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Expanding and moving to new
offices or remodeling existing trading offices is an ideal time to significantly upgrade and streamline any
business’s information technology (IT)
infrastructure. Such was the case with
Advantage Futures ( www.advantage-futures.com) about one year ago when
it moved from the Chicago Board of
Trade to all-new, custom-designed
facilities in the heart of the city’s financial district.
Prior to the move, nearly 40 miles
of high-performance cable and
advanced equipment were installed
to serve 48,000 square feet of
custom-built space with state-of-the-art data-communications, telecommunications and television
services. Advantage now delivers 1000Base-T Ethernet, Voice over
Internet Protocol (VoIP) and cable
television on its infrastructure.
Category 6 cable was a key part
of the infrastructure upgrade. It is
tested for performance at fre-
quencies up to 250 MHz
and is suitable for 10Base-T,
100Base-T and 1000Base-T up
to 100 meters, and 10GBase-T
to certain distances as well.
Equally important, the cable
transfers data at very high
speeds thanks to its ability to
minimize pair-to-pair crosstalk
and reduce system noise.
A vital technology improvement
also included switching the televi-sion-distribution network from conventional coaxial to Category 6.
According to Sim Sabharwal, vice
president of information technology
at Advantage Futures, the new system provides ultimate flexibility for
handling moves, adds and changes
(MACs) of television locations.
Employees and customers use the
new offices for high-volume trad-
ing operations, and often move from
one suite to another as their needs
change. When that happens, they
need immediate access to political
and financial news without waiting
for maintenance people to pull coax-
ial cable to their new location.
Advantage has experienced expo-
nential growth since it began in 2003.
Last year it processed trades for more
than 290 million futures contracts,
making it one of the top futures com-
mission merchants (FCM) in the
nation. An FCM provides third-party
clearing and settlement services for
futures transactions executed on
futures exchanges. All members of
The advantages of
television over Category 6
A Chicago-based futures commission
merchant relies heavily on news and business
feeds for its daily activities, and relies on a
Category 6 infrastructure to deliver them.
BY RICHARD PARRISH, MINDSHARE COMMUNICATIONS
Sim Sabharwal, vice president of information
technology at Advantage Futures, shows off the
Category 6 cabling connections plugged into
one of the hubs from Lynx Broadband.