Much of Wall Street's trading is executed in microseconds, powered by low-latency electronic trading platforms housed in some of the world's most connected data centers. Wall Street & Technology recently offered a glimpse inside one of these facilities with a photo gallery of a Savvis Inc. data center that houses the company's Proximity Trading operation in the New York market. The building houses servers for five major exchanges, including the American Stock Exchange, Philadelphia Stock Exchange, and BATS Trading.
The Savvis data center features tight security, including an array of access restrictions using passkeys and several types of biometrics (including hand scanners and facial recognition). It also features one of the coolest man-traps we've seen, a glass security portal (pictured at left) controlled by a biometric scanner, complete with a weight sensor that can detect if a visitor's weight changes while they are in the data center, indicating an attempt to remove equipment. Check out the photo gallery for more.