Deutsche Borse Systems, the IT division of Deutsche Borse Group, and Equinix, a US-based provider of data center services, have entered into a strategic data center services contract, to both increase data center capacity and improve execution times for algorithmic traders located in Frankfurt.

From 2011 onwards, Equinix’s FR2 International Business Exchange (IBX) data center, will serve as the new main data center for Deutsche Borse Group in Frankfurt, where electronic trading platforms will be deployed and acting as the central colocation site for customers of Eurex, the international derivatives exchange, and Xetra, the cash market within Deutsche Borse Group.

This deal is the latest in a long line between the two companies. Equinix already provides data center solutions to Deutsche Borse Group in Frankfurt, Chicago, New York and Paris.

Matthias Kluber, EVP and head of networks and infrastructure at Deutsche Borse Systems, said: “We are convinced that this strategic partnership with Equinix will provide maximum benefit to our global customer base, with the data center offering an attractive and strong financial hub for Deutsche Borse Group’s data center operations.

Eric Schwartz, president of Equinix Europe, said: “The current expansion of our Frankfurt data center means Equinix is well positioned to support new customers connecting to the Eurex and Xetra exchanges, and we very much look forward to working closely with the Deutsche Boerse Group to grow this community of market participants.”