IXcellerate has added TMX Atrium connectivity to its Moscow One data centre, bringing the total number of carriers connected to the centre to 10. TMX Atrium offers ultra-low latency connectivity services and in this case provides some of the lowest latency connectivity between Moscow and European financial centres including London, Frankfurt and Stockholm. A round trip from Moscow to London comes in below 40 milliseconds.
The addition of TMX Atrium infrastructure at Moscow One, a tier3+ data centre opened in 2012 and designed to replicate the quality of data centres in America and Western Europe, supports international firms wanting to access and trade Russian markets and Russian firms wanting to access trading venues across Europe. It also provides more choice of low latency fibre to users of the data centre.
IXcellerate, which is based in Moscow and has about 20 employees, is building a community of financial firms at the data centre and can provide direct access to the Moscow exchange, which is located nearby, as well as the ability for firms in the community to work together.
Guy Willner, CEO of IXcellerate, says: “Russia is moving towards becoming a tier one financial trading venue. We are pleased that TMX Atrium, a major player in financial markets infrastructure connectivity, recognises IXcellerate as a key component in the expansion of Moscow as a major financial centre.”
While the company continues to look for more connectivity partners for Moscow One, it is also considering expansion, perhaps in the data centre, but also in other areas of Moscow and in other emerging markets. With an investment round from an institutional investor underway – 20% of IXcellerate is owned by the World Bank and the rest by Willner and two private investors – Willner suggests expansion is about a year away.