What is a proxy server?
A proxy server acts as an intermediary between your clients and your servers. When your client connects to your trading server, their client platform sends a request to the proxy server. The proxy server then relays this request to your main server. The main server responds and sends the requested data to the proxy server. The proxy server then relays the data back to your client.
What does a proxy server do?
A proxy server improves your overall network performance, by facilitating faster data transfers and enabling better overall connectivity. It also adds security and stability to your network, by intercepting malicious traffic and preventing server overloads.
1 -Better locations
Proxy servers offer you much more flexibility when it comes to improving and expanding your trading infrastructure. Proxy servers can be set up anywhere in the world. This enables you to set up your proxy servers in more remote locations, and to reduce latency by reducing the distance between your servers and your clients. This, in turn, enables you to better optimise your network and to better serve a larger, more global clientbase.
2 – Better price streaming
Proxy servers can be set up to store certain data, such as price data. This means that when a client requests price data, the proxy server can respond to the request directly, without needing to relay the request to the main servers. As the proxy servers are closer to the clients than the main servers, it also means that the price data does not have as far to travel. This enables you to benefit from faster data transmission and to offer your clients more consistent price streaming.
3 – Better connections
Proxy servers can be set up to run using superior connection paths, resulting in faster data transfers between your clients and your main trading servers. A proxy server supplier should be able to provide good local and international connection paths, leveraging their knowledge of regional connectivity and local Internet service providers. If set up correctly, having a proxy server can support faster data transfers, as the data will pass along the provider’s superior connection routes.
4 – Better protection
Proxy servers prevent any direct contact between your clients and your servers. If a client tries to send malicious traffic, or to overwhelm your network with data requests, then the proxy server detects this and prevents the traffic from reaching your main servers. Having this barrier enables you to stop your main trading servers from overloading or shutting down. It also enables you to provide a more stable, secure service to your clients.
Why choose MT Proxy as your provider?
Brokers often find that setting up proxy servers can be expensive. It can also take a lot of time and internal resources. That’s where we come in. MT Proxy offers a fully-managed solution. We take care of the set up, ensuring that the proxy servers are strategically located, and enabling you to achieve the lowest possible latency. As such, we are able to help you deliver a better, faster online trading experience to all clients worldwide.
As part of our management services, we also monitor client connectivity and proxy server performance in real-time. We automatically detect and respond to potential proxy server outages or disconnections. We also detect and respond to malicious traffic and potential DDoS attacks. As such, we are able to prevent major service disruptions, and to help you better protect your business from the potential costs of server failures. To find out more, sign up for our free trial.