As I understand it, and I have to confess I'm not an 'insider', so I'm relaying what I've been told... a small collection of brokers based in Chicago set up the ZenFire operation. They own the infastructure and ZenFire name. These same brokers supply the ZenFire feed (currently via NinjaTrader - but they are in development with other 3rd party front end suppliers currently).
I assume their business model is "how can we differentiate ourselves as brokers? By supplying the fastest most reliable live ONLY data.". They do not provide historical data as I understand it. I believe that NinjaTrader store an amount of data from ZenFire as it comes in for historical charting purposes. ZenFire is a futures only feed that covers pretty much all the big liquid futures in the US and Europe.
I have to admit it's a little confusing. However, if you've never seen a Zen Fire feed I urge you to take a look. It is literally lighting quick and rock solid stable. It's never gone down on me, and is a multiple of times quicker than eSignal for live trading.
Pat should be able to clear things up for you. But I think bottom line is, if you want a ZenFire feed you will have to trade through one of about four futures brokers who 'own' the feed. But I think it's a very worthwhile string to have to you guys at RightEdge's bow. And hopefully should be relatively easy to implement (famous last words!).
Wednesday April 23 2008 by