Deutsche BÃ¶rse Systems, the IT division of Deutsche BÃ¶rse Group, and Equinix, Inc., (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data centre services, today announced the completion of a strategic data centre services contract, which will both increase data centre capacity and improve execution times for algorithmic traders located in Frankfurt. From 2011 onwards, Equinixâs FR2 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre, will serve as the new main data centre for Deutsche BÃ¶rse Group in Frankfurt, where electronic trading platforms will be deployed, and acting as the central colocation site for customers of Eurex, the international derivatives exchange, and Xetra, the cash market within Deutsche BÃ¶rse Group.
The Equinix FR2 IBX data centre has been selected for its maximum security and resilience, its proven service performance, its ability to offer a variety of low latency network solutions and for its green IT features. The site, which is currently undergoing an â¬12 million expansion, also offers ample space for the growing colocation needs of Deutsche BÃ¶rse Group customers. The data centre is already home to an established and growing community of financial market participants, including buy and sell side firms, market data providers and specialist financial network providers. The addition of Deutsche BÃ¶rseâs trading engines to this community will strengthen its position as a leading financial markets data centre in Europe.
This deal is the latest in a long line between the two companies. Equinix already successfully provides data centre solutions to Deutsche BÃ¶rse Group in Frankfurt, Chicago, New York and Paris.
"We are convinced that this strategic partnership with Equinix will provide maximum benefit to our global customer base, with the data centre offering an attractive and strong financial hub for Deutsche BÃ¶rse Groupâs data centre operations," states Matthias Kluber, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks and Infrastructure at Deutsche BÃ¶rse Systems. "This partnership has been developed to a level that ensures that it serves as a solid foundation for all companies and institutions that seek the fastest and most efficient access to continental Europeâs financial markets."
âDeutsche BÃ¶rse Groupâs decision to locate the matching engines for its key exchanges at our FR2 IBX data centre is a tremendous vote of confidence for Equinix, illustrating our ability to support the mission-critical operations of the worldâs most demanding financial services firms,â said Eric Schwartz, president of Equinix Europe. âThe current expansion of our Frankfurt data centre means Equinix is well positioned to support new customers connecting to the Eurex and Xetra exchanges, and we very much look forward to working closely with the Deutsche Boerse Group to grow this community of market participants.â