Connect to your VPS using Windows RDP

Windows has a preinstalled application called Remote Desktop Connection which you can use for your VPS. You will also find that the slug for this app is RDP coming from the extension type of this file. This example is for Windows 10. Other Windows OS are similar.

A LowLAtencyFXVPS user receives an e-mail containing the IP, port, username and default password.

For connecting to your new VPS/Dedicated Server you have to follow a few easy steps.

STEP 1,2

Search for the Remote Desktop Connection app on your PC. Windows has it preinstalled so you don’t need to download it from the internet.

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STEP 3,4

The first window of RDP is asking for the Computer field. You have to fill in with the IP and port you get in your e-mail from your VPS provider.

The default username is usually filled in as “Administrator” or “XXXX\administrator” and most of the times you don’t have to change it.

Click on “Show Options” button in the bottom left-hand corner of the RDP window.

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STEP 5,6

Here you can modify the “User name” field with the username provided in the credentials e-mail ou have received from your VPS provider.

In order to save an instance of this RDP for easier access you have to clik the “Save As” button.

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STEP 7,8

Give a name to your VPS and choose the location where you want to save it on your PC.

Click “Save” in the bottom right hand corner of the window.

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STEP 9

A shortcut of your VPS should be visible in the location where you saved it. In this case, it is on the Desktop. You can connect to your VPS later on using this shortcut.

At this stage, the Remote Desktop Connection will go back to the previous window where you will have to click on the “Connect” button in order to actually connect to your VPS.

Also, you can choose to save the credentials. In this way, when you will connect to your VPS in the future, you will not have to provide the credentials.

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STEP 10,11

The next step is to provide your initial password of the VPS. At this stage, you can choose to remember this set of credentials for future use.

It is very important to change your password once you successfully login to your VPS. See here how to change your VPS password.

Click “OK” to move to the next step.

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STEP 12

When you first login to a fresh VPS this window will show up. You have to click the “Yes” button in the bottom of the window.

Also, you can choose to skip this step when you login to your VPS in the future.

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Now, the login process takes place and should not take more than a few seconds.

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The first login to your VPS will show a “Server Manager” window where all the stats can be checked.

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A visual comparison of hosting solutions for traders

Traders are becoming more sophisticated and a lot of them are realising the importance of the hosting solution they use. A professional hosting solution that is custom-made for trading purposes is an edge for a trader. As a result, finding a solution that fits your needs could mean the difference between profit and loss.

We created a poll among our clients asking them to rate 5 aspects of the most common used hosting services. The rating system is from 1 to 5 and the categories were: cost, scalability, security and reliability. The hosting services are Private PC, Colocation Service, Dedicated Server and VPS.

THE FACTS

Building a profitable trading system is complicated as well as choosing the perfect hosting solution. However, our poll clearly outlines some aspects that are striking out no matter what:

  • the private PC has no scalability and has a poor rating for reliability. The scalability could refer to the ability of the user to manage more trading accounts, develop more complex trading infrastructure etc. The reliability refers to network uptime rate, power continuousness etc.
  • colocation could turn out to be one of the most costly solutions. Besides the fixed fee for renting the space, you will need to spend money on hardware, software, installation and configuration fees, maintenance etc.
  • all of the professional hosting solutions (VPS, Dedicated Servers and Colocation) have a good score for reliability. This is because they are using special Internet Service Providers that are offering 100% uptime, power back-ups that assure the hardware will run 100% of the time.

FIND OUT WHAT HOSTING SOLUTION IS RIGHT FOR YOU

Every trader has his/her own needs in terms of hosting solutions. The most expensive are not necessarily the right ones for you. Depending on the type of your trading you can find out what elements you need in your trading infrastructure. However, regardless of the markets you trade and regardless of your trading style one thing is clear: the hosting solution is a vital part of your trading and you might not have realised it. We have seen a lot of cases where automated trading software was losing money with a good strategy apparently. As soon as we solved the reliability issues the system turned into a winning strategy, confirming though the good trading approach.

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What is colocation and how can you benefit from it in trading

What is colocation?

Colocation is a service provided by the VPS providers and it gives the client the possibility to physically place his own hardware in a rack within a data centre warehouse. LowLatencyFXVPS offers its colocation service in Equinix LD5 data centre.

Usually, the colocation service comes with a set of default features like:

  • internet connection
  • access to the space provider’s infrastructure
  • racks for mounting your hardware
  • power electricity
  • cooling systems for your hardware

LowlatencyFXVPS is offering, besides the standard features, the following:

  • connectivity with various trading venues
  • custom-made trading infrastructure: our equipment is designed for low latency trading
  • full client support in setting up the server

Advantages of colocating your server

Trading these days has become more and more sophisticated. Unlike hosting a website, hosting a trading related software has always depended on physical location, reliability, security and cost.

  • you don’t have to pay for a minimum of 1 year contract for leasing a space within a data centre
  • you don’t have to invest a great deal of money to buy the network components: switch, encrypted cables, etc.
  • you don’t need to find a specialist to research and then set-up all the equipment needed in order to have a ultra-fast trading infrastructure
  • take advantage of all the connectivity features like cross-connections to various trading venues
  • PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT: the physical distance to your trading venues is at most a couple of hundred meters

Alternatives to colocation

While colocation might suit some of our clients, there could be others that do not want to live the hustle of researching, investing, building and deploying the best trading server. For these types of clients, LowLatencyFXVPS is offering the dedicated server solution. This is an independent server, with great trading features, that any clients can use and pay a monthly subscription plan. Check out dedicated servers offer.

Cross-connection

The importance of cross-connection

A lot of retail traders are using automated trading systems lately. However, very few of them know that not only the logic of the trading system is important but also the physical infrastructure they use for the trading process.

One of the most important features a trader can get when using a VPS is the Cross-connection. You will often see this concept referred to as x-connection. This type of connection is vital, especially for high-speed traders. The execution and market data feed times are at the lowest possible values when using a x-connection. This means that you can read the price quotes faster and act on that feed very quickly.

How does it work

A cross-connection is a local network connection through which you can directly link your computer to the broker’s trading server. Most of the times, this connection is made by using a fibre optic network cable. This is possible by renting a VPS or a dedicated server that is physically placed in the nearby proximity of the broker’s trading server. A mandatory condition for the x-connection is that your VPS provider has an agreement with your broker and has the cross-connection already in place. As an inside information, you should know that the VPS provider needs to pay a monthly fee to the broker for the cross-connection service.

The x-connection to your broker is the fastest way you will be able to trade. Professional trades, Algorithmic Trading Systems, large hedge funds and even investment banks are using cross-connection. The main reason for this is the ultra-low latency and the safety it offers.

As an alternative to the cross-connection, there is the internet connection from your VPS to your broker. You can read more about the internet connection in a future blog post.

What is a VPS?

WHAT IS A VPS?

So…you have probably heard this acronym VPS before. And now, as your research about trading is getting more and more in-depth, you are hearing it more often and you have that feeling that this is something that is very important in trading. Well, you are totally right! And now you are asking yourself: why am I finding this out only now? what have I been doing since now? Well, that is a legit question but don’t worry! if you realised it, it means that you are on the right way.

Let’s get now to explain what is a VPS so everybody can understand. A VPS stands for Virtual Private Server and it is a computer or part of a computer/server that is usually placed in a specialised data centre and the user can access it from anywhere in the world via an internet connection.

When you get a whole computer/server for yourself (like a personal computer that most have at home) you actually get a Dedicated Server. This is a stand alone computer and it is different than a VPS in many aspects. A VPS is, more exactly, a Virtual Machine that runs on a Server. Therefore, there are several VPS within a Server that can be active at the same time and used by different users from around the world.

PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

To get a clear picture of the physical infrastructure of a VPS and how you can use it, see the sketch below.

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The VPS user can use a server located at thousands of kilometres away. As a Server can host several VPSs, depending on the performance specifications of the server and of the VPSs, people from different locations of the world can use the resources of that server at the same time.

So, in the end, the user will basically work on the Server in UK, while he is using his personal computer in Spain just to “see” inside the UK Server. Regarding the physical infrastructure of this system, the only thing left is the actual connection which, most of the times is made through internet.

SOFTWARE NEEDED

Obviously, the “magic” works due to some software programmes that are assuring the high performance of this service as well as the safety and transparency.

On the VPS Provider side, a software that is able to split the resources of a Server into multiple Virtual Machines (VPSs) is used. This software is also responsible for managing the service while it is in use. On the user side, the most popular software is Remote Desktop Connection, which enables someone to work on a remote computer from anywhere in the world. One very important advantage here is that RDP can be used by any kind of mobile device so you can access your VPS on the go, within seconds.