Some of the busiest stock exchanges in the region have shown a preference for open source software as indicated by the number of installations of Red Hat, one of the companies providing open source solutions.

Red Hat said 10 of the stock exchanges in the region, including the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Tokyo Stock Exchange, join the NYSE Euronext and the Deutsche Boerse in using Red Hat for their mission critical applications.

Other regional stock exchanges running Red Hat solutions are the Singapore Exchange, The Philippine Stock Exchange, Lahore Stock Exchange in Pakistan and the National Commodities & Derivatives Exchange in India.

The software vendor claims that "over 50 per cent of the world's trading volume is powered by Red Hat."

"Red Hat's advanced and innovative open source solutions have become the trusted platform to power mission critical trading applications. Stock exchanges in 22 countries across the globe, 10 of which are from Asia Pacific, are powered by Red Hat," said Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen, vice president of Red Hat Asia Pacific.

Mission critical

Red Hat cited an independent industry report which explains how mission critical systems, such as high volume stock exchanges, can depend on an open source solution.

A recent Gartner report predicts that by 2016, open source software will be used in mission critical software portfolios within 99 per cent of the Global 2000 enterprises, a significant increase over 75 per cent in 2010. Also by 2016, Gartner predicts that 50 per cent of leading non-IT organisations will use open source "as a business strategy to gain competitive advantage."

Singapore's SGX said it needed the open source Red Hat Enterprise Linux to power up its trading engine, SGX Reach, to be able to handle one million order book changes per second per partition, a capacity that is a hundred times that of the existing engine.

The SGX, which has almost 800 listed companies with a market capitalisation of S$901 billion (£459 billion), has a trading volume of about 21.6 billion shares.

Improved results

In the Philippines, Red Hat is helping the PSE double its transaction volume with sacrificing system performance.

"Red Hat is easy to deploy, install and manage. We are really impressed with the performance of the solutions. Our transaction volume has doubled since the partnership started. The solutions offered have directly impacted on our ability to increase customer satisfaction. This augurs well for us as we foresee strong growth in online trading," said Tristan Gillego, officer in charge of the technology division at PSE.

The TSE however is not new to Red Hat. The TSE's derivatives trading system is running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The TSE is now also using Red Hat for its "arrowhead" next generation trading system used for the auction trading of all of TSE's cash products, including stocks and convertible bonds.

"With our new 'arrowhead' trading platform and its millisecond distribution speeds, we have achieved a new level of technology innovation for Tokyo Stock Exchange," said Yoshinori Suzuki, senior managing director and CIO, TSE.

"The high performance, scalability and reliability offered by Red Hat Enterprise Linux, combined with Fujitsu's solid system construction and the services on its server platforms, have provided the technology advances necessary to meet our mission critical system demands."