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Asia’s low-latency scalable trading infrastructure lags behind North America and Europe
Barry Smith, Director of Exchanges & Trading Venues at Equinix discusses challenges and opportunities of the data centre business in Asia.

Oct 25, 2013 | Mobasher Kazmi

In April 2013, Barry Smith was appointed director of Exchanges & Trading Venues at Equinix, a US-based provider of carrier-neutral data centres and internet exchanges. His principal responsibility centres on supporting growth of trading platforms by facilitating use of Equinix’s vast financial ecosystem to connect exchanges with respective market players and end-users.

The ability to link market participants quickly within a secure network infrastructure has been its key selling feature. With 18 data-centres strategically located across the Asia-Pacific rim, Equinix appears to be well-positioned to service the various local trading venues and clearing and settlement agencies.

However, a critical challenge has been the decision by prominent exchanges in Asia such as the Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing (HKEx) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) to build their own data centres facilities. Exchanges in China are equally keen on owning and operating their own data hubs and have instead sought assistance from third-party carrier neutral companies in capacity building and technology transfer.


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Categories: Markets & Exchanges, Trading & Data
Keywords: Barry Smith, Equinix, HKEx, TSE, Electronic Matching, Foreign Exchange Markets, Trade Repositories
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