Features : Deploying Proximity Hosting for Achieving Ultra-low Latency FX
The drive by trading houses and boutiques to secure ultra-low
latency solutions to FX market venues and their matching engines
has been cranked up of late, with deployment of proximity hosting
being a must-have offering. Roger Aitken examines the state of play
in proximity hosting and co-location services, semantics aside.
While the terms Proximity Hosting (PH) and co-location (co-lo)
might not exactly trip off the tongue in conversations between
traders in FX or other asset classes, things are hotting up and
there is something akin to an arms race being fought out between
various providers operating in the space. And, with technology
never standing still, enhancements are always being offered up in
proximity hosting services.
It can be a tad confusing to nail down what the terms themselves
actually mean, with semantics coming into play. "Even the phrase,
proximity hosting, is loosely defined now," says Lee Wade,
managing director, Exponential-e, a next generation provider of
Ethernet solutions for the WAN, that this month launched what it
has dubbed the 'New Gold Standard' in FX algorithmic trading
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