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The study focuses on US equity infrastructures and is based on conversations with CIOs, CTOs, and heads of technology at 24 sell side firms. Bulge bracket firms accounted for one quarter of total participants, however this equates to two thirds of all bulge bracket firms. The discussions covered usage and trends related to data centers, servers, CPUs, operating systems, networking, hardware acceleration, virtualization, cloud computing and IT organizational structure. Also discussed were top infrastructure projects, expansion plans for 2010, methods for expanding while under budget constraints and decision making factors when purchasing new technology.