Managed colocation services at more than 30 market venues and third-party proximity data centres

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Exchange Colocation and Proximity Hosting

Colt offers Exchange Colocation in over 30 market venues and third-party proximity data centres in Europe, Asia and North America across asset classes (equities, derivatives, commodities, FX, and others). For added resilience, we can provide proximity hosting for your backup infrastructure by colocating it in our own and other data centres near the exchanges.

Firms can also rely on us to provide, provision, configure and manage hardware without the need to have local presence or own local assets. This releases firms from capex, helping them respond quickly and flexibly to changes in the markets.

Your benefits + features

With the support of Colt, overall security and business continuity was increased even further. The level of security knowledge, particularly for the financial markets, as well as the high standard of technical equipment and personnel required for the data centre, in conjunction with the available internal and external network structures, all pointed towards a solution with Colt

Dietmar Bethke Associate Director of the Infrastructure Department

Benefits and features

  • Optimise market access & trading speed

    When every millisecond counts, you want to get your infrastructure as close as possible to the matching engines at the venues where you trade

  • Increase network resilience & reduce risk

    Colt can help you build a more resilient trading infrastructure by colocating your backup hardware at your own or other data centres near your chosen market venues

  • Start trading sooner at new market venues

    We can provide and manage colocation infrastructure for you at your chosen market venues, to help you avoid capital expenditure and be ready to trade even sooner

  • Connect to global markets

    With 50+ market data feeds connected, and 30+ exchange colocation venues globally, you can connect to a truly global ecosystem

  • Industry experience

    We serve over 450 capital markets customers, including 18 of the top 25 diversified financial groups, 50+ exchange venues and 13 European central banks

  • Supported by the Colt IQ Network

    A 100Gbps intelligent network that's optimised for software-defined networking, network function virtualisation and cloud services

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Our award-winning, captial markets solutions give you the ability to seamlessly interconnect your business, so you can become more responsive to new challenges and opportunities.

Whatever your challenges or questions, let our experts guide you on your connectivity journey.

Additional information

  • The Colt exchange colocation manager server support solution is available in various colocation deployment models, offering greater visibility to suit specific customer’s requirements. These models include:

    • Fully hosted model with Colt racks
    • Hosting on a per-unit basis within Colt racks
    • Client-managed
    • Broker-managed

    Our exchange colocaton services also benefit from our extensive low-latency network which provides secure long-haul connectivity between markets.

  • Colt also offers a proximity hosting solution in strategically located data centres in Asia and Europe. Similar to Colt exchange colocation, it offers:

    • End-to-end fully managed solutions
    • Turnkey access to local financial ecosystems
    • Stringent customer-centric service level agreements for high availability
    • Multi-venue and multi-broker access
  • For customers who require comprehensive support for system onboarding and continuous services for colocation and hosting offerings, Colt also offers a portfolio of managed services, including racking and installation of equipment and devices, connectivity testing, support and monitoring, and ongoing management of the trading infrastructure. Firms looking to minimise Permanent Establishment (PE) exposure can be assured that their vital trading systems are being fully managed by Colt.

    Multilingual capabilities throughout Colt from senior management and sales to the 24 x 7 service desk and operations teams, ensure a ‘soft landing’ for trading firms entering Asia, and Japan in particular.

    Our facilitation services help trading firms tackle language challenges and cultural barriers to enable smooth communication with exchanges, IT providers, regulators and vendors alike.

  • Colt continues to invest in its suite of Capital Markets solutions and underlying network, ensuring it remains equipped to meet the demands of a market where latency and performance are crucial. It has recently invested in the deployment of ultra-low latency, high-precision Arista 7130 Layer 1 switches (formerly Metamako Metamux) at a key exchange venue and is capable to introduce it at other MarketPrizm locations globally.

    These said next-generation switches will allow Colt customers to experience the lowest possible latency to the market switching without the need to invest in or manage Layer 1 switches themselves, ensuring network performance optimised to meet the demands of High Frequency Trading (HFT) solutions and beyond.

  • Colt has key market data expertise with trading infrastructure services, a highly skilled development team and market-data normalisation software. Alongside feed-handler components and APIs for Colt’s normalised market data service, Colt’s software team have also developed a web portal that is used by Colt for real-time monitoring of market data feeds (raw and normalised).

    This portal is used to monitor bandwidth utilisation (at 1s, 10ms and 1ms granularity), message rates, dropped packets A/B Feed latency deltas (microseconds) and can be used to produce daily reports on each.

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