Review of Equinix LD4
Equinix LD4 opened in 2007. It has since become one of three key trading venues in the London market – and is the only one not owned by an exchange. (The other two are London Stock Exchange (equities), located in the City, and Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) which hosts LIFFE, in Basildon, Essex). Equities and foreign exchange are the two main asset classes traded in LD4. Given the nature of the client base, facility standards are high.
The strong interest in this data centre from the financial-trading community has helped drive carrier networks into LD4 and the entire Equinix campus in Slough. LD4 features a growing LINX (London Internet Exchange) node, with over 100 ports now in use. A growing list of wholesale users (some of which use Crosspoint’s dedicated quarter racks) are now using the Equinix facilities in Slough as an alterative redundant network node to their main PoP’s in London Docklands.
Cross-connects are permitted between all three Equinix buildings on the Slough Trading Estate. This makes it one of the best-connected locations outside of Central London. It also means only the most latency-sensitive of customers will need to physically be in LD4.
Crosspoint’s range of high-quality, sub-rack colocation solutions are perfect for customers seeking a point of presence in Equinix LD4 at a reasonable cost. Our solutions offer the precise amount of colocation space each customer needs, either on a per-U basis or by using our dedicated quarter and half rack modules. We maintain immediate availability of per-U and dedicated quarter racks to ensure fast deployment.
Crosspoint’s full range of network services are available in LD4. This includes Internet ports (1Gb/s ports as standard) and our competitively priced data centre interconnects. Our interconnects can link to all our Central London and Docklands-based data centres or further west to Everest Reading.
We can provide trace routes to exchanges such as LMAX or Prime on request. Crosspoint can also organise direct cross-connects to any other party in any of the Equinix facilities in Slough (LD4, LD5 and LD6). These are available at the usual Equinix costs and subject to agreement of the other party.
In the nearby Equinix LD5, Crosspoint has built a specialist low-latency-managed Internet platform. This features carefully selected upstream suppliers and a LINX connection, where direct peering with various FX brokers such as Currenex takes place. The Crosspoint Internet platform in LD5 is designed to provide the lowest possible average latency at a reasonable cost to key trading venues located in the Equinix campus.
Crosspoint also provides a full range of competitively priced data-centre support services (both during and outside of trading hours).