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F7 General FAQ

General

 

What does "F7" stand for?

The "7" denotes it is part of the Deutsche Börse Group "7" platform technology suite, where “F” stands for funding and financing.

What is the purpose of the 'N7' Service Agreement when the Repo system is F7?

N7 is a Deutsche Börse Group Network Solutions product which provides customers connectivity to our platforms, such as Eurex Repo F7.

Why must the "N7 Service Order" form fields for "Internet Connection only" be filled out?

No fields on the form need to be filled out for connectivity (ie. leased line, or internet details) in the "N7 Service Order". In this case only the business parts are relevant.

Are the internet certificate fees applicable on a per user basis?

The "Certificate Access Fee" applies to customers with internet connections only or with connectivity via service providers. The monthly certificate access fees permits the use of 20 concurrent certificates (GUI, API or other). Additional capacity is available on request. For customers having leased line channels to F7 in place, additional access via internet certificate is included, i.e. a customer can use internet in addition to a leased line connection without any additional cost.

 
 

Markets & Reports

 

What report files are generated by the Eurex Repo’s F7? Will F7 be connected to the common report engine?

No reports for Eurex Repo trading are intended and therefore a connection to the CRE is not needed. Business reports (billing) can be accessed via the Member Section available via www.eurexrepo.com.

 
 
 

Technology

 

Is Eurex Repo documentation available on the public area of the Eurex Repo website?

No, not all documentation is provided in the public section (e.g.) Documentation regarding the F7 API is only available in the Member Section.

Do you conduct vulnerability checks and ethical hacks against the public URLs?

Deutsche Börse Group takes care that all state of the art measures, mechanisms, and procedures are in place to ensure security of the web portals and platforms it operates and ensures that all applied functionality is compliant with relevant regulatory and government directives and policies.

Is the Eurex Repo GUI a Java application, or completely browser based?

The Eurex Repo GUI is a pure browser based application. No software needs to be installed. Please refer to the release notes for a list of compatible web browsers.

Does the F7 GUI use the standard TCP/IP port 443 for SSL connectivity?

No, the F7 GUI uses non-standard ports 8443 and 9443 for simulation and production.

Can the F7 Trading GUI be run with Microsoft Internet Explorer, or not?

The Microsoft Internet Explorer, even in the newest versions, implements HTML5 in a significantly different way compared to other browsers (i.e. Chrome, Firefox).
At this point in time, the Microsoft Internet Explorer is not supported by Eurex Repo’s F7 Trading GUI.

Where are the GUI user profiles stored?

The F7 GUI and API are completely server based and hosted on the DBAG platform including the individual user profiles.

Is a Group Profile concept available, i.e. can individual user or master profiles be shared?

User group profiles are planned for a later F7 release.

How can the GUI deployed to the users?

The Repo F7 GUI user can be provided with the appropriate URL by means of desktop shortcuts, browser favorites or a landing page.

How will Eurex Repo provide Market and Reference data?

Market Data is provided via the Trading GUI or the F7 API. Reference Data is available within the Trading GUI or can be received via the F7 API. In addition, Market Data is published via Market Data Providers as today.

As the F7 API is based on AMQP will participants need a certificate for authentication and encryption? If so, what kind of certificate?

The F7 API relies on AMQP for message transfer. To establish a connection, participants need to provide self-signed x.509 certificates for authentication and encryption of the traffic.

Where is the F7 API manual located?

The document can be found in the Eurex Repo Member section under: https://member.eurexrepo.com -> "Repo Resources > Trading System F7 > System Documentation > Release x.x > Eurex Repo Trading Interfaces"

Where is the certificate for the Eurex Repo F7 AMQP broker/server?

The certificate can be found in the Eurex Repo Member section under: https://member.eurexrepo.com -> "Repo Resources > Trading System F7 > System Documentation > Release 1.0 > Eurex Repo Trading Interfaces"

Does the Master Data Broadcast start automatically when a client application connects to the F7 API or must a EmergencyMasterDataBroadcast Request be sent to start the Master Data Broadcast?

As part of the F7 end of day processing, the master data for the next business day will be prepared and published to the master data broadcast topic, and will thereafter be available for the clients to retrieve prior to starting the next business day. The emergency master data broadcast request is only to be used in exceptional situations to inquire a new master data snapshot if it is lost during the trading hours.

What happens to incoming messages if a client application crashes or becomes disconnected intra day?

As soon as a client application has picked up a message from a queue or topic, the message is no longer available for the client application. Messages that have not been consumed so far remain available in the AMQP broker; the client application can re-request the master data using the Emergency function at any time.

Which alternatives to the OTX file exist?

The development of an individual feed file is possible using the F7 API, or an alternative product from an ISV can be acquired. A list of ISVs working on F7 platform services can be found on http://www.eurexrepo.com/repo-en/support/f7/vendors/

What are Eurex Repo's F7 connectivity options?

Eurex Repo's F7 is accessible via leased line and via Internet. Leased line connections will be provided by Eurex Repo and have to be ordered in advance from Eurex Repo. Both F7 API and GUI will make use of SSL encryption for data transfer on leased line and on Internet connections. Please refer to the document “Eurex Repo’s F7 Connectivity Guide” for IP addresses, URLs, and details about x.509 certificate creation.

Is the Eurex Repo certificate handling similar to EurexOTC?

Yes. Eurex Repo’s F7 uses self-created and self-signed x.509 certificates for authentication and encryption. Please refer to the document “Eurex Repo’s F7 Connectivity Guide” for details about x.509 certificate creation.

Who creates the Repo access certificates?

Customers must create their certificates themselves. Please refer to the document “Eurex Repo’s F7 Connectivity Guide” details about x.509 certificate creation.

Can bandwidth options larger than 10Mb/s be ordered?

Yes, on request. (depending on location)

Can bandwidth be ordered into existing co-location installations?

Yes, for colocation customers, leased line pricing of Tier A (Frankfurt) is applicable.

Is a combination of Leased line and Internet connection possible?

A managed "fail-over" service between leased lines and internet is not supported. However, customers can deploy an internet connection beside their active Repo F7 leased lines connectivity as part of a BC/DR solution. In this case, the clients (GUI/API) need to be provided with a separate URL for BC/DR cases since the URLs and IPs are different for Leased line, and internet.

What are the bandwidth requirements for using a third party multiplexer software for a group of users?

Since this is specific to the individual 3rd party software solution, the software vendor must be contacted directly.

When choosing leased line connectivity for Eurex Repo F7, does this imply a new Member LAN address for customers?

Yes, a separate dedicated MemberLAN for Eurex Repo F7 services will be assigned (provided enough bandwidth is available).

Can separate channels for GUI and API be ordered explicitly?

No, this is not possible by design since Repo F7 platform serves both, GUI and API via the same channel. However, a separate leased line for Eurex Repo API can be ordered.

Which network protocols are used?

For GUI and API encrypted SSL over TCP/IP is in place.

Is the F7 back end architecture fault tolerant?

The F7 setup is redundant, i.e. the platform is hosted in two separate DBAG data centers, with redundant network topology.

Must separate certificates for GUI and API be created?

Yes, the F7 System requires separate certificates for GUI and API by design. Please consider our CN /User name conventions for this, i.e. [MEMBERID]+[GUI|API]+[..freetext...] as explained in the "Eurex Repo F7 Connectivity Guide"

Must certificates for each individual user be created?

Either one certificate for an entire organization (=participant certificate), or an individual certificate for each users can be created.

Do certificates for Simulation and Production need to be created separately?

Two separate "technical user accounts" for the Simulation and Production environment need to be setup to upload corresponding certificates in the Member Section.

Are client certificates from trusted CA (like Verisign) supported? Does F7 conduct a root check for client certificates?

The F7 platform supports self-signed x.509 certificates by design only. According to this, the security check is fulfilled when the client owns the certificate to the corresponding public key uploaded into our platform.

Which tool is required to create GUI / API certificates?

Either openSSL or the Java key tool. Please refer to the document “Eurex Repo’s F7 Connectivity Guide” for details about x.509 certificate creation.

How long do GUI / API certificates remain valid?

The x.509 certificates can have a maximum validity of three years.

Which kind of server certificates are in place (CA and type)?

The F7 API servers have COMODO certificates in place and these are server specific certificates.