Trading and Financial

Comprehensive Hosted Low-Latency and Proximity Financial Services Solutions

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Steadfast offers the most unparalleled scope of IT services Chicago has to offer. We provide comprehensive financial IT and telecommunication services focused on low latency and high reliability. We operate data center facilities near the financial exchanges of Chicago and Northern New Jersey/New York, giving us unparalleled scope in the services we can offer; ranging from low latency managed dedicated servers, proximity colocation, network and server monitoring services, managed colocation, and more.

Chicago Managed Trading Servers

Starting at just $199.95/mo., we can provide high quality (3+ GHz) servers that are physically located at data centers close to the exchanges, at 350 E Cermak Rd in Chicago, assuring that you have the highest reliability and lowest latency possible. Take your trading to the next level by taking advantage of our world class infrastructure:

  • Primary data center and network is based out of 350 E Cermak Rd, guaranteeing you the lowest latency possible to CME, ICE, and other exchanges, be in the same building as the ZenFire, Rithmic, or Mirus (and more) data feeds with ~1ms latency
  • 24/7 on-site staffing, experienced systems administrators, and serving the financial community for many years
  • True server hardware and our data center facilities with battery (UPS) and generator backup assure you superior uptime, backed by our 100% uptime SLA
  • Servers are configured specifically for use with trading software such as NinjaTrader and MultiCharts
  • Quick and easy set-up. Servers are setup within 12 hours and terms are month-to-month
  • SSAE16 audited, guaranteeing you the highest levels of safety and security
  • On-site GPS based Stratum 1 time server, to assure optimal timing services

Server Offerings

Dual Core i3 4330 @ 3.5GHz

8 GB RAM, 2 × 500 GB storage
$199.95 per month
Quad Core Xeon E3-1230 @ 3.2GHz

8 GB RAM, 2 × 500 GB storage
$249.95 per month
Power User
Quad Core Xeon E3-1270v2 @ 3.5GHz

8 GB RAM, 2 × 500 GB storage
$369.95 per month

You can get started with low latency, highly available trading in just 7 simple steps:

  1. Order the server (above) using Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition (64 bit) as your operating system, which is fully supported by NinjaTrader and MultiCharts.
  2. Get a welcome email in less than 12 hours with your login credentials and have access to your server with Windows 2008 R2 and remote desktop already installed and ready to go.
  3. Login to your server using Remote Desktop even across multiple monitors, and use it like your desktop at home.
  4. You should already have a recent build of Windows, but always run Windows Update, make sure you install all updates to assure you have the most recent version of .Net framework.
  5. Install your trading platform of choice, such as NinjaTrader or MultiCharts.
  6. Connect to your broker of choice, such as ZenFire, Rithmic, or Mirus.
  7. Trade!

Chicago & New Jersey Proximity Colocation

Steadfast offers SSAE16 audited proximity colocation at 350 E Cermak Rd in Chicago from a single 1u server to a dedicated 100+ kW cage. From this facility, we can provide direct market data and execution access services (through direct cross connects) to the largest and most critical financial market data networks around the world, giving our customers low-latency proximity financial market data to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group), the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), CBOE, NYMEX/COMEX, and many more. This service provides no unnecessary intermediaries with a direct connection to the exchange, resulting in outstanding performance and reliability. As with all of our facilities, we also provide 24/7 remote hands, performed by skilled systems administrators that can respond in minutes.

24/7 Monitoring Services / Managed Colocation

Through our managed colocation and full managed dedicated server services, we provide proactive monitoring for all critical systems and network latency levels. This allows us to proactively address any issues that might come up, ensuring you always have optimal performance and reliability. Make us your 24/7 on-call systems administration and network engineering team and know you’re in good hands.

We understand your need for speed & reliability

At Steadfast, all of our systems and infrastructure are designed to be low-latency and highly available at every level so our priorities are aligned with your trading strategies; we know that time to market and consistency has a material effect on trading firms' bottom lines and so that's where we focus our time and energy. All of our data connectivity and power infrastructure at 350 E Cermak Rd is at least 2N redundant, so you won't have to worry about your systems going down, especially not during critical trading hours. Combined with our proactive monitoring services, we've designed everything to be geared for speed and reliability.

Need help setting up a custom trading or financial network solution?

Call our friendly sales staff at +1(312)602-2689 or contact us.