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Equinix offers connectivity to BATS’ secondary data facility in Chicago

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Equinix, a provider of global data centre services, will offer its customers connectivity to BATS Global Markets’ secondary data centre facility in Chicago.

BATS will accept connections to all three of its US secondary market centres ― its two equities exchanges, the BZX Exchange and BYX Exchange, and its equity options platform, BATS Options ― inside the Equinix Chicago data centre, located at 350 E. Cermak, the location of BATS’ new secondary data facility.

The primary matching engines and associated trading infrastructure for these markets are hosted in BATS’ primary data centre in Weehawken, New Jersey.

In addition to providing disaster recovery for all of BATS’ US markets, the secondary facility in Chicago provides live market data, which can be accessed via an Equinix cross-connect.

“We’re excited to partner with Equinix to provide trading participants with connectivity to US markets at our new secondary data centre facility in Chicago, which is scheduled to be fully active in August,” says Chris Isaacson (pictured), chief operating officer for BATS Global Markets. “We aim to allow our members maximum flexibility in accessing our exchanges. The Equinix data centre in Chicago provides a rich ecosystem of trading participants and cutting-edge connectivity options, which will enable participants to cost-effectively cross-connect to our secondary facility in Chicago.”

“Equinix is pleased to provide BATS with redundancy, security, and connectivity options inside our co-location facilities,” says John Knuff, general manager, global financial services at Equinix. “Our experience with global exchange deployments enables Equinix to anticipate and serve the unique needs of the electronic trading community, and we’re excited to support BATS as it seeks to provide best-in-class performance and customer support.”

Additionally, BATS is currently planning to offer a point-of-presence connection at Equinix’s NY5 data centre later this year, which will offer connectivity to BATS’ primary data centre in Weehawken, New Jersey, for all of its US markets.

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