Volta’s Great Sutton Street Data Centre Welcomes Custom Connect as a New Carrier with Microwave Connectivity

Volta’s Great Sutton Street Data Centre Welcomes Custom Connect as a New Carrier with Microwave Connectivity


Volta Data Centres, the specialist provider of data centres to the financial, media and content industries is pleased to welcome Custom Connect, the provider of worldwide carrier-neutral connectivity, to their Great Sutton Street Data Centre.

Catering to the requirements of latency-sensitive users in the financial services industry, Volta Great Sutton Street is ideally located in close proximity to City-based trading firms. The combination of Volta’s 33kV diverse power supply and range of carriers with their own fibre connectivity makes Volta Great Sutton Street the most connected and resilient data centre in central London.

Custom Connect, headquartered in Amsterdam has recently expanded its footprint opening up a new office staffed with an experienced team in the City of London. The new partnership with Volta will enable Custom Connect to deliver their services in the heart of the City of London in a state of the art carrier neutral facility. Custom Connect’s full portfolio will become available including the possibility to connect to ultra low latency microwave transmission services.

Julian King, Commercial Director, Volta, said: “We are delighted to welcome Custom Connect into our facility. Working with Custom Connect means we can offer more customer choice in connectivity (both fixed and wireless) for the financial sector, bringing increasing advantages of low-latency and connectivity in accessing both the UK and global financial markets.”

Gareth Richardson, General Manager of Custom Connect Ventures UK, said: “Volta’s Great Sutton Street Data Centre is right on the doorstep of the City of London which is perfect for our trading clients who require high-speed connectivity and resiliency. We placed the highest priority on finding the most reliable, best connected data centre which was in the right location for our customers and we are confident that Volta’s Great Sutton Street Data Centre is the best option.”


Volta Announces the Appointment of Colo-X as Sole Agent for New, Ultra-Low Latency, Central London Data Centre


Volta Announces the Appointment of Colo-X as Sole Agent for New, Ultra-Low Latency, Central London Data Centre


Volta, the specialist provider of data centres to the financial, media and content industries, today announces it has appointed Colo-X, The Colocation Exchange, to act as sole agent for Volta’s new Great Sutton Street data centre. The data centre, based in the iconic former Reuters building on Great Sutton Street, EC1, is ideally suited for businesses utilising latency-sensitive services in the City as well as content, new media and cloud service providers in Soho or London’s Silicon Roundabout. The building has served the data centre needs of the City for over 25 years and, following a complete refurbishment, will take on a new lease of life as a state-of-the-art data centre facility built to the highest industry standards.

Volta will take ownership of the site in June 2012 and the data centre will be fully operational from early 2013. The facility will provide flexible data centre space, such as colocation and private caged data suites, tailored to individual business needs. It will have the most resilient power supply available in central London through connection to two 33kv substations. It will also provide access to a number of telecommunications providers, such as those already present on the site – Colt, Verizon, C&W, BT, AboveNet, EU Networks and GEO Networks – allowing potential customers immediate access to a wide range of the world’s leading connectivity services.

Colo-X, specialist agents for data centres, colocation, managed hosting and related services, will work with Volta to build a diverse and vibrant marketplace within the Great Sutton Street facility, focusing on the sales of both individual cabinets and secure caged areas. Colo-X has been an independent agent for the retail colocation market for over 13 years and through its deep understanding of the UK data centre market, will help companies find their optimal data centre solution at Volta Great Sutton Street.

“We are delighted to be working with Volta as the sole agent for its Great Sutton Street site and can’t wait for the facility to open early next year”, said Tim Anker, founder of Colo-X. “We are confident that Volta’s Great Sutton Street site will be ideal for those companies in the financial services industries seeking ultra-low latency access to the key liquidity trading venues as well as other content, media and cloud based businesses”.

Julian King, Commercial Director of Volta said, “Colo-X is the ideal partner to work alongside us and market the Great Sutton Street data centre to the financial, media and content businesses in the area. We look forward to working with them on this unique site and vital strategic development for the Central London data centre market”.

CNSX Markets (Canadian Nat Stock Exch + Pure Trading) Deploys Point of Presence in Equinix TR1 Data Center

CNSX Markets (Canadian Nat Stock Exch + Pure Trading) Deploys Point of Presence in Equinix TR1 Data Center


Newswire | June 11, 2013 – 2:47pm

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced that  CNSX Markets Inc. (CNSX Markets) has deployed a point of presence (PoP) in Equinix’s TR1 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center in Toronto, Canada.

Highlights / Key Facts

·         Spurred by requests from customers already located in the Equinix TR1 facility, CNSX Markets expanded its infrastructure into TR1 to streamline connectivity and reduce costs.

·         CNSX Markets, a recognized stock exchange, is the operator of two venues: the Canadian National Stock Exchange (CNSX) and Pure Trading™. CNSX is a venue for listing and trading of Canadian public companies, primarily in their early stage of development. Pure Trading provides a low latency/high performance continuous auction market system for securities listed on other Canadian stock exchanges. 

·         Location directly affects cost trajectories, system performance and a financial institution’s ability to keep up with fast moving trends. CNSX Markets’ new PoP in Toronto positions its systems for maximum connectivity, performance and agility, which lowers the barrier to entry for dealer participation.

·         Equinix’s TR1 IBX data center is located in the preeminent telecommunications carrier hotel and data center facility in Canada. TR1 provides CNSX Markets with a full array of premium data center and support services with extensive network choice and the ability to interconnect to customers and partners across the financial services ecosystem.


·         Richard Carleton, CEO, CNSX Markets:

“The Equinix data center in downtown Toronto represents a significant concentration of equity market liquidity in Canada. As an organization, we are constantly looking for ways to assist our dealers and other market participants to reduce costs and network management challenges. By offering our customers a low cost, high performance access to our services through the new point of presence at Equinix we can broaden the access and visibility of our marketplaces.”

·         Stewart Orrell, managing director, Global Financial Services, Equinix:

“CNSX’s point of presence will be a valuable addition to our growing financial ecosystem, offering direct access to an even wider range of securities and market data available from one location.” 


A New Data Center Option in Old London :: TabbFORUM – Where Capital Markets Speak

A New Data Center Option in Old London :: TabbFORUM – Where Capital Markets Speak.

Julian King, Commercial Director of VOLTA talks to ATMonitor

Julian King, Commercial Director of VOLTA talks to ATMonitor


In advance pf launches of QDII2 and RQDII, NTT Communications Sets New Industry Benchmark with HK’sFirst Financial Data Centre

In advance pf launches of QDII2 and RQDII, NTT Communications Sets New Industry Benchmark with HK’sFirst Financial Data Centre


NTT Communications Corporation strengthens Hong Kong SAR’s strategic claim as Asia’s pre-eminent financial market and ICT Hub with the unveiling of the new Hong Kong Financial Data Centre (FDC™). Leveraging the company’s wide, ultra-low latency networks and close proximity to the data centre operations of regional exchanges, the purpose-built data centre offers top-notch IT and network infrastructure to address the growing needs for industries like finance and cloud business with the most stringent requirements. The Tier IV* ready FDC offers 100% uptime service level and unrivalled security measures to protect the mission-critical data assets of enterprises.

Phase One of the FDC was opened with impressive prestige on 31 May 2013. Mr. Akira Arima, the President & CEO of NTT Communications and Mr. Takanobu Maeda, President & CEO, NTT Com Asia Limited officiated the grand opening ceremony and were joined by guests-of-honour:
* Ambassador Hitoshi Noda, Consul General, Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong
* Ms. Susie Ho Shuk-yee, JP, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Technology)
* Mr. Charles Mok, a Member of the Legislative Council (IT Functional Constituency);

During the opening remarks, Ms. Ho said, “The Hong Kong Government is committed to promoting the development of high-tier data centres. Today the Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate houses a cluster of 12 high-tier data centres, occupying a total of 20 hectares of land and the Hong Kong
Financial Data Centre of NTT is the latest addition to this impressive data centre family. These centres with stringent performance requirements provide valuable support to the business operations
and growth of both our local and international enterprises.”

The FDC comes online as Hong Kong’s finance industry is experiencing rapid changes and increasing demand for enhanced IT infrastructure. Hong Kong houses the sixth largest stock exchange in the world and capital inflow is also expected to see a meteoric rise with the launches of QDII2 and RQDII pilot scheme. Many regional financial services institutions (FSIs) are boosting their IT capabilities in preparation for increasing market opportunities. As a result, computer-driven trading is forecasted to comprise 58% for all equities trading in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and India this year.

“By building the FDC, we seized an important market opportunity to play an imperative role in providing a technology infrastructure that helps industry players address their business needs and support their alignment. The fact that 80% of Phase One has already been reserved not only illustrates that this is a decision well-made, it also offers testament to our commitment in building Hong Kong as an important financial and ICT hub,” said Mr. Maeda. Phase Two of the FDC is
expected to be completed in 2015.

Designed with state-of-the-art and green technology, the FDC offers essential infrastructure for FSIs in Hong Kong to strengthen their strategic positions in Asia and remain competitive. The new Tier IV
ready data centre boasts utmost redundancy with continuous cooling system, continuous rating generators and compartmentalized infrastructure design, providing the highest level of service
availability. The two phases has over 70,000 m2 of gross floor area and over 6,000 racks in total. In addition to its high capacity, the FDC is also equipped with an 8-tiered security access control, offering a strong value proposition for industry players who are most concerned about their data asset.

S&P Capital IQ RealTime Solutions connects to HKEx

S&P Capital IQ RealTime Solutions connects to HKEx


First Published 22nd May 2013

S&P Capital IQ’s real time solutions extends QuantLINK low latency and co-location hosting services into HKEx Datacentre

S&P Capital IQ’s Real Time Solutions has extended its low latency connectivity and co-location services to Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, through its QuantLINK solution.

Buy- and sell-side firms in the region will now have access to the offering, while global clients will gain an optimised data feed and order routing services.

Stephane Leroy, Vice-President, Head of Global Real Time Solutions commented: “Connecting with the HKEx ecosystem marks another important milestone in our growth in the Asian market. We are keen to continue optimising trading performance for both new and established players, while broadening our offering though additional ‘Points of Presence’, particularly in this key region.”

“The extension of QuantFEED to HKEx will provide a robust and reliable service through which to access our high-performance market data system. We welcome the inclusion of S&P Capital IQ’s Real Time Solutions to our hosting services ecosystem,” concluded HKEx Vice President and Head of Hosting Services, Jonathan Leung.

PT DCI and Equinix Announce Opening of New Data Center in Indonesia

PT Data Center Infrastructure Indonesia (PT DCI), in partnership with Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced the opening of its data center facility located at Cibitung, West Java.

via Pocket http://www.bobsguide.com//guide/news/2013/May/14/pt-dci-and-equinix-announce-opening-of-new-data-center-in-indonesia.html May 15, 2013 at 07:12PM

A Market in reselling carrier neutral, high-performance network solutions, connectivity services

Here is a good example of a Market in reselling carrier neutral connectivity services.

New Financial Trading Infrastructure Services of Custom Connect #TradeTech
London, ExCel Exhibition Centre, TradeTech Expo, booth 24 – Wed, 17 April 2013 – Custom Connect, the provider of advanced carrier neutral connectivity services, announced that it has become a NYSE Euronext Application Services Provisider (ASP). As an NYSE Euronext ASP, Custom Connect is allowed to connect its customers to NYSE Euronext and to provide the infrastructure services that are needed for trading. Custom Connect enables its customers to leverage high-speed connectivity and to dramatically reduce the infrastructure costs that are related to trading on NYSE Euronext. The well-known Dutch trading company Webb Traders was the first to see the potential of Custom Connect’s solution and became the launching customer.

Custom Connect and Greenclouds partner up to ensure high availability in the cloud
Amersfoort, The Netherlands – Tue, 22 January 2013 – The partnership is a logical step of two complementary businesses, serving and enabling Cloud Service Brokers in their need for high available cloud services.

Datacenter Meppel kondigt samenwerking aan met Custom Connect voor carrier-neutrale connectiviteit
Amersfoort, The Netherlands – Wed, 14 November 2012 – DATACENTER MEPPEL, innovatieve leverancier van datacenter diensten, maakt vandaag bekend dat het een samenwerking aangaat met Custom Connect, wereldwijd reseller van high-performance netwerkoplossingen, voor de connectiviteit van een nieuw Tier-3 datacenter in Meppel. Door deze samenwerking is Datacenter Meppel in staat full-service, carrier-neutrale connectiviteit aan te bieden via een “meet-me-room op afstand”.

Custom Connect launches Custom Connect MicroWave
Amersfoort, The Netherlands – Wed, 10 October 2012 – CUSTOM CONNECT, a global reseller of high-performance network solutions, today announced the launch of its subsidiary Custom Connect MicroWave (MW) BV. This new company specializes in the design, construction and support of ultra low-latency microwave connections for the financial community.

Custom Connect Needs Your Help to Become a National Champion for The Netherlands in the European Business Awards
Amersfoort, The Netherlands – Fri, 21 September 2012 – Custom Connect B.V. is asking supporters to visit the European Business Awards website to view their video and vote for Custom Connect.

Custom Connect has been selected as one of the finalists for the European Business Awards.
Amersfoort, The Netherlands – Tue, 5 June 2012 – CUSTOM CONNECT BV, a global reseller of high-performance network solutions, today announced that it has been selected as one of the finalists for the European Business Awards 2012.

Custom Connect Delivers Connectivity Solution to arvato Systems
Amersfoort, The Netherlands – Tue, 8 May 2012 – CUSTOM CONNECT BV, a global reseller of high-performance network solutions, today announced the delivery of bespoke Ethernet connectivity to arvato Systems, an international systems integrator within the arvato group, the outsourcing service provider of Bertelsmann AG. It concerns a dedicated Gigabit Wavelength connection between Frankfurt and Amsterdam.

Custom Connect Offers Lowest Possible Latency between São Paulo and New Jersey at below 106.1ms RTD
Amersfoort, The Netherlands – Wed, 18 April 2012 – Custom Connect, a global reseller of high-performance network solutions, announced today that it delivers the lowest possible latency of 106.0ms round-trip between leading financial exchanges in São Paulo, Brazil and New Jersey, USA.

TradeTech London Press Release
London, United Kingdom – Thu, 29 March 2012 – TradeTech 2012, Europe’s largest gathering of equity and derivatives traders from buy and sell side institutions, as well as their technology and trading venue partners is taking place in less than 4 weeks time.

Switch Datacenters and Custom Connect to Offer Carrier-Neutral Low Latency Connectivity Facilities to Co-Location Clients in Amsterdam
Amersfoort, The Netherlands – Thu, 8 March 2012 – Switch Datacenters, a high-density carrier-neutral datacenter in Amsterdam’s South East business district, today announced that it will enter a cooperation with Custom Connect, a global carrier-neutral reseller of high-performance network solutions, to deliver ultra low-latency connectivity facilities to its clients.

Equinix – Custom Connect Customer Success Story
Amersfoort, The Netherlands – Tue, 6 March 2012 – Equinix provides the basis for a highly scalable solution, to guarantee the highest standards of performance and low latency for customers of Custom Connect.

Custom Connect Provides Carrier-Neutral Services to Interxion Clients
Amersfoort, The Netherlands – Fri, 9 December 2011 – Interxion Holding NV (NYSE:INXN), a leading European provider of carrier-neutral colocation information centre services, today announced that Custom Connect, a carrier-neutral reseller of network solutions, is to provide bespoke carrier-neutral connectivity services to Interxion’s customers across Europe.

Custom Connect’s Low-Latency Connectivity between Mexico City and New York City Selected by Leading Global Trader
Amersfoort, The Netherlands – Thu, 17 November 2011 – Custom Connect provides latency between MexDer and COMEX/NYSE Arca below 55ms RTD.

Custom Connect’s Low-Latency Connectivity between Frankfurt and Singapore Selected by Leading Global Trader
Amersfoort, The Netherlands – Wed, 27 July 2011 – Custom Connect, a global reseller of high-performance network solutions, today announced that a major worldwide financial trader selected Custom Connect to deliver connectivity between Frankfurt, Germany and Singapore.

Article Equinix & Custom Connect

Custom Connect Delivers Connectivity to Mtel
Amersfoort, The Netherlands – Mon, 21 March 2011 – Custom Connect today announced the delivery of Ethernet connectivity to Mtel, a specialist in call center and self-service solutions.

Custom Connect Delivers Connectivity to Moscow Financial Exchange
Amersfoort, The Netherlands – Tue, 8 February 2011 – Amersfoort, The Netherlands – February 8, 2011 – Custom Connect, a global reseller of high-performance network solutions, today announced that a leading European financial trader selected Custom Connect to deliver connectivity to Moscow, Russia. It concerns a dedicated 1G Ethernet connection between a leading financial exchange in Spånga, Sweden and a large stock exchange in Russia.

Custom Connect Delivers Transatlantic Low-Latency Connectivity to Leading European Financial Trader
Amersfoort, The Netherlands – Thu, 28 October 2010 – Custom Connect today announced that one of Europe’s leading financial traders selected Custom Connect’s transatlantic connectivity solution. It concerns a dedicated 10G network route between New York City and Equinix in Slough.

‘Opening Doors’ of Data Centers Improves the Market courtesy of The TABB Group

NYSE Euronext’s move to open its Mahwah data center to third-party carriers is a game-changer for financial firms regarding cost, latency and market-to-market connectivity.
The NYSE liquidity center in Mahwah, NJ, opened its “doors” to diverse carriers for the first time on March 1, 2013. This highly anticipated move created opportunity for financial firms seeking alternate fiber routes and for suppliers looking to expand services.

Speculation surrounded the impact this move would create. Would new routes provide a substantial latency reduction? Would customers be held hostage by premium pricing? Would new routes provide better connectivity from market to market?

The answers are starting to emerge. As the first new carrier to go live in the facility, HFNsaw pent-up demand in Mahwah. Customers could not get the performance and throughput they desired from the previous connectivity options. From my perspective, this move is a game-changer for financials regarding cost, latency and market-to-market connectivity.

Network providers were eager to announce plans for ultra-low-latency routes, but as of today, few have delivered. While designing ultra-low-latency routes is complex, the investment can pay dividends for customers and carriers. Carriers that have acted with transparency, creative thinking and a small amount of risk have taken the lead. Innovative construction strategies must be utilized to efficiently construct while ensuring a path that materially improves latency. In our case, after a complex build that began a year ago, paths leading out of our Mahwah route reduced latency by an average of 41% per path. The latency reduction speaks for itself.

Early speculation about the Mahwah routes assumed financials would have to pay top dollar to gain access to new routes. Until a few years ago, paying a premium for low latency was the norm. In the past, clients would pay just about anything for a financial edge. Those days are dead and gone. Today, there is a balance between cost and latency reduction. A 10% latency reduction is no longer as attractive as it was a few years ago. Companies will not overpay for a new route. The competition is greater and margins are thinner for financial clients, and they are more mindful than ever of what they spend on connectivity.

Companies still want the lowest possible latency, but now the customer is more cost-conscious. They need to get the best bang for their buck, with clearly identifiable ROI. Carriers have to find creative solutions to deliver the best possible value. Carriers simply have to crack that formula to enjoy happy customers and great success.

[Related: “Microwave: The Fastest Route Between Two Points”]

The final piece of the puzzle is inter-market connectivity. Premier connectivity between the major markets is a key selling point for financials. Paths leading from the NYSE Mahwah facility to strategic locations in Carteret (Nasdaq), Weehawken (BATS), Secaucus (Direct Edge) and Newark (NYSE’s SFTI) are delivering the essential routes for traders that want to be on top of the industry.

Financials were eager to get access to the lowest-latency and market-to-market connectivity at a price that allows for the targeted ROI. The need to purchase service before route capacity maxed out was recognized, so many financials reserved space even before the routes went live. Many wanted the 30%+ latency reduction from the minute it was available. A head start could mean larger margins for a period of time.

The customer is always right. So far, the customer is speaking loud and clear. Financials need the lowest-latency. Right now, that means they need to be connected to routes coming out of the NYSE facility in Mahwah.

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