Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data centre services, has announced that NYSE Liffe is now offering cross-connect access from Equinix's International Business eXchange (IBX) data centre in Frankfurt (FR2). NYSE Liffe customers based in the Equinix Frankfurt-North data centre can now leverage the Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure (SFTI) European network for lower latency access to the Liffe Connect global derivatives trading platform.
Prior to the launch of SFTI Europe, Frankfurt-based NYSE Liffe customers used traditional telecommunications infrastructures to long-line into London and Paris. This new deal not only enables Equinix Financial eXchange customers within the FR2 data centre to directly link in to the European 10G low latency network for NYSE Liffe, but also provides access to additional markets over the same infrastructure, including NYSE Euronext, NYSE Arca Europe and Smartpool.
"Equinix is committed to providing its growing community of financial customers with the quickest routes to as many markets as possible. By enabling these firms to directly connect to key execution venues, and avoid the time consuming process of long-lining to alternate access centres elsewhere in Europe, we are helping them do more business, more quickly," said Petrina Steele, Equinix's vice president of business development in Europe. "NYSE Liffe is a key venue for Equinix's customers and we are delighted that they have chosen to locate at Equinix Financial eXchange in our Frankfurt data centre."
"Equinix has enabled us to offer existing and new customers in Frankfurt the ability to connect directly into NYSE Liffe with the lowest possible latency" said Gary Jones Group Executive Vice President and Head of Global Derivatives at NYSE Liffe. "This is a significant development for the financial services companies located within Equinix's Frankfurt data centre. Not only does this deal make it easier and quicker for them to trade derivatives on NYSE Liffe, it also helps to reduce the cost of trading, which is essential in today's tough market conditions."