Aquis launches 'world's first' 24/7 regulated exchange

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Aquis Technologies, a division of Aquis Exchange, a specialist in financial markets and trading technology, has launched Aquis Equinox, which it says is the world's first regulated market-grade 24/7 matching engine, never requiring shut down or downtime.

Exchanges typically require downtime at set periods to ensure required actions, including sequence number resets, maintenance and software upgrades, are implemented.
Now, exchanges running on Aquis Equinox can guarantee continuous operation, with no need for shutdown for software upgrades, infrastructure changes, capacity increases, reference data management or member onboarding.

Aquis Equinox combines this uninterrupted availability with "extreme fault tolerance and proprietary engineering". This ensures that the system can handle any kind of errors "gracefully" and automatically switch to a backup service (known as automated failover) in real time.  

This also means that instances where distributed computer systems are unable to identify the primary system components without human intervention (known as split-brain distributed computing issues) do not occur.

Run through a shared ecosystem capable of hosting multiple exchanges under a single matching engine, Aquis says Equinox delivers commercial efficiencies to both existing and start-up exchanges, and substantially reduces the costs of in-house development and staffing. Cloud-native deployment can eliminate costs associated with traditional data centres, decrease disaster recovery environment size, reduce environment duplication, carbon emissions and energy consumption, and improve speed to market.
The product was developed in-house by the Group's Aquis Technologies team. Aquis Equinox has undergone rigorous testing and is now available as a cloud-native, hybrid or on-premise solution for customers.

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