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Cloud Computing Synchronicity By @JamesCarlini | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Network carriers need to create new services if they want to make new revenues in today’s corporate Cloud environment

Cloud Computing Synchronicity: Timing Is Everything

Today, more enterprises are looking at cloud-based solutions. What is still missing is the ability to "sync up" transactions coming from various outbound originations to a single destination. What is necessary is Cloud Transaction Synchronicity ©.

There are many articles and white papers discussing cloud computing and shared services. We have seen numerous articles on new services that are being touted like SaaS (Software as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).

Cloud Transaction Synchronicity © is the ability to have every transaction synched up off of one Master Clock (not multiple clocks). Just like the timing of the public switched telephone network (PSTN) itself is based on one Master clock (the Atomic clock), the applications needing timing should also be provided with timing.

This timing capability could be a whole new network service for the carrier(s) to provide. Timing as a Service (TaaS) could be a new service offered to various enterprise networks.

Note to Carriers: You are looking for new and innovative ways to make money off the network infrastructure. Why not sell synchronized timing as an intelligent amenity on your network? It IS needed.

Synchronized Financial Services Framework
Here is a real possibility. Cloud Transaction Synchronicity © should be a mandatory service for all financial transactions that are being transmitted to all the exchanges.

A well-defined timing definition for financial services (trading, transaction processing) should be developed and accepted by the various financial trading organizations because it would provide a more accurate layer of processing and oversight for all transactions being processed. A Synchronized Financial Services Framework would go down into a level of granularity of nanoseconds in order to ensure trades being done in microseconds could be easily sequenced into proper order.

Why is this so important? Financial transactions have to be processed in a very orderly fashion.

Each transaction has a very precise value assigned to it based on the timing of the trade. In the old days when everything was done manually, each order had to be time-stamped on the floor so that its value could be recorded based on the time of trade. Now that the time of a trade has gone from a tenth of a second to a couple of microseconds on an HFT (High Frequency Transactions) server, the safeguards and regulatory oversight have to get down to that level of granularity as well.

Cloud Transaction Synchronicity © would guarantee a much higher and comprehensive level of compliance within the boundaries of the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) as well as other regulatory bodies within the financial area. Just by having this timing synchronization embedded into the network infrastructure, it would guarantee the ability to re-construct any major drop or jump in the velocity and value of stock transactions.

If we had this in the past, the explanation of the Dow Flash Crash (the 1,000 Point Drop) would have been more accurate.

New services mean new revenues to network carriers. It's too bad they don't have visionaries on staff to dream up these new services. They seem to be stuck in the 1950s like so many other organizations that just can't seem to see the opportunities in the 21st century.

As defined in my book, Location Location Connectivity, there are four steps in the stages of technology. Creation of technology, its Acceptance, its Regulation (by some government entity) and the Enforcement of the regulation. (CARE)

Visualizing the Framework of Technology
When we take a look at this, we see that HFT servers have been created and accepted by just about all the major and middle players in the stock market. We also see that the regulations covering these systems are non-existent and there is no enforcement, because no regulations have been put into any framework (see the CARE diagram).

This is typical for any emerging technology. We see the creation of it. We may or may not see its acceptance. And lagging behind any acceptance is the regulating of it as well as the framework of enforcement of that regulation.

Utilizing Clouds for financial transactions is a must-have for almost all financial organizations. Cloud Transaction Synchronicity© is a hoped-for capability, which should also be a "must-have" in today's network infrastructure environment. As they say, "Timing is everything."

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Carlini's visionary book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY is available on Amazon.

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Copyright 2015 - James Carlini

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James Carlini, MBA, a certified Infrastructure Consultant, keynote speaker and former award-winning Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University, has advised on mission-critical networks. Clients include the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, GLOBEX, and City of Chicago’s 911 Center. An expert witness in civil and federal courts on network infrastructure, he has worked with AT&T, Sprint and others.

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