High-frequency flap over CME’s Aurora data centre

Exchange group’s migration to Google’s cloud could render HFT networks redundant


CME Group is considering closing its main data centre in Aurora, Illinois as part of the cloud services deal it signed with Google in 2021, despite fierce opposition to the move among Chicago-based proprietary trading firms (PTFs).

The Aurora co-location centre is home to all of CME’s trading data across interest rates, commodities, equities and foreign exchange futures and options.

Late last year, the exchange group privately asked some PTFs where it should locate its data centre if it

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