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What are the benefits of using a VPS server for trading?

Trading is a business that takes much time, study and a great control of your emotions. All this can be ruled out with the use of an automatic trading system. But what exactly is a software for automatic trading?

Well, an automated trading software is nothing other than an application by which people can invest in financial markets with simplicity and without any engagement. The opening, management and closing of the operation are fully managed automatically. The investor, with this tool, can completely exclude the emotional factor, and the time required to observe the markets.

An automated trading system has huge advantages, but requires some precautions, such as finding ways to operate the software without any interruptions that may result in a loss of money. The solution can be the Forex VPS (Virtual Private Server), a virtual PC positioned within a company’s server, that can safely and perfectly operate 24/24, 365 days a year.

Especially your PC is not set for the trading like a Forex VPS, with a 250mbs connection, autologin in case of reboots – feature that allows you to automatically open the MetaTrader 4 with your Expert Advisor – and the ability to access it from any device, even when you’re out.

Thanks to a VPS server, the automated trading system can operate continuously without any physical presence and with the ability to turn off your PC or use it to handle other tasks.

What are the benefits of using a VPS server for trading?

You can upload platforms such as Metatrader 4 and upload your Expert Advisors

You are safe from any power and internet connection outages, failures etc…

You can have a second Internet connection and do your research directly from the server

You can access the VPS server from any PC or mobile device simply by typing an IP address

Rental of a VPS server has a variable cost depending on the configuration you choose. Usually, for a trader a “basic” hardware configuration is enough: from an economic point of view, it costs no more than 30 euro a month.

On the internet, we have found the service offered by FOREXSTAK®, a Forex VPS Server Optimized for MT4 and Any Broker. Prices change depending on the desired configuration and range from € 29.99 to € 139.99 per month as indicated on the Hosting Stak website.

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:


Follow the directions given there. Simple and easy.

Happy trading!

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 ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from us-live01.mt4tradeserver.com ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=116 time=7.77 ms
64 bytes from us-live01.mt4tradeserver.com ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=116 time=7.00 ms
64 bytes from us-live01.mt4tradeserver.com ( icmp_seq=3 ttl=116 time=7.44 ms
64 bytes from us-live01.mt4tradeserver.com ( icmp_seq=4 ttl=116 time=7.19 ms
— 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 ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=119 time=38.1 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=119 time=36.7 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=119 time=38.2 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=119 time=37.1 ms
— 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 ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=119 time=7.69 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=119 time=7.55 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=119 time=7.39 ms
— 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 ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=122 time=1.46 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=122 time=1.43 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=122 time=1.45 ms
— 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.



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,



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:




My Forex VPS solution will look like this

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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!


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


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:


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

Many pips to you!


My Forex VPS Affiliate Program

Hi there!

A week or so back I made a post announcing to the world my intentions to start my own Forex VPS company (see this link) and the response has been great so far. However there is still room for maybe 50 or so interested clients. This is where I am going to need your help. The way I thought it would be best to ask for help is to allow people to become affiliates of this forex vps venture. No doubt you can see how this would be a win-win situation.

If you happen to have a forex related website or mailing list you can earn a stable monthly income just by sending out an e-mail or making a blog/website post.

First off I would recommend that you checkout this link to learn the details of the forex vps solution.

Now that you know what it’s all about and the necessary details I bet you can’t wait to join the affiliate program. Well before you get to that part let’s discuss the all important factor of  what and how much you get out of it. I was thinking a reasonable commission to offer would be 25% of the company’s profits. I am planning on raising that commission level later on as efficiencies of scale lower my overall infrastructure costs, but for now 25% is what I can offer you for your help.

Factoring in the expected infrastructure costs for the first year I’ve calculated that 25% of the profit per customer comes out to $3 /month per customer for YOU. I’ve dome some research into it and this is roughly what most of the other forex vps companies pay their affiliates.

As I mentioned in the post where I introduced this vps solution, at the moment I do not have a website yet that you can refer traders to because there is a minimum number of interested traders that I need to have on board and I haven’t reached that goal yet. So until that goal gets met I’m afraid I’m going to have to set this affiliate program in a bit of “ghetto” way. The wayt I’ve done it with the two affiliates that have joined me is like this:

1) I setup a dedicated aweber mailing list for each affiliate. Then the affiliate can pass on the link to the mailing list join form to their clients/viewers.

2) The affiliates then send out a e-mail blast / website post asking their viewers/mailing list members whether they’d be interested in signing up for the forex vps solution once it goes live.

3) Traders they refer will continue to sign-up for the special mailing list I setup each affiliate.

Once my forex vps solution goes live I am going to manually move all the clients that signed-up for a particular affiliate’s mailing list into that affiliate’s dedicated affiliate account.

This is only a TEMPORARY solution/method to join my affiliate program. Later on once I have the entire infrastructure up and running I’ll have a formal affiliate program with referral links and all that good stuff.

So if you’re interested in joining my forex vps affiliate program all you have to do is fire off an e-mail to alan [-at-] alansforexblog.com (replace the -at- with the @ symbol) and let me know.

Thanks for your attention!

I hope to have you on board as an affiliate!