of his work. Giotto famously responded with…

VoIP, Then and Now

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/voip-then-and-now

It was 15 years ago. VoIP (Voice over IP) or IPT (IP Telephony) was not well developed or common. I was an engineer at a global Telco company, responsible for service enablement. At that moment, some of global companies were doing heavy expansion towards Asia - then-emerging markets…

Can your Trading Business Handle a Brexit?

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/can-your-trading-business-handle-a-brexit

I recently read an interesting FinExtra article discussing the technological lessons learned from the financial markets trading activities after Brexit. In addition to the discussion about dealing with the surge in trading volumes and exchange rate volatility there was an interesting comment from…

Corvil at FIX Americas: Recap and Takeaways

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-at-fix-americas-recap-and-takeaways

One of the more interesting panel sessions I attended at FIX Community Americas Trading Briefing discussed how the technologies being used in the buy-side and sell-side are changing and as a result how the buy- and sell-side roles are also changing. The panelists agreed that on the one hand…

Corvil at The Trading Show Chicago

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-at-the-trading-show-chicago

The Trading Show Chicago 2016 is this May 18-19 at Navy Pier. Across two days, hear speakers in showcases and seminars covering a range of topics from high performance computing, algorithmic trading, next generation infrastructure, big data in finance, data security, and more. Among the conference…

Corvil at Trading Show Chicago: Recap and Takeaways

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-at-trading-show-chicago-recap-and-takeaways

Thanks for coming to see Corvil at The Trading Show Chicago 2016 last week. One the first day of the conference, we learned from Raymond Russell, Corvil CTO and co-founder, best practices for leveraging network data for trading and risk during his seminar. At the conference, we visited booths from…

How to Comply with MiFID II Recordkeeping without Killing your Low Latency Trading Performance

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/how-to-comply-with-mifid-ii-recordkeeping-without-killing-your-low-latency-trading-performance

Listen Now You really can’t get a lot done in 10 nanoseconds. Light travels just three meters. Today, the things most commonly measured in nanoseconds are nuclear reactions and low-latency trading. In 2011, when Corvil introduced nanosecond resolution for our latency reporting, even microseconds s…

Let’s Do the Math on MiFID II

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/lets-do-the-math-on-mifid-ii

This piece originally appeared on Finance Magnates, May 10, 2016. A young European musical act takes the stage in Hamburg. Their meteoric trajectory will be historic, and their music will be played worldwide decades after their last concert. The public’s reaction to their stardom, which would i…

Corvil at MESF: Turning Data Into Actionable Information

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/middle-east-securities-doha-data-actionable-insight-technology

Corvil is excited to be participating in the Middle East Securities Forum 2016 at the Hilton Doha on the 15th of March. This year’s agenda focuses on recent regional developments in capital markets, efforts to improve market efficiency, and key challenges and opportunities for regional market p…

Resolve to boost the performance of your Threat Intelligence

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/resolve-to-boost-the-performance-of-your-threat-intelligence

Attack techniques are becoming more evasive and more sophisticated. In response, Threat Intelligence, which provides proactive, tailored, evidence-based knowledge on cyber attackers and their TTP (tactics, techniques and procedures), has become commonplace as a key resource for Security Operations…

The Pain / Gain Equation in Learning

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/the-pain-gain-equation-in-learning

Training is like working out: You can be full of good intentions but, somehow, more pressing matters get in the way. You decide you’d better get into work early instead; that report isn’t going to write itself! And then you cheer yourself up by deciding--with conviction--to hit the gym tomorrow. Why…

Winning at Security Takes More Than Three Wise Monkeys

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/winning-at-security-takes-more-than-three-wise-monkeys

Recently I overheard a discussion, I’ve heard many times before, where an analyst at a large organization was griping about how there was no way to makes sense of all the alerts they were receiving. The premise was the tools they were using provided a large amount of often conflicting or duplicate d…

Corvil at RSA: Recap and Takeaways

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/corvil-at-rsa-recap-and-takeaways

The Corvil team and I really enjoyed this year’s RSA conference, where we had the pleasure of spending three jam-packed days meeting clients, partners, analysts. We also made sure to attend a select set of breakout sessions, especially those focused on the sharing of real world experiences and best p…

Say goodbye to the blame game! How a single-view platform can bring IT teams closer together

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/say-goodbye-to-the-blame-game-how-a-single-view-platform-can-bring-it-teams-closer-together

On any given day, the application team gets blamed for using too much bandwidth. The storage team gets blamed for not providing enough bandwidth. The network team get blamed for not acting quickly enough. In fact, any variation of these scenarios can play out daily, and it goes on and on and on. If…

BGP Withdrawn Route Monitoring

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/bgp-withdrawn-route-monitoring

Here at Corvil, we understand the value contained in the packets traversing your network. We have covered in previous posts how analyzing these packets can provide a wealth of information about the performance of your network and applications. In order for application traffic to successfully…

Failing at Microsecond Timescales

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/failing-at-microsecond-timescales

There has been a lot of talk recently about how to correctly size your infrastructure – your networks and servers. People are asking “Do I just throw bandwidth at it?” The answer is a definitive YES, if more bandwidth will solve the problem. If bandwidth is not the problem, then don’t. All sounds obvious…

Three Spikes and You're Out

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/three-spikes-and-you-re-out

Corvil was the first system designed to monitor the performance of both applications and the networks they run on in real time. You might wonder if this dual ability of Corvil is simply a matter of packaging convenience: it's imperative to monitor the operation of your applications, and also…

Got Soul? Got the Right Attitude? Come Work With Us

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/corvil-is-hiring

2014 has been a wild ride for us (and the intrepid Corvil employee below). The company’s jumped into the ring of mainstream network data analytics and network performance monitoring. We had best quarter in the company’s history. In February, we introduced our Giga+ release, which will transform the…

Corvil Named “Visionary” in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant Report for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/corvil-named-visionary-in-gartners-magic-quadrant-report-for-network-performance-monitoring-and-diagnostics

Do you believe in Magic Quadrants? Or a better question, do you believe in the future of Corvil? Because we sure do, and are proud to have recognition of our Vision for the future. Corvil has been named a leading Visionary company by Gartner in its recently released Magic Quadrant Report for…

Hardware, Software, Middleware, Everywhere: Corvil Connects with Solarflare

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/hardware-software-middleware-corvil-solarflare

View full press release here. We’re proud of all of our partnerships, collaborations, and integrations here at Corvil, and today we’re proud to announce our collaboration with Solarflare, leader in application-intelligent Gigabit Ethernet (10/40GbE) server adapter technologies. At the foundation of eve…

New Approaches Versus Old Habits - Which Will Win?

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/new-approaches-old-habits-wire-data-packet-analysis

As a new sales engineer at Corvil sitting in on a lot of POCs (proof of concept) meetings and customers calls, I started to notice some very familiar things. Chiefly, participants can’t wait to start exploring the product on their own. They want to cut through the product overviews and start p…

2 Million Dollars Every Minute: Winning Cyber Monday

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/two-million-dollars-every-minute-winning-cyber-monday

According to Forrester, CIOs are becoming increasingly customer-obsessed, and for good reason. eCommerce firms and business units are on the front-lines of this trend – especially during the holiday shopping season. Cyber Monday is still the king of eCommerce in the US, according to stats from A…

A Brief Introduction to VoIP Call Quality

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/voip-network-monitoring-series-introduction

This is the first in a series of blog posts discussing Corvil’s experience with VoIP performance in sophisticated networks. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a term used to describe voice communication over IP networks such as the internet. VoIP technology is widely adopted by companies, m…

Corvil at Intelligent Trading Summit: Recap and Takeaways

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-at-intelligent-trading-summit-recap-and-takeaways

Thanks for coming to see Corvil at The Intelligent Trading Summit last week. We hope you enjoyed learning from Raymond Russell, CTO and co-founder about Electronic Execution Infrastructure - Best Practices for Optimal Performance. Here’s what Raymond had to say when asked about the past 5 years of c…

Corvil at the NYC STAC Summit

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-at-the-nyc-stac-summit

Corvil will be at the Grand Hyatt, New York Manhattan Ballroom on June 13 for the New York STAC Summit! Many firms today use wire-capture data to support trading revenue and reliability through latency and health monitoring, but their capture and analysis solutions have been in place for several…

Mission Critical: The Progression From Nice-To-Have To Necessity

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/mission-critical-the-progression-from-nice-to-have-to-necessity

As a member of the Corvil Technical Support team, I have a window into the ever-evolving use of the Corvil product by our customer base. The view we’re afforded through this window is essential for continuing to provide an exceptional level of customer care to our users, but it’s also one of the mor…

Post User Group Canada Event Debrief

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/post-usergroup-canada-event-debrief

We had a fantastic night this past week at our annual UserGroup Canada event. The Blue Jays were nice enough to take an early lead on the Texas Rangers, putting attendees in a great mood for our presentation. I was proud to introduce the Corvil update to 9.1.1, the new Corvil 8400, and the new…

Re-thinking Speed in Financial Markets: Part 2

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/re-thinking-speed-in-financial-markets-part-2

Policing Speed If we assume that we are unlikely to make trading via computers illegal any time soon, I have come to the belief that all attempts to regulate and police speed to artificial limits will ultimately prove ineffective. Faster markets enable narrower spreads and greater price certainty.…

Recap and Takeaways: FS-ISAC Nashville Summit

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/recap-and-takeaways-fs-isac-nashville-summit

I’ve just returned from a few great days in Nashville, the country music capital of the world, for a fantastic event with FS-ISAC. The event’s overarching theme, as to be expected, was on intel sharing and general collaboration for better security across organisations in the financial services com…

STAC Summit in Chicago

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/stac-summit-in-chicago

Corvil CTO Raymond Russell, along with other fintech industry leaders, will be at the Willis Tower Metropolitan Club on May 17 for the Chicago STAC Summit. Network data can be used to support revenue and reliability through latency and health monitoring, but Raymond Russell, CTO and co-founder of…

The Big Divide

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/the-big-divide

I spent the past few years on the trading floor. I wrestled everyday with that old cliché: Time is money. From this experience, I learned what time really means: opportunity, cost, and risk. Just as humble H20 can take the form of liquid water, solid ice and vapor; time can interchangeably take the …

The New Algorithmic Wolves of Wall Street

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/the-new-algorithmic-wolves-of-wall-street

This piece first appeared on Finance Magnates on 11/22/2016. Traditional traders, the famous and infamous Wolves of Wall Street, run the financial markets no more. For some time, it has been the “quants”—the mathematicians, statisticians, or even theoretical physicists or data scientists—that control…

Bitcoin Exchange Outage: Lessons in Performance Management

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/bitcoin-exchange-outage-lessons-in-performance-management

Welcome Coinbase to the big leagues of performance management for Exchanges. We’ve seen this same major outage story play out time and again when relatively "young" exchanges begin to get big league trading traffic. So it’s no surprise that even tech-savvy bitcoin exchanges are replaying the…

Corvil is Speaking at the Fixed Income Leaders Summit

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/corvil-is-speaking-at-the-fixed-income-leaders-summit

We’re excited to head to Boston for the Fixed Income Leaders Summit on May 16-18, the top event for buy-side fixed income leaders. With more than 250 executives from leading buy-side companies sharing their firsthand experiences, we’re eager to learn how major players in the industry are addressing the…

FIX EMEA 2017: Recap and Takeaways

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/fix-emea-2017-recap-and-takeaways

The hot topic this year at FIX EMEA was MiFID II, with most of the day’s sessions and exhibiting vendors revolving around what it is, what’s to come, and what we can do to prepare. Security, though, came in a close second after MiFID II, and our very own CEO Donal Byrne spoke about this. Attendees had…

Meet Corvil at RSA next week in San Francisco!

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/meet-corvil-at-rsa-next-week-in-san-francisco

Are you going to be at RSA in San Francisco next week? Leaders from the cybersecurity industry are coming together to discuss new approaches, trends, and best practices in infosec. Cloud visibility, workflow automation, user behavioural analytics, operationalizing threat intelligence, incident…

Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis: How to ensure your Network and Application teams speak the same language

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/sapir-whorf-hypothesis-how-to-ensure-your-network-and-application-teams-speak-the-same-language

As a science fiction fan, I was excited to see the Oscar-nominated movie Arrival when it was released this November. Arrival is not your typical sci-fi movie with Green Men and Armageddon battle scenes. Instead, it leans heavily on the study of linguistic relativity, also known as the Sapir-Whorf…

The Fridge has got IT in for you

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/the-fridge-has-got-it-in-for-you

In the not too distant future, you may be sitting back in your driverless vehicle heading home from work. As you consider an evening meal you might check your smartphone to see what the Fridge has got in for you. The IOT (Internet of Things) world is coming to your Fridge soon. If like most of us,…

Are you Under Performing or Just Out of Control?

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/are-you-under-performing-or-just-out-of-control

”A company missing its targets is an underperforming company. A company missing its forecast is a company out of control.” This was a favorite saying of an old friend of mine in sales management, and while you could argue the merits of the first sentence, the second is fairly undeniable. And yet it …

It’s the visibility, stupid.

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/it-s-the-visibility-stupid

One of the things I enjoy about being a product manager is meeting with customers and hearing how they are using the product: how they use it during their day, the value it brings, likes and dislikes. That’s when I learn, and often when I get surprised. Over the last couple of years, I’ve been str…

Roundup: 2014 Solarflare - Next Generation Networks

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/roundup-solarflare-2014

Last week I joined Richard Croucher, Barclays and Matthew Knight, Solarflare for a discussion of trends in the world of IT operational intelligence and performance monitoring based on network packet data. While the conversation covered quite a lot of ground, the recurrent theme was the potential…

Differences between Heartbleed and Shellshock Vulnerabilities

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/shellshocked

The recently discovered bug in the Bash shell known as Shellshock vulernability has been getting a lot of attention and commentary in the IT press and blogosphere at large. This attention is definitely warranted, as the vulnerability opened by the bug is very severe: it can allow a malicious user…

So what’s a microburst anyway - and why should I care?

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/so-what-s-a-microburst-anyway-and-why-should-i-care

The majority of monitoring tools we rely upon report to a granularity of 1 second. For instance, measuring bandwidth in bits per second and server performance in messages per second. On the face of it this makes complete sense, because as humans we’re familiar and comfortable with the concept of a s…

Speed is Good, Transparency is Better

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/speed-is-good-transparency-is-better

Flash Boys raises the question but fails to explain why knowledge of speed is more important than speed itself in modern electronic trading. While the general public may only be gaining awareness of HFT’s existence with the recent launch of Flash Boys by Michael Lewis, there are still many who p…

Why Knowledge of Speed is More Important than Speed Itself

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/why-knowledge-of-speed-is-more-important-than-speed-itself

In 2009, we presented a view to the marketplace that “speed is good, transparency is better”. At this time the electronic trading industry was in the middle of what seemed to be an endless latency arms race. At that time we felt that this arms race would inevitably come to a halt as electronic tra…

C-E-Oh Captain, my Captain! CEO Donal Byrne in the Trading Technology 40

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/ceo-donal-byrne-2015-trading-technology-40

They say a ship is only as good as its captain - and we say the leading network data analytics company is only as Visionary as its CEO. I’m proud to announce that our CEO and Captain, Donal Byrne, has been included again in this year’s Trading Technology 40! The criteria for selection include car…

Gartner Believes What We Believe

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/gartner-critical-capabilities-npmd

Gartner believes what we believe. On the heels of Corvil taking the biggest “up-and-to-the-right” leap and being named “Visionary” in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD), we are honored to have earned the highest score out of 14 NPMD vendors in the Mar…

Operations in the NOW

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/operations-now-real-time-visibility

In a past life, I spent many years as a Network Engineer. I started my techie career at a small local travel agent. We had 6 branches, all connected with 64k links that were basically WAN cards in Novell Servers. One of my first projects was to create a company email system. I managed to create a…

Corvil and NEX Abide Financial: Partners in World Class Regulatory Compliance

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-and-abide-partners-in-world-class-regulatory-compliance

Corvil is excited to announce the beginning of our partnership with Abide Financial, a market leader in global regulatory reporting solutions in the UK, Europe and beyond. Despite economic and regulatory uncertainty following the UK Brexit referendum, it is clear that MiFID II is on the way and…

Corvil at CiscoLive: Recap and Takeaways

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-at-ciscolive-recap-and-takeaways

Last week in Berlin, thousands of network engineers, technologists and uber-geeks from around Europe descended upon the city to participate at CiscoLive. It was impossible to see and do everything: inspiring keynotes, informative technical sessions and challenging activities like the “Arduino C…

Corvil at STAC London: Recap and Takeaways

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-at-stac-london-recap-and-takeaways

At STAC (Securities Technology Analysis Center) London, there’s a lot for FinTech geeks to love. There is something for every-geek here: speakers enthusing about the latest Knights Landing Intel offering; presentations on code snippets for non-linear aggregation in Spark; and exhibition booths f…

Corvil at JIBSIS Tokyo: Recap and Takeaways

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-japan-banking-securities-tokyo-forum

Last week I had the privilege to speak at the 17th annual Japan International Banking & Securities System Forum (JIBSIS) in Tokyo. The event was attended by almost 400 senior executives and technologists from across the Japanese financial community and the world, who were all eager to meet…

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/guilty-until-proven-innocent

Following the wild years of high frequency, low-latency trading, being fastest to the market is no longer the biggest concern. A few leaders have consolidated at the top, and they are clearly identified as a select group that maintains the “Race to 0.” Elsewhere, other high-performing firms have cha…

Japan Exchange Group and Corvil Japan host Irish Minister for Financial Service

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/japan-exchange-group-and-corvil-japan-host-irish-minister-for-financial-service

Corvil was honored to assist bringing about a recent meeting between Japan Exchange Group, Inc. (JPX) technology executives and Irish Minister for Financial Services, Mr. Eoghan Murphy T.D., and his team. The meeting was part of Minister Murphy’s programme with the launch of the IFS IRELAND banner b…

Meet Corvil at FS-ISAC Fall Summit: Nashville, Tennessee

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/meet-corvil-at-fs-isac-fall-summit-nashville-tennessee

Between visits to the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame, we’ll be attending the FS-ISAC Fall Summit in downtown Nashville. From October 23rd – 26th, we’ll be at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel for one of the top conferences in FinTech security. The FS-ISAC Fall Summit is famous for disse…

Meet Corvil at STAC Summit London

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/meet-corvil-at-stac-summit-london

With Big Ben looming over us in the wonderful city of London, it is fitting that we’ll be talking about timekeeping. Corvil is excited to be attending the 2016 STAC Summit London, where our very own James Wylie will be speaking at 9:10am. James will be talking on PTP best practices and some common, r…

Recap and Takeaways: Deutsche Börse IT Conference

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/recap-and-takeaways-deutsche-boerse-it-conference

On October 5, I headed over to Germany, joined by fellow members of our sales team Mark Holden and Amarjit Randhawa , to represent Corvil at the Deutsche Börse IT Conference. Corvil was a sponsor of the 9th annual Open Day, so we were given the opportunity to connect with the best minds in the …

Recap and Takeaways: STAC London

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/recap-and-takeaways-stac-london

I recently traveled to London to attend STAC Summit, one of the premier events in the fintech industry. The October 27th conference featured multiple informative sessions about everything from MiFID II and compliance to accurate nanosecond timestamping and PTP. At the STAC Summit, the technical…

Recap: The FIX - Japan Trading Community Speaks on What’s to Come for Global Trading

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/recap-the-fix-japan-trading-community-speaks-on-whats-to-come-for-global-trading

Over 600 delegates attended the FIX Trading conference in Japan last week, and all were eager to dive into a busy day of lively discussion! The event began with an opening keynote speech from the co-chair of the FIX Trading Community Japan Regional Committee, Junya Umeno’s, who rallied around the t…

Regulatory Alchemy: Transmuting Compliance Tax into Business Value

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/regulatory-alchemy-transmuting-compliance-tax-into-business-value

This piece first appeared on Finance Magnates on 9/22/2016. Necessary evil The ever-expanding regulation of the financial markets is becoming a lead weight for many shops, increasing operating expenses while dragging down profit margins. Some consider it a necessary evil for safe, efficient…

Takeaways from iiFinTech Symposium and Awards

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/takeaways-from-iifintech-symposium-and-awards

Last week, the iiFinTech Awards ceremony hosted industry visionaries and financiers who ranked in Institutional Investor’s 2016 Tech 50, Fintech Finance 35 and Trading Technology 40, including our very own CEO Donal Byrne. Supporting his win were Corvil team members Raymond Russell, Dan Kennedy, V…

The Castle Falls While the Walls Stand: Visibility and Context in Endpoint Security

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/the-castle-falls-while-the-walls-stand-visiblity-and-context-in-endpoint-security

Long gone are the Game of Thrones days of castles and sieges, where defenders had to protect a singular outer wall or risk being overrun by barbarians, zombies, or whoever else was knocking insistently at their gates. If the wall fell, the castle fell. If the wall stood, the castle stood. Security…

Transparency, Optimization & Compliance: How Corvil Benefits Everyone in Electronic Trading

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/transparency-optimization-compliance-how-corvil-benefits-everyone-in-electronic-trading

I was fortunate enough to represent Corvil and attend Institutional Investor’s FinTech Awards dinner and ceremony earlier this month. They hosted industry visionaries and financiers who ranked in Institutional Investor’s 2016 Tech 50, Fintech Finance 35, and Trading Technology 40, including our ver…

Why Clean Traffic Matters

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/why-clean-traffic-matters

Network Operations team are always in the line of fire. I’ve been working in this arena since my early years, and I’ve seen how we are center stage for every event and every issue. During a triage or an outage, we’re under pressure to provide a solution and an answer. The trading floor is losing money…

Catch Corvil at Cisco Live!

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/catch-corvil-at-cisco-live

We’re heading to Cisco Live again! We had such a fantastic time attending last year, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to travel to Berlin again for five jam-packed days. With keynotes, breakout sessions, case studies, and labs, Cisco Live promises to offer education, networking, and innovation. We’…

Corvil has an authentic past, but it is focused on the future

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/corvil-has-an-authentic-past-but-it-is-focused-on-the-future

Originally published on Computer World. I’m a sucker for history. Specifically, I love companies that have a sense of history and pedigree behind them. Maybe its because my own business, Cactus Equipment, has for 25 years created products in a world which is awash with manufactured brands and p…

JIBSIS 2017: Recap and Takeaways

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/jibsis-2017-recap-and-takeaways

So many fascinating conversations this year at JIBSIS! From blockchain tech and bitcoin trends, to Open API, the Advancement of Clearance and the adoption of AI for the financial markets, the event covered a range of timely topics around fintech and finserv. Most of the day’s participants and a…

Making Fast Even Faster: Winning the Electronic Trading Race

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/making-fast-even-faster-winning-the-electronic-trading-race

The importance of timing in sports is indisputable, especially in competitions that lead to close finishes or require multiple disciplines. A triathlon, for example, is made up of three legs: swimming, biking, and running, with two changing transitions in between. Triathletes will often focus on…

Mitigating the Risk of WannaCry: Turn On the Lights and Secure from Within

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/mitigating-the-risk-of-wannacry-turn-on-the-lights-and-secure-from-within

Remain calm and batten down the hatches You’ve likely heard of the “WannaCry” ransomware, which has already caused mayhem since it appeared in the wild recently. Ransomware is not a new phenomenon and here at Corvil, we’ve been helping clients tackle Ransomware infections for some time, but this particu…

Trading half the world away - A brief history lesson on trading resources

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/trading-half-the-world-away-a-brief-history-lesson-on-trading-resources

Trading Half The World Away Nutmeg is a quite distinctive spice that has become something of a minority taste in today’s cuisine. This early Dutch map below from about 1660 shows the Moluccan Islands which were once the only known sources of nutmeg. Back in the 17th century, popular spices such as c…

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/guilty-until-proven-innocent/guilty-until-proven-innocent

Following the wild years of high frequency, low-latency trading, being fastest to the market is no longer the biggest concern. A few leaders have consolidated at the top, and they are clearly identified as a select group that maintains the “Race to 0.” Elsewhere, other high-performing firms have cha…

An FX Platform Designed to Limit the Impact of Speed

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/an-fx-platform-designed-to-limit-the-impact-of-speed

Yesterday I had the chance to participate in a lively webinar on electronic FX monitoring with Yann L'Hulier and Alex Krovina, respectively CIO and CTO of Tradition – these are the guys responsible for creating Tradition's ParFX trading platform. (If you missed the live event you can see the r…

Corvil’s Inaugural Performance Management Experts Certification Event in New York City

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/corvil-s-inaugural-performance-management-experts-certification-event-in-new-york-city

Corvil hosted its inaugural gathering of Corvil Certified Performance Management Experts (CCPME) last week in New York City. The event served as the official presentation of the CCPME certification and award to the twelve recipients, as well as an opportunity for all involved to discuss industry…

Corvil Selected As A Top Company in ITOA by ITOA Landscape

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/corvil-selected-as-a-top-company-in-itoa-by-itoa-landscape

Today Corvil is happy to announce our inclusion in ITOA Landscape's list of the 50 leading vendors in IT Operations Analytics (ITOA). The ITOA50 list identifies companies who have demonstrated leadership in developing ITOA solutions based on impact, innovation and industry recognition. We’re proud t…

Instrument 60 Pts Inside your App and Fail to Understand its Performance

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/how-to-instrument-60-points-inside-your-app-and-still-fail-to-understand-its-performance

Would you like to be able to see the detailed flow of data through your application, instrumenting 60 different code points? Sounds great, right? So how disappointed would you be if you still failed to explain the root cause of performance problems? This was the dilemma I came across with a…

Roundup: 2014 Trade Tech FX

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/recap-trade-tech-fx-2014

Evolving Technology and Trading Strategies Our Chief Scientist, Fergal Toomey, spoke at Trade Tech FX this week with one of our valued customers, Andrew Rossiter of ADS Securities. Fergal and Andrew had a thought provoking discussion on the evolving FX markets, with some interesting insight from…

Turbo Charge Application Performance Troubleshooting with Microburst Analytics

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/turbo-charge-application-performance-troubleshooting-with-microburst-analytics

We've all seen examples like this… A user experiences intermittent application performance and the finger pointing between teams starts. No one is clear if it is an application or network issue but it's often the Network Ops team who are left to investigate. But do the Network Ops team have the a…

Why does network convergence time matter?

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/why-does-network-convergence-time-matter

In the normal course of business the issue of network convergence time is not high on the priority list of a C-Level executive. More likely it concerns the ISP network architect or an overworked enterprise IT Services manager who may view it as an interesting technical problem, until... A link…

A Fair Trade: Corvil and Aequitas NEO Exchange

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/aequitas-neo-exchange-corvil-partnership-announcement

View full press release here. In today’s high-speed financial world, regardless of your research, experience or market savvy, a few short microseconds can be the difference between finishing in the black or the red. With the rise of the ultrafast high-frequency trader, how can we be sure the market i…

Algorithmic Automated Business Visibility

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/algorithmic-automated-business-visibility

Algorithmic is where it’s at for 2016. The word is showing up everywhere -- at Gartner symposiums, in Bitcoin discussions, in marketing blogs -- the list goes on and on. What the “rise of algorithmic” means for various industries is a frequently debated topic at Corvil. Over the years, we’ve worked besides…

In Forbes: Play With Fire(walls) And Get Burned: A Future Without Firewalls

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/future-without-firewalls-forbes-article-raymond-russell

An excerpt of a piece Raymond Russell, Corvil CTO and Co-founder, recently published in Forbes, discussing the future of network security and the possibility of a future without firewalls. Click here to read the whole piece. Plato tells of the ancient city of Atlantis, full of advanced technology…

How Real Is Your Real-Time?

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/human-vs-network-real-time-monitoring-and-visibility

I’ve worked with lots of packet capture tools during my career. Some focused on network troubleshooting, some focused on application usage of the network, but on some level all these products (including Corvil) do the same thing. They look at packets, they run algorithms on the packets, they c…

Watch your Business in High Definition

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/watch-your-business-network-in-high-definition

Thanks to my wife redecorating our living room, I recently found myself in the market for a new television, so I started doing some homework. It’s been several years since I last bought a TV, and I quickly realized things had significantly moved on with numerous new technologies and choices. Smart T…

Why Latency Management Will Decide the Future of the Internet of Things

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/why-latency-management-future-internet-of-things

Corvil Chief Scientist & Co-Founder Fergal Toomey recently wrote an article on the Internet of Things and latency management for Wireless Week, a premiere global publication covering wireless telecom market. The article was originally published here in Wireless Week on 4/15. It has been…

What’s black and white and eats like a horse?

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/zebras-real-time-network-analytics

If you worked it out before seeing the picture then well done you. Sometimes it’s fun to work out the punchline for yourself. But it isn’t always fun or easy to work out the answer. Especially when you are looking for a solution to a problem that is affecting a mission critical application that run…

A Corvil Halloween: The Ghost in the Machine

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/a-corvil-halloween-the-ghost-in-the-machine

Halloween is right around the corner, and will bring the annual flood of Draculas, Frankensteins and Zombies along with it. These ghoulish characters have gone global, along with the celebration of Halloween, but did you know that Halloween has a long tradition in Ireland? For many, many years,…

How Well Is Your Business's VoIP Performing, Really?

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/business-critical-voip-call-quality-end-user-experience-IT

My son's online gaming habit (some might call it an addiction) illustrates a common issue in VOIP monitoring that carries over to the business world. At home, I have no trouble responding to emails, but he may be sitting next to me cursing the performance of our home broadband because the ping…

Cisco Live Berlin is almost here!

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/ciscolive-berlin-is-almost-here

We’re excited about all the new keynotes, technical sessions, and simply catching up with clients and friends who are attending. This year we have something for everyone at our Cisco Live Booth E78. Learn how networks can instrument digital business transactions If you’re at Cisco Live to hear the lat…

Corvil and Exane BNP Paribas

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-and-exane-bnp-paribas

Corvil is proud to announce the beginning of our relationship with European investment powerhouse Exane BNP Paribas. Exane BNP Paribas, an investment company specializing in cash equities, derivatives and asset management, will use the Corvil platform to monitor the health and performance of its…

Corvil at the Intelligent Trading Summit New York

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-at-its

Corvil is excited to participate in the 2016 Intelligent Trading Summit in Midtown West, NYC. The Intelligent Trading Summit New York is one of the premier North American events for trading technology executives in capital markets, and we’re excited to be speaking. Corvil CTO Raymond Russell will p…

Corvil at TSX: Recap and Takeaways

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-at-tsx-recap-and-takeaways

Corvil attended the TSX Equities Trading Conference last week in Toronto. The day opened with regulatory talk first thing in the morning, with an update and discussion of the current regulatory landscape. Clearly, regulatory shifts are felt at a global scale, as there are not many institutions or…

Corvil Nuggets: Learning within the Workflow

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-nuggets-learning-within-the-workflow

Here at Corvil, the eLearning team is tasked with creating a blend of digital content and instructor-led training to educate end users on using Corvil’s technology. To create effective digital content, we need to understand what makes our end users tick: how they learn, when they learn, why they l…

Corvil: Talking MiFID in London

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-talking-mifid-in-london

Next week will be a busy week for Corvil’s London team. We’ll be participating in three MiFID-focused events over 2 days. We’ll be at the Trade‘s pop-up event MiFID II Best Execution, Are you Ready on the 9th of May at the London Stock Exchange. Our CEO Donal Byrne will participate on the FinTech – A Hel…

Integrated Weaponry to Hone Your Cyber-Jedi Skills

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/integrated-weaponry-to-hone-your-cyber-jedi-skills

Corvil and Carbon Black have been working on the same problem: optimizing how security teams use their most precious resource -- time. As Ben Johnson, CTO of Carbon Black wrote: We’ve already said we don’t have enough people, so why do we fail to optimize how our teams spend their time? We should be …

It’s Time to Get Compliant with Corvil, NEX Abide Financial, and IIS.

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/its-time-to-get-compliant-with-corvil-abide-financial-and-iis

On Thursday, September 22, at Grange St. Paul’s Hotel, hear Corvil, NEX Abide Financial, and IIS discuss how to best navigate the rules dictated by regulatory regimes of both present and future. Come with questions for the Q&A portion and enjoy a drink with our speakers in the evening! Join us a…

Learning Ecosystems: The Real “Deep” Learning

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/learning-ecosystems-the-real-deep-learning

While reading an article on Deep Learning, I considered the literal meaning of the phrase, rather than the AI-related meaning. I asked myself: how are smart businesses creating learning ecosystems that support ‘deep’ learning for the benefit of their employees, their customers and the organization its…

Meet Corvil at FIA Expo 2016: Chicago

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/meet-corvil-at-fia-expo-2016-chicago

Looking for another opportunity to be blown away? Come meet Corvil in the Windy City. From October 18th-20th, we’ll be attending the 32nd Annual FIA Future and Options Expo. This three-day event features more than 30 sessions and 130 speakers to provide valuable insight into the essential issues f…

Meet Corvil at Open Day 2016: Eschborn, Germany

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/meet-corvil-at-open-day-2016-eschborn-germany

Another opportunity to meet Corvil awaits you! If you’ll be in Germany on October 5, head over to the Deutsche Börse IT Conference. We’re sponsoring the 9th annual Open Day, a jampacked one-day event featuring presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities with the best in the exchange IT fiel…

Meet Corvil at STAC Summit NYC

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/meet-corvil-at-stac-summit-nyc

It’s autumn in New York, and as the leaves in Central Park begin to change, we can’t imagine a better backdrop for discussing the changing parameters of regulatory compliance. Our very own Raymond Russell, CTO of Corvil, will be speaking at the STAC Summit and sharing his firsthand experience with Pre…

Photo review of Corvil’s NYC user meetup

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/photo-review-of-corvils-nyc-user-meetup

Being an Irish company, where else could we hold our NYC user meetup but at the “World’s Best Bar” award winner -- The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog. Aoife and Scott got there early to get things set up for the show. The socializing began as soon as we opened the doors. David Murray kicked off the f…

PTP's Secret Weapon: Hardware Timestamping

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/ptp-s-secret-weapon-hardware-timestamping

At the STAC Summits in London and New York a few weeks ago, time and time synchronization were featured prominently. The recent tightening of timestamp reporting under MiFID II regulations, and the anticipation of similar regulatory developments in other jurisdictions, is one reason for the…

Recap and Takeaways: User Group Chicago

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/recap-and-takeaways-user-group-chicago

On November 1, the Chicago Cubs bounced back like a Forrest Gump ping pong ball against the Cleveland Indians in Game 6 of their historic series, sending the contest to a winner-take-all Game 7. Meanwhile, Corvil met its loyal customers at the first annual CHUG meeting. Although the entire city of…

Corvil Security Analytics, bolstering security operational efficiency at RNDC

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/rndc-and-corvil

Corvil is proud to announce that its Security Analytics solution is being used by Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), North America’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, to safeguard the company’s business from external and insider threats. RNDC selected Corvil for its abi…

Takeaways from Splunk Conf 2016

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/takeaways-from-splunk-conf-2016

Autonomous cars, smart homes, the advent of the second machine age – my brain had long gotten accustomed to hearing these buzzwords and wondering how these would technologies would affect and shape the cybersecurity industry. But never had the reality of the coming times sunk in for me as much as i…

The Iceberg Problem, Part 1: The Business Side

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/the-iceberg-problem-part-1-the-business-side

Imagine the modern digital business as an iceberg—a single, massive entity, partially visible, balanced in the water. Above the water is all that is seen and understood by the typical business owner—real customers, product and service output, financial results, and the like. But a huge amount of the…

Corvil Uses Corvil: Utilizing Corvil in the Enterprise

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/utilizing-corvil-in-the-enterprise

Hanging out in IT Operations, we're regularly asked to test the features of Corvil's software on our own networks. For a long time, the capabilities that Corvil's clients could see in their own environments, (electronic trading, mainly), weren't easily transported across to the Enterprise IT.…

Who’s pulling the strings? The Disconnect between Network Engineers and the Company Wallet

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/whos-pulling-the-strings-the-disconnect-between-network-engineers-and-the-company-wallet

Selling sophisticated data analytics technology to a large bank is a bit different than selling beverages at a lemonade stand to kids playing soccer in your neighbourhood. Sure, the result of the sale may be similar; kids quenching thirst on one hand and network engineers quenching thirst for…

At last, the electronification of Fixed Income! And what it takes to adapt.

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/at-last-the-electronification-of-fixed-income-and-what-it-takes-to-adapt

In the same way a first-time home buyer needs a realtor to find and buy the right house, an investor needs a trader to price and find the right security, especially if it’s a bond. Decades ago, back before the equity markets were electronified, firms were connected through pink sheets. If you w…

Catch Corvil at FIX's Americas Trading Briefing

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/catch-corvil-at-fixs-americas-trading-briefing

We’re heading to FIX’s Americas Trading Briefing FIX’s Americas Trading Briefing again! We had such a fantastic time attending last year, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to travel to NYC for another day of educational and networking opportunities across the market. Hosted by Goldman Sachs, the FIX Tra…

CEO Donal Byrne Recognized by Institutional Investor's Trading Tech 40

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It seems congratulations are in order! We’re excited to announce our CEO Donal Byrne’s placement in this year’s Institutional Investor’s Trading Tech 40, which honors the world’s most powerful trading executives. This is Donal’s fourth year appearing, and he as moved from #32 to 28 in this year’s list. Under …

Corvil Announces Solution to Improve Fixed Income Trading Effectiveness

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Brexit. Trump tweets. That film “La La Land.” And, Fixed Income. Seldom does a day go by that there isn’t more news about market microstructures, technology, liquidity, regulation, and the changes to come in Fixed Income markets. Geopolitical uncertainty, pending interest rate increases, and incre…

Corvil Cara - Shining the Cybersecurity Light on Trading Networks and Securing them from Within

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Today we announced Cara - the virtual security expert for the automated cyber risk assessment and surveillance of electronic trading networks. It is a major milestone for Corvil. We started Cara as a result of a conversation with one of our customers on Wall St just over a year ago. He had just…

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Corvil!

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On this St. Patrick’s Day, we’re reflecting on our Irish heart and heritage! Almost two decades ago, our Irish co-founders started this company with a passion for theoretical physics and a keen mathematical and scientific ability to dig deeper into the complex physical world around us. They built the…

Learn More About Corvil in NYU's Course on Ultra Low Latency Architectures for Electronic Trading

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Corvil has been growing recently, and we’ve been adding new people to our team in various different capacities. Several of them have asked me for guidance on how to get up to speed with our industry, which is an interesting question for a number of reasons. First of all, our solutions are used a…

Trading Networks: Vulnerable or Not?

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With concentrated efforts over a long period of time, sophisticated and stealthy malware can gain (and maintain) access into key servers at multiple exchanges. Once firmly planted across these multiple institutions, they could theoretically launch a coordinated attack, halting trading activity and…