The following diagram provides an overview of the technical options for connecting to the SWXess platform:
1) Internet connectivity - simple and cost-effective
Internet connectivity is a simple, non-redundant and cost-effective solution. It is the ideal solution
for participants with low trading volumes or who only use the Trade Reporting function. Because of
their low volume of data traffic, these participants also have a low bandwidth requirement.
Connection to SCAP are via a secure VPN tunnel. Data traffic is then routed on a best-effort
basis, which means that no precise bandwidth is guaranteed. For production, only
the STI and RDI interfaces are available over the internet connectivity option.
2) Managed IP Service - Outsourcing network maintenance to service providers
The Managed IP Service option is designed for participants wishing to outsource the
maintenance of their network to a specialist service provider.
Between 512 kbps and 100 Mbps
3) Ethernet service - for high bandwidths
This is the best option if speed is the crucial criterion.
The Ethernet Service is a cheap solution for participants wishing to operate various VLANs
(with or without IPSec) over the same connection at the same time. Each tunnel terminates
at a dedicated endpoint router. Participants can use their own network infrastructure to operate
4, 10, 30, 50 and 100 Mbps
4) Optical fibre link - maximum speed and minimum latency via SCAP
Participants wishing to operate various VLANS (without IPSec) are best served by an
optical fibre link. This offers maximum overall bandwidth and minimum latency.
The participant's entire connection up to SIX Swiss Exchange's in-house access point runs via dark
fibre, i.e. via optical fibre. The connection to SCAP is an end-to-end type.
1 Gbps for the overall link
50 or 100 Mbps per VLAN.
5) Proximity service - lowest latency with a direct connection
Participants of SIX Swiss Exchange who wish to benefit from latency in the microsecond range via SCAP can
connect to SWXess via a designated Proximity Service Provider. Proximity Services allow all
clients to overcome the disadvantage of geographical distance and to enjoy the same low latency
as any participant located in the Zurich area.
6) Access Point service - reliable and low latency from a single location
Participants can access SWXess directly with a cross-connect from one of the two London-based Points
of Presence (PoP). The PoPs have reliable and low latency connections to SWXess and participants
can benefit from an average latency reduction of 15% compared to conventional connectivity
implementations out of London.
7) Co-Location Service - high-speed connection and outsourcing of network maintenance
Participants can make use of the Co-Location Service available at the Equinix ZH4 Datacenter which
provides the fastest possible access to all SWXess services.
8) Co-Location Access - high-speed connection
Participants with corporate headquarters in the Zurich area can connect directly via the Co-Location
Access. Owing to its immediate proximity to both the SWXess Partition 1 (Equities) and Partition 2
(Non-Equities), connection via Co-Location offers the fastest possible trading.