FX Inside Alpha offers for hardware to be co-located in Integral’s data centers and to run in enclosures managed by Integral. A user can choose from a hands-on configuration, a hosted solution that includes the leasing of Integral’s managed blade servers; or hands-off, where users provide their own hardware to be placed in Integral’s data centers.
Similarly with respect to software, the options range from a configuration built entirely with Integral software solutions to a variety of mixed environments. Users can write their own programs (‘Add-ins’) in any Microsoft-compatible programming language such as Visual Basic.NET and C#.
These add-ins allow a user to extend the existing functionality and change the behavior of FX Inside to meet one’s very specific trading strategy goals. Add-ins consume real-time market updates as and when they are received, or as per specific instructions. One can also create add-ins to use the Object Model to submit orders, consume order and trade notifications, and receive position and P/L updates.
Integral Development, an integrated development environment (IDE) included in the solution allows for complete customization and extension of FX Inside Professional. Users can alter FX Inside Professional and write their own algorithms in standard Microsoft development environments.
Harpal Sandhu, CEO of Integral Development, said: “The trading and technology infrastructure required to make algorithmic trading work can be daunting. We are making it easy by offering a complete solution set in the form of on demand services.
“This includes servers, the network, an execution management system, back testing, liquidity and live trading support. FX Inside Alpha is designed to lower the barrier of entry to FX algorithmic trading and jumpstart the next round of innovation in this booming segment of the market.
Integral Development develops and operates FX Grid, a global multi-sided trading facility (MTF) connecting active market participants with major sources of FX liquidity.