For some time now, high-performance computing has been making its way into the financial services sector. Up until recently, however, computing’s impact had been most felt in trading, where shaving off microseconds of latency and having access to more processing power meant having an advantage over your competitors.
As low-latency network solutions and especially cloud computing have become more ubiquitous, though, the technology that was once only used to provide an edge in trading is now being used to provide competitive advantages in other areas like analytics and algorithm development.
Moving forward, it seems that financial services firms will need to look to leverage more real-time and historical data to gain an edge. Leveraging data and pushing the envelope to develop new algorithms, trading models, and financial instruments takes higher end servers with increased processing power and speed along with petabyte scale storage which, quite frankly, most financial services firms don't have in house. Here's what that means in practice:
Increased need for robust infrastructure: For some institutions, this move towards large-scale data processing will impact infrastructure, which will consume an increasing amount of power and require more cooling. Choosing a colocation provider that can support increasing power and cooling needs will be key.
Quick, cheap scalability: For others, future data processing needs will mean leveraging additional computing and storage with little to no capital expenditures. Scaling may be easier with cloud computing, therefore choosing a colocation provider that has relationships with IaaS providers should also play a role in financial services firms’ decision-making process.
A greater push for connectivity: Finally, it’s also likely that financial institutions will want the flexibility to access multiple vendors to engineer redundancy. Those sort of connections don’t happen everywhere, so partnering with a colocation provider that offers excellent connectivity options will also be important.
Looking to the future as a financial services provider will in many cases mean choosing a colocation provider that allows this growth to happen. Colocation providers may seem like they're a dime a dozen, but partnering with the wrong one could mean the difference between simply hosting data off-site and leveraging technology to gain a competitive advantage.
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