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kevinkdog this is exactly the type of first hand review that I was hoping for in this thread, thanks! BTW, love the picture and quality time with the family...... but you know I use a mobile App to access my VPS and I would probably be using even in "The Log",


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I thought I'd share with you my experience with a VPS (Virutal Private Server) for trading...

Normally in my trading, I am at or near my PC all the time, watching many automated strategies. And, I have a VERY stable and reliable internet connection - I think it has gone down only 1, maybe 2, times in the past year - for very short periods of time. Finally, my strategies are "slow" - latency and time delays of even a few seconds are not a big deal to me, so having my strategies co-located or near the exchange servers is not a requirement. Any one of these is a very good reasons to have a VPS, since it can help with all of these issues.

But, as time marches one, I have been travelling more, and trading more automated strategies. The travel part is the big thing. I have found myself being away from my home computer more and more, so having my strategies run on a VPS becomes much easier. I still have to check things once in a while, but it is nice being with my kids on Splash Mountain at Disneyworld, for example, and still have my strategies running on a VPS.

(Here I am in the first row, thinking about how my strategies are running fine on the VPS while I have fun...)




When I realized I needed a VPS, I did some research, and settled on Speedy Trading Servers ( Speedy Trading Servers | trading servers). I already knew the owner, Sam, from futures.io (formerly BMT), and I knew what a reliable, helpful and trustworthy person he is. That made my decision a lot easier. His VPS solution has turned out to be a really good service for me.

Right now, I am using the medium VPS service, https://www.ninjatraderbrokerage.com/hosting_services, and it works really well (although I think I am starting to bump up with the memory limits, and may need to go the next step higher sometime soon). It is affordable and reliable. That is a key combination for me! I only use it when I am travelling, but I would feel comfortable running it all the time. Someday soon I might do just that.

In short, I am very, very happy with Speedy Trading Servers.

If you find yourself needing a VPS for your trading, definitely take a look at speedytradingservers.com.

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I had a VPS from Speedytradingservers.com a few years ago for a brief time. I just signed up again today for a VPS and have to say Sam was able to go above and beyond. I was in a pinch and needed it setup within the hour and Sam was able to accomodate me.

I wish all vendors were this accommodating !!!


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kevinkdog this is exactly the type of first hand review that I was hoping for in this thread, thanks! BTW, love the picture and quality time with the family...... but you know I use a mobile App to access my VPS and I would probably be using even in "The Log",


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I had a VPS from Speedytradingservers.com a few years ago for a brief time. I just signed up again today for a VPS and have to say Sam was able to go above and beyond. I was in a pinch and needed it setup within the hour and Sam was able to accomodate me.

I wish all vendors were this accommodating !!!

My pleasure!

On my side I'm very lucky with my users (I should say clients but I don't like the word). When they leave, and this is usually when I receive direct comments about the services provided, it's always because they don't need it anymore, never because they didn't liked it. More than the very good technical metrics (uptime, delay for support calls, ...) this is what I'm really proud of.
I think that not having a "seller cabled" mind, not trying to sell anything to everyone (if you don't understand what you're buying, don't buy it!), also helped to have an excellent relationship with our users.
I add a blog post on Speedy's web site with some of the last user's comments, true and unsollicited!

And remember, all started here in 01/2011, on this very forum. Few years later hundreds of users, from 40 different countries, a new location opening next week (in Europe), all good!


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... Few years later hundreds of users, from 40 different countries, a new location opening next week (in Europe),...

Any news on that?

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Any news on that?

Yes, it's up and running.
The servers are in France, 11 ms from Frankfurt, 18 ms from IB servers in Europe (Zug, Switzerland), 25 ms to CQG servers in London. So the latency is not as good as it is in Chicago and NJ, but good enough IMHO, worth a try.
By default, at least to start, it will be big VPS, 4 cores @3.4Ghz / 12 GB.

@Koepisch, if you want to try send me an email, I have a trial slot ready for you .

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Are there any issues using a 4G internet connection with a VPS particularly if there are connection issues? (brief drops of data conectivity)

I have been having a real issue with the continuum data feed/Ninja trader on my 4G connection. For some reason the market data will stop and the only way to restart it is to manually disconnect the live data feed in Ninja and reconnect even though I still have internet.

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Are there any issues using a 4G internet connection with a VPS particularly if there are connection issues? (brief drops of data conectivity)

I have been having a real issue with the continuum data feed/Ninja trader on my 4G connection. For some reason the market data will stop and the only way to restart it is to manually disconnect the live data feed in Ninja and reconnect even though I still have internet.

No.
The RDP connection from your 4G device can be down a minute or so, the RDP client will try to reconnect to the VPS. If it's longer then you'll have to reconnect the Remote Desktop client to the VPS.
And on the VPS itself the network link is not correlated to your remote connection failure so the data feed link will stay up.

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No.
The RDP connection from your 4G device can be down a minute or so, the RDP client will try to reconnect to the VPS. If it's longer then you'll have to reconnect the Remote Desktop client to the VPS.
And on the VPS itself the network link is not correlated to your remote connection failure so the data feed link will stay up.

Thanks Sam,
I guess I will be talking to you soon.

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I have nothing to say but great things about this company and Samuel Godbillot who must be the owner. He is Numero Uno in customer service and niceness. I live on the West Coast with at times spotty internet that I share with the multiple Wifi and Netflix users of my family. I investigated on Google: Cheap Chicago Trading Servers and found this company. The price they charge is very affordable and I've never had a problem with the uptime or speed of their servers. I like trading in Chicago, it just makes sense that my orders will get filled before others not in the same geographic area as the CME. Many times if I needed help, I would email Sam and within minutes he would log onto my terminal (with my permission and after I gave him my password) and he'd fix it for me at no charge. I can log onto my VPS anywhere I am very easily with my laptop and it's like I have my home 3 monitor trading setup with me wherever I go! I plan to be with them for a very long time. Thanks Sam for being such a great guy and providing such a valuable service at reasonable prices!

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I also can say only good word's about speedytradingservers.I try It only for some trial time and I was very satisfy.
I use it for one week or two,then I stop only becouse I also stop trading on CME (reason - problems with AMP ... ).Even after so short trial time Sam find me on Linkedin (after two years ! )... He is No.1 in this bussiness

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I just signed up and everything is as advertised. It was very easy to set up on the VPS and I am very happy with it. Thanks Sam!

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I just signed up and everything is as advertised. It was very easy to set up on the VPS and I am very happy with it. Thanks Sam!

Hopefully you remembered to use the Elite Members discount page. We have discounts for all kinds of trading services, including @sam028's service.

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Hopefully you remembered to use the Elite Members discount page. We have discounts for all kinds of trading services, including @sam028's service.

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Sam, Please enjoy your special day and thanks again for all the great service over the last year, first class all the way my friend! VBPR, ST


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It's been almost a year that I've been using Sam's service and I wanted to post my review:

I use his service to autotrade and I use it every market day. I've had no problems with uptime, connectivity, etc. Although I monitor my trades throughout the day I don't have to worry about my VPS going down. Much more reliable than my own computer/internet.

Also, Sam has helped me to test out certain Tradestation issues by bumping my RAM up temporarily to see if I needed a higher level of service. He did this without charge and in an extremely timely and efficient manner.

I can't say enough great things about his service.

Thank you Sam!

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I can't say enough great things about his service.

Thank you Sam!

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I'm using his service since June. It's great!
Really, the only reason I don't review is because I have fear to miss something and don't make it good enough!

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Crap, I had to use my forum admin privileges to find out who was really @montanajtt and @eudamonia in checking their emal addresses .
I never asked for any comments so when they comes like that it's a really a pleasure, thank you for that!
Thanks to the original poster @Happyface too who is, whatever his avatar looks like, a real professional.

Shits can always happen but 2015 was very good, less than an hour of downtime for few VPS which is way above the industry standards. Hopefully 2016 will be better!

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@montanajtt and @eudamonia Thanks for the follow up reviews, this is what I was hoping for in this thread!

@sam028 Most welcome! Thanks to FIO for a forum where constructive feedback is not only encouraged, but graciously enforced!

Paris VPS Update:

I have just been testing one of Sam’s Paris servers for an ALT to London Equinix LD4/5 co-location. I will not bore everyone with all the ping details, but the reliability and functionality is the same as I enjoy every day from Speedytradingservers.com from my NYC and Chicago VPS locations. News Flash: you do not want to pay London prices!!! If you are looking for a cost effective and reliable London option, you got to check out Sam’s Paris VPS option….. and of course the Paris servers have that "Je ne sais quoi" much like their master!

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Can the server accessed from India? One of my friend is looking to access US markets and trade.

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Can the server accessed from India? One of my friend is looking to access US markets and trade.

Yes, we already have clients in India.
We never had any clients from North Korea but I think it the only country where it would be a problem .
It also works from continental China, the "Great Firewall" doesn't seems to be a problem.

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Can the server accessed from India? One of my friend is looking to access US markets and trade.

@chipps1983 The short answer would be “yes”, assuming your friend in India has access to the World Wide Web. However, if he is only accessing the US markets, I would suggest Sam's NYC or Chicago VPS locations for best results.

The objective being that the server is as close to the data feed and order handling gateway as possible, e.g., in my reference above to the Paris servers I am trying to get as close as possible to London based data feed and order handling.

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Yes, we already have clients in India.
We never had any clients from North Korea but I think it the only country where it would be a problem .
It also works from continental China, the "Great Firewall" doesn't seems to be a problem.


I am using it both from my home Office in China and at Office and Hotels in India. Works just fine always !

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I want to give an unconditioned 5 stars rate to the business run by Sam.

I am costumer since 1 year now and all what I can say is that the business is run by a professional that know in deeply his stuff. He has been very patient to answer at my questions and most importantly always available to address technical issues. ( in my case often related by my connection )

Last and not last I found him an extremely honest guy that not necessarily suggest to his costumer setup more expensive toward cheaper. This undoubtedly keeps me extremely comfortable to run my mechanical system on his server.

I would not hesitate to suggest everyone that need a vps/dedicated server to take in consideration speedytradingservers.

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Sam

I am considering using your server and have some questions

I currently run four monitors
2- 2560x1600 1- 4096 x 2160 and 1 2560 x 1080

What is the limit to what I can expect to see running on your platform? What are the screen
resolution limitations?


I am a discretionary trader mostly on CL I enter my orders with a limit order and this initiates an ATM strategy to manage it.

Am I correct that when I place limit order on my Ninja Trader 7 chart that that order is immediately (within a couple of seconds) sent to the exchange and that when the price is reached the order is expected at the exchange? If this is correct does have the VPS give my any advantage?

Regarding the Stop loss order (market order) that is entered with the ATM does the dedicated server give me any advantage here as far as slippage or is the Stop loss order pre-loaded at the exchange and my fill will be the same in either case?


When CL is very active NT7 can get bogged down because I use small tick charts (UniRenko) for my short term analysis and trigger chart.

Given the server is at the exchange and the data coming in would have much less latency that my PC in SoCal would NT7 be more responsive during peak times? If so can you quantify that in any way?

If I am trading CL what server location is best for me?

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Sam

I am considering using your server and have some questions

I currently run four monitors
2- 2560x1600 1- 4096 x 2160 and 1 2560 x 1080

What is the limit to what I can expect to see running on your platform? What are the screen
resolution limitations?

The limit is 16 monitors and 32766 x 32766 for the max virtual desktop limit.

But, and this is a big but, if your latency to the VPS is high and/or with a not too great Internet bandwidth, things will look sluggish with a bunch of charts/DOMs blinking and updating pixels all over your 4 monitors.
On a local PC you have few inches between a graphic card and a monitor, the display latency is very low (few ms, because of the monitors themselves and not the cable length). With a remote server the display/mouse/keyboard events are travelling though the Internet for hundreds/thousands miles, the latency can then be visible.


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I am a discretionary trader mostly on CL I enter my orders with a limit order and this initiates an ATM strategy to manage it.

Am I correct that when I place limit order on my Ninja Trader 7 chart that that order is immediately (within a couple of seconds) sent to the exchange and that when the price is reached the order is expected at the exchange? If this is correct does have the VPS give my any advantage?

That's correct, but it's less than 2 seconds, maybe 0.3 sec from SoCal.
For a limit entry all depends on the broker's technology used, see Where do your orders reside? - NinjaTrader Support Forum .
For a discretionary entry the advantage is usually null or very low.


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Regarding the Stop loss order (market order) that is entered with the ATM does the dedicated server give me any advantage here as far as slippage or is the Stop loss order pre-loaded at the exchange and my fill will be the same in either case?

This is where you have a real advantage: the VPS will receive ticks in less than 1 ms instead of 100/120 ms from SoCal.
It means the ATM will be able to deal with this new ticks much quicker. The orders will be updated quicker, and they will be received by your broker's gateway much quicker too. It means less slippage and better fills.
I had unsolicited comments from users claiming their VPS monthly fee was absorbed in few trades (positive slippage)...


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When CL is very active NT7 can get bogged down because I use small tick charts (UniRenko) for my short term analysis and trigger chart.

Given the server is at the exchange and the data coming in would have much less latency that my PC in SoCal would NT7 be more responsive during peak times? If so can you quantify that in any way?

If I am trading CL what server location is best for me?

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A lower latency should not change this, unless your own PC is under-powered.
Unless using Interactive Brokers with your account hosted in Connecticut, and not in Chicago, then for all other brokers Chicago is the place to be. Most futures brokers have their servers in the same building as our server, few floors lower or higher.

What's important to understand is:
- the tick data and the orders are received/send faster
- if you're in position with ATMs running, your own PC can go down, things will keep running and we'll be managed by the remote NinjaTrader

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There is still the latency from my home office to your servers correct. I ping CQG servers at about 32ms. Explain if you can please.

32ms from a Speedy's VPS in Chicago to CQG closest servers? You may not ping the right server, or your VPS is in NJ and not in Chicago.
Try with this IP 64.208.51.225

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I have no VPS. What I am asking that from my home to your VPS there will be latency correct. I know your VPS to a CQG server is very fast but I still click my mouse on my home office PC, then it would trigger the same action at your VPS, Then go to the CQG server correct?

Ah okay, sorry.
Yes, all below 100/120 ms is fine. The lag starts to be really visible above 250 ms.

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Is it possible to use multiple 4k monitors with Speedy trading servers? I have been trying to research this but have conflicting information.

I am using Ninja trader. I currently have one 42in 4k monitor running at 3840 x 2160 resolution. I would like to add a second monitor set up vertically to display my DOM and tapes.

Is this possible?

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Is it possible to use multiple 4k monitors with Speedy trading servers? I have been trying to research this but have conflicting information.

I am using Ninja trader. I currently have one 42in 4k monitor running at 3840 x 2160 resolution. I would like to add a second monitor set up vertically to display my DOM and tapes.

Is this possible?

One limitation is your own PC OS and version. For Windows 7 for example you'll need the Enterprise edition or higher to be able to use multiple remote monitors. AFAIK there is no such limit on the latest Mac RDP client.

The max resolution is 4096 x 2048 for Windows 2008 R2 and 8192 x 8192 for 2012 R2, so it's technically possible to use two 4K monitors.
But like I wrote previously if your network latency to the VPS is high things may look sluggish, if there are too much refresh per second. This can be the case if you have a bunch of DOM, so to be tried first.

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One limitation is your own PC OS and version. For Windows 7 for example you'll need the Enterprise edition or higher to be able to use multiple remote monitors. AFAIK there is no such limit on the latest Mac RDP client.

The max resolution is 4096 x 2048 for Windows 2008 R2 and 8192 x 8192 for 2012 R2, so it's technically possible to use two 4K monitors.
But like I wrote previously if your network latency to the VPS is high things may look sluggish, if there are too much refresh per second. This can be the case if you have a bunch of DOM, so to be tried first.

Right now I have Windows 2008 R2 as the operating system on my Speedy Trading server account. Is that something that could be upgraded to 2012? I am just thinking about this at the moment; it is not vital.

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Right now I have Windows 2008 R2 as the operating system on my Speedy Trading server account. Is that something that could be upgraded to 2012? I am just thinking about this at the moment; it is not vital.

Crap, I've been too talkative!
It won't be an upgrade but a reinstall from scratch, with a different Ninja Machine ID, different IP address, etc.
It will be doable for VPS in NJ end of next week, and in Chicago in about 3 weeks.

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Crap, I've been too talkative!
It won't be an upgrade but a reinstall from scratch, with a different Ninja Machine ID, different IP address, etc.
It will be doable for VPS in NJ end of next week, and in Chicago in about 3 weeks.

I appreciate the info. Like I said I have been "thinking" about it. I could probably achieve the desired result by upgrading my monitor to a 55" 4k and leaving everything alone on your end.

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Sam,
Will probably return to use your service this next few days, running Ninja 8. Previously I ran NT7 and was really pleased with your VPS.

What is the time zone when running NT8 on your service? Chicago time?

Would Large VPS 80/month be sufficient for this:
- I am just running one indicator (the zone suite from purefinanicalacademy using a 1 min chart).
- NT8 only
- Backtesting and demo forward testing
- Using a robot from purefinanicalacademy (no financial interest in this vendor)
- Max of 3 instruments
- Across 2 screens basic resolution, nothing too fancy
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Sam,
Will probably return to use your service this next few days, running Ninja 8. Previously I ran NT7 and was really pleased with your VPS.

What is the time zone when running NT8 on your service? Chicago time?

Would Large VPS 80/month be sufficient for this:
- I am just running one indicator (the zone suite from purefinanicalacademy using a 1 min chart).
- NT8 only
- Backtesting and demo forward testing
- Using a robot from purefinanicalacademy (no financial interest in this vendor)
- Max of 3 instruments
- Across 2 screens basic resolution, nothing too fancy
Thanks
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By default servers in Chicago are set to Central time, servers in NJ to Eastern time and servers in Europe to Paris/Berlin time. But you change it to the time zone you want, it's up to the end user.

A Large VPS will be more than fine for your needs. You'll be far from Chicago so you may experience some display lag, when you'll move a Windows for example, because of the network latency (around 250 ms from Australia to Chicago).

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I'm curious about remote solutions and security. While I mean in general terms regarding all remote solution providers, I would also like to get Sam's take as his service as appears to be one of the best (if not the best ).

Who else other then the end user has access to the virtual machine and/or its contents and files? How secure are they?

Are data centers that provide hosting for trading servers targets for hackers and are they reinforced against potential digital intruders as a result?

In short, are all the advantages of a remote solution in any way compromised by security issues?

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I'm curious about remote solutions and security. While I mean in general terms regarding all remote solution providers, I would also like to get Sam's take as his service as appears to be one of the best (if not the best ).

Who else other then the end user has access to the virtual machine and/or its contents and files? How secure are they?

Only the end user. We ask the user to change his connection password ASAP so there will be no doubts on the fact that we can't log on his machine and read his private data. There is no backdoor, if a user lose his password the only way to reset the password is to boot on a recovery CD. Not a very stealthy method to access the machine, as a reboot is required.
We don't do classical file backups, we only backup the disk image so we can easily restore all the C:\ drive, but restoring individual files (so being able to read/spy them) is tricky. Not impossible but long and painful.


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Are data centers that provide hosting for trading servers targets for hackers and are they reinforced against potential digital intruders as a result?

It's not something done on the data center side, most of them are also hosting usual services (web, email, databases, games servers, ...). On data centers directly connected to the exchanges then it's different and things are less open on the infrastructure aspects (firewall, VPNs, IDS/IPS, ...).


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Would be interested to hear what anyone has to say. Thanks!

I don't think so (I'm talking for Speedy's infrastructure, I can't judge for more classical providers). From what I saw over the years the few compromised VPS's (a couple) were compromised due to unsafe web browsing and/or installing pirated software (we don't have access to each VPS, only the client/user, so we can't check he they are doing silly things). In these cases the data were not stolen but the machines were infected to:
- act as a zombie machine, used to spam clients or generate bitcoins
- the disk was encrypted and the user black-mailed ("give us X bitcoins and we'll decipher your files")
Our Windows images are hardened (I won't go into the details), it helped to have basically no security issues.

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Only the end user. We ask the user to change his connection password ASAP so there will be no doubts on the fact that we can't log on his machine and read his private data. There is no backdoor, if a user lose his password the only way to reset the password is to boot on a recovery CD. Not a very stealthy method to access the machine, as a reboot is required.
We don't do classical file backups, we only backup the disk image so we can easily restore all the C:\ drive, but restoring individual files (so being able to read/spy them) is tricky. Not impossible but long and painful.


It's not something done on the data center side, most of them are also hosting usual services (web, email, databases, games servers, ...). On data centers directly connected to the exchanges then it's different and things are less open on the infrastructure aspects (firewall, VPNs, IDS/IPS, ...).



I don't think so (I'm talking for Speedy's infrastructure, I can't judge for more classical providers). From what I saw over the years the few compromised VPS's (a couple) were compromised due to unsafe web browsing and/or installing pirated software (we don't have access to each VPS, only the client/user, so we can't check he they are doing silly things). In these cases the data were not stolen but the machines were infected to:
- act as a zombie machine, used to spam clients or generate bitcoins
- the disk was encrypted and the user black-mailed ("give us X bitcoins and we'll decipher your files")
Our Windows images are hardened (I won't go into the details), it helped to have basically no security issues.

Many thanks for the quick and thorough response!!

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I have used speedytradingservers.com for two years now so I should probably share my experience.

Overall, I've had a 100% positive experience with sam and speedytradingservers. The latency to CQG-CME order servers is <1 to 1 ms. Uptime has been 100% during the trading week Sun-Fri.

I have no complaints really. The monthly price starts at $60 so you should already have your trading strategies ready to go before you invest in a quality service like this.

I certainly recommend them to anyone looking for a serious trading VPS right next to the CME.

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If I want to trade fx spot with minimal latency through speedy servers, what is the correct IB data center for this?
Greenwich or chicago?
What about equities and futures although they are not as important as fx right now.

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If I want to trade fx spot with minimal latency through speedy servers, what is the correct IB data center for this?
Greenwich or chicago?
What about equities and futures although they are not as important as fx right now.

Greenwich, same thing for equities.

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Greenwich, same thing for equities.

Hello Sam,
I'm relatively new so not altogether aware of how things works... Lol's My question is my platform is Ninjatrader 8 and the broker is Philips Capital. Is the 1ms you list on your website still applicable? Guess I'm not sure of the hoops that the signal runs thru... Also from Thailand to your servers is there a way to check ping time?
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I'm relatively new so not altogether aware of how things works... Lol's My question is my platform is Ninjatrader 8 and the broker is Philips Capital. Is the 1ms you list on your website still applicable? Guess I'm not sure of the hoops that the signal runs thru... Also from Thailand to your servers is there a way to check ping time?
thanks very much

Philip Capital is an FCM, assuming you're using CQG/Continuum or Rithmic you'll be less than 1 ms away.
I'll send you a pingable IP in a private message.

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Hello Sam,

I'm considering getting a VPS for some automated strategies. And I have some inquiries with regard to Up/Down time.

I have read the whole review but I'm still not clear on how one can be notified about an unexpected down time for a server and how much time of a delay there can be? And if it is a scheduled downtime for an update for example , I 'm guessing it is usually done outside of market hours, does one have to get his VPS back up and running in the middle of the night wherever one might be?

In addition, I have couple of desktops at home, which very often go through updates for windows. Is there a big difference of how often the servers' windows updates are applied by comparison to personal computer windows? I 'm assuming that the individual VPS's are running on windows version for servers or am I wrong to assume that?
I'm concerned about how often reboots could be done to these VPS's, and how much time does that take.

If you can clarify some of these issues , I would really Appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

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I have read the whole review but I'm still not clear on how one can be notified about an unexpected down time for a server and how much time of a delay there can be? And if it is a scheduled downtime for an update for example , I 'm guessing it is usually done outside of market hours, does one have to get his VPS back up and running in the middle of the night wherever one might be?

In addition, I have couple of desktops at home, which very often go through updates for windows. Is there a big difference of how often the servers' windows updates are applied by comparison to personal computer windows? I 'm assuming that the individual VPS's are running on windows version for servers or am I wrong to assume that?
I'm concerned about how often reboots could be done to these VPS's, and how much time does that take.
...

Statistically the unexpected downtime we see are network glitches, which are fixed in seconds or minutes. These events are very rare, once or twice a year during the bad years, and is not impacting all the datacenters (we use 4 different datacenters).
The planned outages are always done during a week-end, the users are informed one week before. Highly critical software patches are installed quickly, the others when there an opportunity (once a year or so).

We use server's version of windows: there is no automatic updates install and no unexpected reboots. Some of our users never install updates and never reboot (example: Uptime OK 2019-07-15 02:11:24 11d 7h 7m 25s 1/4 System Uptime - 820 day(s) 16 hour(s) 26 minute(s)).
The restart time depends on the RAM installed on the VPS but it's less than 10 seconds.

For users who wants to be informed if their machine is unreachable we install a monitoring agent and this agent is polled by our monitoring servers (which are not in the same data center). If for any reason the monitoring servers can't reach the VPS the user will receive an alert email.
But the most common problem is when a VPS is not correctly sized: a 1.5 GB VPS for Tradestation with 50 workspaces, or Ninja strategy optimization with 80 parameters. In this case all the available RAM will be used and Windows will be like stuck.
In this case we recommend configuring Speedy Alert, so the user will receive by email warnings about the RAM usage, and/or program crashes.

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Thank you very much Sam for the quick and detailed reply.

I think I got the information I was looking for. I hope to be in touch soon regarding a VPS service. How do I actually go about consulting with you for this? private messaging here on Futures.IO or through the web site.....?

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Thank you very much Sam for the quick and detailed reply.

I think I got the information I was looking for. I hope to be in touch soon regarding a VPS service. How do I actually go about consulting with you for this? private messaging here on Futures.IO or through the web site.....?

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You may start here, I'll receive your message and will quickly reply, so things will be on track.

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If using the VPN for NT8 and an excel spreadsheet, how much RAM is needed? I see that amount of RAM is the major difference in pricing for subscriptions.

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