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Setup Dedicated Machine Chicago - My experience

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Steadfast has been excellent. Not one single problem. Still get latency under 1ms. Sorry took me so long to answer this just saw it.

Going to a machine is chicago has been one of the best investments in trading I have ever made. Peace of mind and speed worth every penny.

I can't agree more, they are hosting futures.io (formerly BMT) servers and the physical servers for my trading VPS business, and they are really good, fast and efficient.
@Big Mike and I have tried a lot of different hosters, that was a long and painful process, and sometimes dramaticaly funny to see how bad were some of them (real examples):
- "your server is done ? Sorry, I powered off the wrong server",
- "you can't reach your server ? It's OK, it's just one of our daily DOS attack, it will be back online sooner or later"
- and have to use Twitter to reach the support: "yes, you can't reach the support, all of our servers are down, we were making an electrical test, something goes wrong"

The single problem with SteadFast is their prices, a bit higher than the other guys, and it's very hard to negociate with them.

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The single problem with SteadFast is their prices, a bit higher than the other guys, and it's very hard to negociate with them.

What's an extra $100 a month compared to peace of mind, the best performing network, and reliability/stability? Any time I've ever sent a support email to them, I received a well written reply within 1-2 minutes. I've talked to the owner before and I really like this company.

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I can't agree more, their are hosting futures.io (formerly BMT) servers and the physical servers for my trading VPS business, and they are really good, fast and efficient.
@Big Mike and I have tried a lot of different hosters, that was a long and painful process, and sometimes dramaticaly funny to see how bad were some of them (real examples):
- "your server is done ? Sorry, I powered off the wrong server",
- "you can't reach your server ? It's OK, it's just one of our daily DOS attack, it will be back online sooner or later"
- and have to use Twitter to reach the support: "yes, you can't reach the support, all of our servers are down, we were making an electrical test, something goes wrong"

The single problem with SteadFast is their prices, a bit higher than the other guys, and it's very hard to negociate with them.

Sam great to hear you are using them. You are right on price they are tough to negotiate with. They know they have a superior product and just won't budge (I tried). But definite worth it to avoid the pain most hosts dish out.

Keep your eyes out for deals. Since you are doing more than 1 server and may expand with your business . Every once in a while they offer a great deal. But if they offer they usually will not let you trade a server out for it. But if you add capacity you can usually get the deal. Deals are rare but they do happen.

"The day I became a winning trader was the day it became boring. Daily losses no longer bother me and daily wins no longer excited me. Took years of pain and busting a few accounts before finally got my mind right. I survived the darkness within and now just chillax and let my black box do the work."

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What's an extra $100 a month compared to peace of mind, the best performing network, and reliability/stability? Any time I've ever sent a support email to them, I received a well written reply within 1-2 minutes. I've talked to the owner before and I really like this company.

Mike

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I agree 100%. A few times I have thought I could pay so much less. But really it is a fraction of what it cost to trade. I like fact you can get them on phone and as you mentioned fast responses to emails. The company is run exceptionally well. Which as you know is very hard to find in the hosting world. The reliability and speed has been stellar for me to this point.

"The day I became a winning trader was the day it became boring. Daily losses no longer bother me and daily wins no longer excited me. Took years of pain and busting a few accounts before finally got my mind right. I survived the darkness within and now just chillax and let my black box do the work."
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Update: A little over a year and my experience with Steadfast has been stellar. No unplanned downtime and lightning fast. Worth the higher price so far.

"The day I became a winning trader was the day it became boring. Daily losses no longer bother me and daily wins no longer excited me. Took years of pain and busting a few accounts before finally got my mind right. I survived the darkness within and now just chillax and let my black box do the work."
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My strategies are coded in Ninjascript. Only thing I run on my server is NT7.

I have access to r trader on another computer. But only use it for a backup to exit trades if NT went down while I was in a trade. I

Do you only allow your Strategies to be running when you are at your computer or do you allow it to run even when you are away and/or during nighttime?

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Do you only allow your Strategies to be running when you are at your computer or do you allow it to run even when you are away and/or during nighttime?

@birdoggg at night my strategy is on but essentially paused as there is not enough liquidity for most markets so dangerous to trade. I will let it run when I am away but anytime a trade is entered I get a text and email. I can then access via computer, tablet or even phone to check on it. I just try to make sure I can access if needed. If I am going to be on a plane without internet service or something like that I will turn strategy off.

"The day I became a winning trader was the day it became boring. Daily losses no longer bother me and daily wins no longer excited me. Took years of pain and busting a few accounts before finally got my mind right. I survived the darkness within and now just chillax and let my black box do the work."

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@birdoggg at night my strategy is on but essentially paused as there is not enough liquidity for most markets so dangerous to trade. I will let it run when I am away but anytime a trade is entered I get a text and email. I can then access via computer, tablet or even phone to check on it. I just try to make sure I can access if needed. If I am going to be on a plane without internet service or something like that I will turn strategy off. Glad to answer your question although kind of outside scope of this thread so Mike may want to move it.

How do you access your strategy by phone?

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How do you access your strategy by phone?

There are several apps for that some free, some not. They allow you to remote desktop into the server. I don't have to use it much so I've been using the "2X Client". There are no server side installs and it works as a remote desktop client for Android phones. The only drawback that I have seen is that it can use up a lot of bandwidth.

There are some other options, "Ericom Blaze" is a remote desktop accelerator that reduces bandwidth consumption and improves responsiveness of the remote desktop connection. But it costs money.

There are still many more apps out there. So if others have reviews of their experience it would be good to hear about them.

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How do you access your strategy by phone?

@monpere I use remote desktop on my Android phone. Screen is a little small so only good for checking on things. I can also tether my nexus7 (larger screen) to my phone if I need more screen real estate to turn strategies off/ on etc.

By using phone almost always have a data connection which gives me more degrees of freedom.

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