The core banking market was shaken up dramatically last month when Fidelity National Information Services announced plans to buy Metavante, increasing the likelihood of further vendor consolidation at a time when new core projects are almost universally on hold due to the recession and financial industry woes.

The deal would make Fidelity the second largest player in the core banking market, with a combined total of 2,250 bank core processing clients, still dominated by Fiserv's roughly 3,400 bank core processing clients. And what of the smaller players?

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