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Speed, scale and connectivity drive financial markets. As globalization revs up, financial companies need to be literally everywhere at once in order to access global, fragmented markets in multiple asset classes using the latest market data. At the same time latency levels are being continuously forced down, enabled by an ever-shortening technology life-cycle. To keep ahead of these changes, traders are increasingly turning to component outsourcing for services such as data feed handling, analytics, benchmarking or risk management, as well as hosting and infrastructure provision.
Fixnetix is a successful provider of ultra-low latency market data feeds and trading connectivity to banks, hedge funds and proprietary trading groups. The secret to the success of the Fixnetix approach has been to analyze all parts of the technology chain and employ the best industry practices to implement their solution, delivering faster trading speeds, reduced latency, and a greater level of operational cost control to customers.
Key to this approach is the selection of the right partners. Fixnetix started working with Equinix in 2007, colocating in the Equinix FR2 International Business Exchange (IBX®) data center in Frankfurt to benefit from Equinix
“Platform Equinix provides access to the best low-latency networks in the 12 key markets that Fixnetix operates in, including London, Frankfurt, Zurich, Chicago and New York,” explained Al Moore, Head of Business Development at Fixnetix.
Maximising Opportunities with over 60 exchange and trading platforms, 400+ buy-and sell-side firms,
“Equinix attracts the most comprehensive financial services clients worldwide - that’s where we need to be located in order to maximize opportunities,” said Moore.
Speed to Market on a Global Scale
This technology will both reduce power consumption and the footprint of a whole exchange ecosystem which will ultimately result in the shortening of the maximum length of a cross connect to just 50 meters thus creating a more level playing field for trading participants. This closer proximity to multiple market participants further lowers latencies that are already being measured into the nanoseconds.”
A Symbiotic Relationship Driving Growth
Each has enriched the other’s ecosystem by enabling connections to new markets and trading firms, driving mutual growth in the fast-paced international financial services environment.
“Our global expansion has been aided by the excellent working relationship we have with Equinix,” said Al Moore. “With its key financial infrastructure and Exchange relationships, Equinix has enabled Fixnetix to expand rapidly into growing financial markets providing it’s services to those customers seeking the most performant ways of accessing those exchanges.”
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