Firms seeking the fastest access to Australia’s buoyant cash equities, derivatives and commodities markets have had their options enhanced today with the announcement that Transaction Network Services (TNS) is now offering hosting and co-location services at the country’s main exchange-owned data centre.

TNS’ Managed Hosting Service is now available at the Australian Liquidity Centre (ALC) in Sydney which is owned by the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). TNS’ flexible and scalable service enables financial organisations to efficiently and effectively expand their operations into new venues and territories by eliminating the complexity and cost involved with establishing and managing remote exchange access and data centre space.

David Raper, Executive General Manager, Trading Services at ASX, said: “We’re delighted that TNS has chosen to make its Managed Hosting Service available at the ALC. We’re confident that as a leading provider of services within the global financial markets TNS will be an asset to us as we look to develop and grow the number of participants and their service providers on our markets.”

TNS’ Managed Hosting, Co-Location and Connectivity Service eliminates headaches for financial organisations by owning the procurement, staging and management responsibilities for the infrastructure required by the client to trade in remote locations.

Alex Walker, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of TNS’ Financial Services Division, said: “With global trading demands ever increasing we are delighted to be establishing a Managed Hosting Service in the ALC. The service positions TNS as a fully managed one-stop provider for trading firms looking to compute, co-locate and connect within this strategically critical trading hub.

“We’re looking forward to our part in growing liquidity on ASX and ASX24 by providing this Managed Hosting Service to firms who don’t have IT resource in off-site locations and who want to eliminate capex while at the same time establish their trading servers and technology close to these markets.”

TNS also expects to see firms based in other Australian data centres to show an interest in its new service at ALC as a way of reducing latency, and for overseas firms to be keen to test the Australian market.

Mr Walker, said: “In addition to providing hosting, co-location and the initial connectivity required, once a customer comes on board with us they can quickly and easily reach other members of our 2,000+ strong financial community which spans the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific region. On-net customers can typically establish connections within just three days. This means Australian financial market participants can use TNS to trade locally but also reach other key markets such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, the US and UK, as well as many others.”

TNS’ Managed Hosting, Co-Location and Connectivity Service removes the burden of maintaining multiple vendor relationships through one single supplier agreement with TNS. A variety of options are available, including shared rack and dedicated full rack space, scalable power to match hardware needs and the ability to choose a preferred operating system.

Optimized for electronic trading, TNS’ robust secure network has more than 125 POPs worldwide. TNS is relied on by the global financial markets for mission-critical connectivity to multiple diverse trading partners, including many of the world’s most prominent and influential buy and sell-side institutions, market data and software vendors, exchanges and alternative trading venues.

The organization offers support for a full range of asset classes, as well as eCommerce and FIX connectivity, and TNS’ services are supported by 24x7x365 monitoring and helpdesk support.