On Saturday, October 25, 2008, CME Group will participate in the FIA sponsored industry-wide disaster recovery test, which will include U.S. futures exchanges, clearinghouses, FCMs, and back office bookkeeping software providers. All CME Group member firms are strongly encouraged to participate in this very crucial test. In order to monitor participation and progress, firms are asked to register with the FIA. To register online go to the FIA website: http://www.futuresindustry.org/disaster/dr-test-registration.asp
In preparation for this important test, CME Clearing has scheduled two preliminary tests for member firms on Saturday, September 27th and Saturday, October 18th, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CDT). The purpose of these preliminary tests is to ensure that firms are able to connect from their sites to CME Clearing Remote Data Center.
Preliminary Ping Testing Components
CME will stage and make changes to its firewall to enable firms to reach the addresses at the RDC. There will be two components to this testing:
- FTP Access: Firms must make the required network changes to enable access to the RDC FTP server address Firms must also log on to the FTP server. Firms are not required to send/receive data to/from the FTP server for this test. However, we will provide a Settlement Price file for any firms wishing to test server access and loading of data.
NOTE: Firms may execute this portion of the test on their own without scheduling time with CME Clearing staff. Upon successful completion of this stage of the test, firms should notify the CME Clearing and schedule the next stage of the test which is MQ testing.
- MQ Ping: CME Clearing and firm staff must complete an MQ ping. No production MQ messages will be sent since we are only testing access to RDC MQ queues. Firms should make certain that there are NO messages in your outbound (TRADIN) queues before you begin your test.If messages are sent to the RDC, they cannot be retrieved by CME and moved to Chicago Data Center MQ queues; although, firms can certainly resend them.
Your existing network configuration will remain intact. The only change required for connectivity to the RDC is the addition of a route statement.
Important: for a complete list of the CME RDC IP addresses and port numbers, please contact CME Clearing House at (312) 207-2525.
We ask that you contact the CME Clearing Services at (312) 207-2525 or firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your firm’s participation. If you have any questions concerning the test or if you encounter any problems during testing please do not hesitate to contact us.