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Forex VPS Nirvana FREE 2 Day Trial Offer

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We just wanted to send out a quick e-mail to let you know that
we (Forex VPS Nirvana) are offering (and have since the beginning)
a 2 day FREE trial.

That’s right. You can try out our forex VPS platform for 2 days
without any obligations or monetary commitments.

To get your 2 day trial VPS just go to our pricing page here:

http://www.forexvpsnirvana.com/pricing/

Follow the directions given there. Simple and easy.

Happy trading!

Sincerely,
Forex VPS Nirvana Staff

Forex VPS Nirvana Server Latency Test

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Hi everyone. Alan here with a post related to the Forex VPS Nirvana platform.

As you may already know latency plays a big role for most traders. In the high speed world of financial trading milliseconds can make the difference between profit or loss, so when it comes to forex trading you ideally want to have the lowest latency connection to your chosen forex broker.

An interested trader asked me to conduct a ping test to his chosen brokers, and I thought that it might be useful for everyone else as well so I’m going to share the ping test results here.  Without further ado, here are some sample ping test results:

for pepperstone from US DC:

ping us-live01b.mt4tradeserver.com
PING us-live01b.mt4tradeserver.com (209.81.91.19) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from us-live01.mt4tradeserver.com (209.81.91.19): icmp_seq=1 ttl=116 time=7.77 ms
64 bytes from us-live01.mt4tradeserver.com (209.81.91.19): icmp_seq=2 ttl=116 time=7.00 ms
64 bytes from us-live01.mt4tradeserver.com (209.81.91.19): icmp_seq=3 ttl=116 time=7.44 ms
64 bytes from us-live01.mt4tradeserver.com (209.81.91.19): icmp_seq=4 ttl=116 time=7.19 ms
^C
— us-live01b.mt4tradeserver.com ping statistics —
4 packets transmitted, 4 received, 0% packet loss, time 3025ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 7.000/7.354/7.775/0.296 ms

for finfx from UK DC:
ping 77.240.23.10
PING 77.240.23.10 (77.240.23.10) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 77.240.23.10: icmp_seq=1 ttl=119 time=38.1 ms
64 bytes from 77.240.23.10: icmp_seq=2 ttl=119 time=36.7 ms
64 bytes from 77.240.23.10: icmp_seq=3 ttl=119 time=38.2 ms
64 bytes from 77.240.23.10: icmp_seq=4 ttl=119 time=37.1 ms
^C
— 77.240.23.10 ping statistics —
4 packets transmitted, 4 received, 0% packet loss, time 3032ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 36.771/37.576/38.248/0.693 ms

for finfx from US DC:

ping 74.217.54.130
PING 74.217.54.130 (74.217.54.130) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 74.217.54.130: icmp_seq=1 ttl=119 time=7.69 ms
64 bytes from 74.217.54.130: icmp_seq=2 ttl=119 time=7.55 ms
64 bytes from 74.217.54.130: icmp_seq=3 ttl=119 time=7.39 ms
^C
— 74.217.54.130 ping statistics —
3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 2018ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 7.393/7.549/7.697/0.143 ms

for HotForex (netherlands) from UK DC:
ping 78.140.160.37
PING 78.140.160.37 (78.140.160.37) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 78.140.160.37: icmp_seq=1 ttl=122 time=1.46 ms
64 bytes from 78.140.160.37: icmp_seq=2 ttl=122 time=1.43 ms
64 bytes from 78.140.160.37: icmp_seq=3 ttl=122 time=1.45 ms
^C
— 78.140.160.37 ping statistics —
3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 2018ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 1.434/1.451/1.464/0.033 ms

Oddly enough it seems FinFX’s server(s) in Finland are a bit less responsive than I expected even though our UK datacenter is geographically speaking very close by. I suspect either a bad route or firewalls getting in the way, but what surprised me is the other super low latency results. Hotforex’s server produced super low latency results, and so did pepperstone and finfx’s US server.

So, my suggestion is that you should plan ahead and decide upon which broker you are going to use and then find out where they host their MT4 servers. By default when you sign-up for a Forex VPS Nirvana account you’re assigned to the US datacenter, but you can request to be moved to the UK datacenter if you broker is geographically closer to the UK than the US.  All you have to do is open up a support ticket with your request and we’ll move you over to the other datacenter. Later on in the next version of the VPS platform you’ll be able to chose which datacenter you want your account to be hosted with during the account creation process.

If you have a broker you wish me to ping to test for latency let me know. All I need from you is your broker’s MT4 server IP address.

Come to think of it some of you may not know how to find that out , so I am going to put together a quick how-to guide tomorrow.

Stay tuned for that.

Until then, feel free to browse the Forex VPS Nirvana homepage @ http://www.forexvpsnirvana.com to find out more about the vps platform and/or to request a free 2 day trial account.

Thank you kindly for your support.

Cheers,

Alan

Forex VPS Nirvana – Free VPS for 2 days

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Hi everyone. I forgot to mention this in my previous post announcing the launch of the VPS platform, but I am giving away 2 day trials to anyone who is interested in trying out the forex vps platform. All you have to do is go to the Forex VPS Nirvana homepage, click on Contact, and use the contact form.

I’ve also been very generous in extending the 2 day trial period as well, so if you need a bit more than 2 days I can accommodate you.

Thank you kindly for your support,

Cheers,

Alan

My Forex VPS platform is officially open for business

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Hi everyone. I am very excited to announce that the proposed forex VPS platform I discussed a while back (here, here and here) is finally ready and open for business!!

I would like to apologize to all of you who expressed interest for making you wait so long. I learned a valuable lesson about overestimating development time.

The name I chose for the site/business is Forex VPS Nirvana in honor of the forum where I first announced the idea.

The price for an account is still the same $45/month that I promised everyone at the very beginning.

For more info or to sign-up please visit the Forex VPS Nirvana homepage at:

http://www.forexvpsnirvana.com

Cheers,

Alan

My Forex VPS solution will look like this

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Hi!

As you may have noticed over the past two week or so I’ve been blogging about my intention to start my own Forex VPS hosting venture (I first blogged about this here). I’m glad to report that it is now more than an intention. I am nearly 100% sure I have enough interested traders to get the vps solution up and running.

In light of this I think I should post some images to show you how the VPS platform will look like. All these were taken from a fully functional vps account on the new platform. So permit me to show you how the platform will appear from a user’s point of view.

1) This first image shows what you will see the very first time you log into the VPS platform. Bear in mind that you have to choose beforehand in your vps control panel which broker’s platform you wish to install. I used FXDD purely as an example but you should be aware that the platform will offer you a large selection of mt4 brokers.

2) Once you’ve created a demo account or bypassed the demo account creation process and logged into your live account you should be presented with the main MT4 window:

3) In the image below you see me attaching an expert advisor (EA) to the chart. You do however have to first upload it to your EA library or use any of the preinstalled EAs. But once you have an expert advisor uploaded it will show up in the Expert Advisors section in the Navigator window. Trust me when I say uploading EAs to your vps account will be as easy as it can get – you won’t have to mess around with FTP or anything else.

4) Adding indicators and manipulating charts is just the same as it would be if you were running the trading platform on your own computer – nothing different.

If you wish to see any other parts of the vps platform or have questions that I can address please feel free to either leave a comment here or join the forex nirvana forum and post your question in this thread.

If you haven’t seen any of my other posts that relate to this topic checkout the following blog posts:

1) My own Forex VPS solution – anyone interested?
2) Update and clarification of my proposed Forex VPS solution
3) New Forex VPS solution – We’re almost there!

Now if you’re excited to get on board this vps platform once it goes live please sign-up for the following mailing list (link below) and I will notify you when the platform goes live:

Forex VPS Mailing List Sign-Up

Thank you for your attention and support!

Best of luck with your trading!

Cheers,
Alan

New Forex VPS solution – We’re almost there!

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Hello everyone. Alan here with an update regarding the
Forex VPS solution I blogged about a week or two ago.

I am glad to report that I *almost* have the minimum number
of interested traders on board necessary to setup this
powerful forex hosting/vps solution. So far I’ve got 98
traders on board. There is till room for more so if you are
still “on the fence” please give it a second consideration.

If by any odd chance you did not read my previous blog
posts, here are two links to blog posts I made regarding
this forex vps solution.

This is the original post where I introduced my intentions
to the world.

1) http://alansforexblog.com/2011/02/10/my-own-forex-vps-solution-anyone-interested/

This next post is where I respond to some frequently asked
questions I received.

2) http://alansforexblog.com/2011/02/15/update-and-clarification-of-my-proposed-forex-vps-solution/

In addition to these two links if you happen to be a
forex marketer or if you own a forex related website or
mailing list I recommend you become my affiliate. This
way you can earn some good money by promoting a
service traders will find useful. You can find out details
here:

http://alansforexblog.com/2011/03/21/my-forex-vps-affiliate-program/

I’ll keep you posted on the latest but for now
“we’re almost there” pretty much sums up where this new
forex venture stands. Let’s be optimistic. Once I have a
few more people on board I feel confident that I’ll setup
one sweet forex vps platform for all of us to use.

For now please checkout the links I posted above. You will
find links to the “interest mailing list” subscription form
on all the posts, but for your convenience I shall post it here
as well:

http://forms.aweber.com/form/61/1676955861.htm

As always if you have any questions please feel free to
give me a shout.

Many pips to you!

Cheers,
Alan

My own Forex VPS solution – anyone interested?

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Hello everyone.

Alan here with an important announcement geared
toward all of you who trade foreign currencies (forex) like me.
I am seriously considering putting together my own Forex VPS
solution and I thought I’d send out an e-mail to see if any of
you would be interested in signing on board.

I’m not sure how many of you know what a forex VPS or even a VPS is
all about so I’ll briefly explain it here. Those of you who already
know this stuff can just skip it.

Basically a VPS is a dedicated computer/server that is hosted in a
high-end data center with a very high speed and reliable internet
connection. This VPS server’s job is to run your forex trading
platform and any forex robot(s) (automated trading systems, also
known as expert advisors) you may wish to use. It is the ultimate
in piece of mind for traders. IT ensures that power outages, slow
home internet connections, and other such problems do not affect
the performance of your trading applications. I think that every
trader should use a VPS solution if they’re serious about what
they’re doing.

Suffice it to say that what I have in mind to setup will be a very
advanced platform. It will be Linux based so you can’t get virus
infection, it will be rock solid stable, it will be portable
(you can log into your vps platform anywhere in the world), and
last but not least it will offer you unlimited bandwidth plus
unlimited memory usage – so you can run as many forex robots (EAs)
as you’d like.

Platforms that will be made available: MetaTrader 4 (MT4) and
MetaTrader 5 (MT5)

Latency?

The vps servers will be spread across 3 data centers – US, UK , and
Hong Kong. I will configure your VPS account to use the server
which is nearest to the MT4 server of your chosen broker thus
providing the lowest latency connection possible.

One thing that may interest affiliates and system sellers/marketers
is whether we will have an affiliate program. The answer is yes.
You can even have it so that your clients will not have access to
whatever EA you’re selling but merely “lease” it while running on
the VPS account.

To launch this venture I’d need about 100 clients to start.

What about cost?

Well, I did some research and I decided that given the fact that
there will be no bandwidth and memory restrictions then $45 /month
would be a reasonable price to ask. Most other forex vps providers
charge double!

So whoever is seriously interested please let me know by signing up
to the interest group mailing list I setup for this purpose. Here
is the link:

http://forms.aweber.com/form/61/1676955861.htm

If I get 100 or more people on board then I’ll get the wheels
rolling and in a short while the vps platform will be made
available.

If you have any comments or suggestions feel free to e-mail me or post a comment.
Also if you have further questions I recommend you checkout this mini FAQ I’ve put
together over here:

http://alansforexblog.com/2011/02/15/update-and-clarification-of-my-proposed-forex-vps-solution/

P.S. Feel free to share this info with your forex trading friends
and associates.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,
Alan

The Low Latency Advantage in Online Trading

by Barry Bahrami of Commercial Network Services

Latency is arguably the most important and often disregarded factor for the online trader. It is often neglected because it sounds like a complicated computer term, but understanding what it is can quickly and substantially increase the trader’s earnings.  Computer networks communicate by sending packets of data through the Internet. Latency is the time required for data to travel from the source to destination network. It is measured in milliseconds, or 1/1000th of a second.

It is a public misconception that everyone enjoys the same Internet. Data traveling over the Internet can be compared to delivery vans on the road carrying packages to their recipients. The recipients of the packages are all over the world, and so some delivery vans must travel a lot farther than the others in order to reach their recipients. Some experience delays due to detours and traffic jams. Others experience lost or damaged packages and need to restart the delivery again at the expense of time. The delivery van that travels only a city block or two will get to the destination first and with little chance of damage to the packages. This is because the other delivery vans travel hundreds or even thousands of miles farther to reach the destination, which increases the time required to deliver the package and likelihood of a problem or detour along the way.

With online trading, latency is even more crucial because data must travel round trip to make a single transaction. That is, a price quote must travel from the broker’s server to the trader’s VPS to be processed and then the data must travel the same distance back to the broker’s server to enter or adjust an order. Since the market waits for nobody and will continue to move while price quotes are in transit, the trader with the lower latency VPS will always have a more true and real-time reading of the market then the trader with a higher latency VPS. If the market is volatile and latency high then the price quote may not be “fresh” when it is finally received by the recipient.

The financial advantage of a low latency VPS over any other VPS can be staggering to the trader. To understand why, we only need to adjust our previous example to better reflect the real chain of communication in an online trading scenario. That is, data must travel from the broker to the VPS and back to the broker.

Imagine two traders; one is located in an office two city blocks off Wall Street and the other in a costume shop 880 miles away in Atlanta, Georgia. Both are using the same NYC broker. For the purposes of this illustration, imagine the price quotes and orders are sent by taxi from the broker to the trader and back.

For the first trader in NYC, the data must only travel from the broker down the street two blocks. That trader then sends the taxi back another two blocks with instructions for the broker to open or edit an order.

Although both taxis left the broker at the same time, the second trader will not receive their same price quote before the first trader has already sent their taxi back and entered an order with the broker. This is because the second taxi must travel an additional 880 miles just to deliver the price quote – the first half of the round trip. It must then make the return trip back – all while the market continues to move during their journey to the destination. The first trader will have completed many round trips for every one made by the second trader. During periods of volatile market activity, the price quote received by the second trader may not even be current due to the longer time required to deliver data. Clearly, the trader only two blocks away from the broker has a tremendous advantage over the other nearly 900 miles away.

Although data really travels much faster over the Internet then cars do on the road, the distance data must travel and the time advantages are virtually the same in real world online trading. The result is that the trader closer to the broker will receive price quotes and execute orders significantly sooner and with fewer errors then any other trader, and always have the most current representation of true market conditions.

Errors?

Yes, errors in trading. Higher latency connections are more prone to packet delivery delays and loss. It is a missed opportunity for the trading terminal every time the expert advisor receives a late packet or experiences connection problems with the broker due to the longer path the data must take through the various networks that make up the Internet.

The proof is in the results

If you think this is only theory then think again. The difference can be substantial and will vary with the strategy employed by the EA. Just how much of a difference can be demonstrated by reviewing the same exact EA to the same NYC broker from two different Commercial Network Services data centers, each located on opposite coasts of the United States.

On April 26, 2009, Commercial Network Services restarted all demo expert advisors at US$25,000 to better illustrate the importance of low latency to the online trader. In the most drastic example, the Bogie-NN-v8 expert advisor in the CNS NYC data center enjoyed a 284% larger profit than the same EA in the CNS SDCA (US west coast) data center to the same NYC broker. While the EA managed to earn a US$870 profit on a US$25,000 account after only 9 days from the US west coast VPS, the same EA with a low latency NYC VPS to the same NYC broker earned a US$2,475 profit during the same time period – nearly 3X more profit. The results continue to compound, and can be viewed in real-time on the CNS Top Expert Advisors page. The advantage in this example can be dwarfed by scalping EA’s, such as FapTurbo and Megadroid.

In reviewing the statements side by side, it’s easy to see how lost packets along the way and the higher latency from the increased distance can result in less favorable or missed trades. Every lost or delayed packet is a lost opportunity for the EA.

After reviewing the MT4 log details, William (Wackena) Boatright, the author of Bogie NN-v8 and 2nd place winner of the 2007 Automated Trading Championship said:

“I did not find reason for difference by reviewing logs. I was hoping to find login to server issues. If both demo are running on same server URL, the west coast demo did not see all of the same trade signals that NYC had. Only reason I can think of is server connection difference. I have not seen on my CNS vps, but on my local PC, MT4 terminal will lose connection to server without a log entry to ID. I manually login again and then MT4 terminal reconnects.

Best regards,

William (Wackena)
Bogie Enterprises”

In another example, the advantage of a low latency VPS for EA’s that enter market orders can be realized.  Reviewing the following Artemis Breakout statements side by side demonstrates price advantages for the lower latency VPS with market orders. The Artemis Breakout EA was started on April 30, 2009 in identical VPS’s within CNS data centers on opposite coasts of the United States. After just a few short days, the lower latency VPS is already securing better prices on executions over the higher latency VPS. Notice the time of the two highlighted orders are the same, but the lower latency VPS secured the better price for the market order.  Indeed, the profits realized from the better entry prices will add up quickly.

ABO with NYC VPS to a NYC broker:

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ABO with west-coast VPS to NYC broker:

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It is also interesting to note in the ABO trades dated 09:25 and 13:06, the higher latency VPS appears to have secured the better price.  However, this is really reflecting the movement of the market during the time required for the signals to reach the higher latency VPS and make the return trip back to the broker.  In the trade dated 09:25, the market continued to move up with the trade, and so the higher latency VPS entered the order after the lower latency VPS.   This demonstrates how the market will continue to move during the extended time the data must travel round trip to the trading terminal and broker.  In this specific case, it worked out in favor of the higher latency VPS – but this can not be relied on for long term performance.  Had the market turned quickly, the lower latency VPS will have been better able to respond quicker than the lower latency VPS.  Scalping EA’s will realize the largest advantage in low latency trading.

What’s low latency to one VPS is not necessarily low latency to the other VPS

It is important to remember that latency is relative to the distance between the broker’s server and the VPS. The same east coast VPS can not be expected to perform nearly as well with a west coast broker, when compared to the same EA running in a west coast VPS.

How to use latency to your advantage

Most traders already have an account with a broker before they setup a new VPS. Since the location of the broker is known, the trader only needs to setup in a VPS that is located physically closest to the broker. The VPS that is physically located closer to the broker will have the least latency to that same broker. After the VPS is setup, the trader can transparently enjoy all the benefits of the low latency trading platform and not worry about it again. It is important to note that some brokers may give away a free VPS with a trading account, but these VPS’s do not necessarily have the least latency to the broker.

Commercial Network Services publishes latency to major brokers from CNS data centers in the Knowledge Base, allowing subscribers to setup or move their Trader’s Desktop to the data center closest to their broker. This document also contains information how to test the latency to your broker from any VPS or PC.

As you can see, latency matters! That’s why it’s important to chose a forex vps service that give you the lowest possible latency to your preferred broker!

Sincerely,
Barry