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MT5 Access Server for Forex Brokers: Virtual vs. Dedicated

MT5 Access Server for Forex Brokers: Virtual vs. Dedicated

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Jun 14, 2024 · Forex

MetaTrader 5 (MT5) is a popular multi-asset trading platform that helps traders automate Forex and stock trades. Whilst MetaTrader 4 (MT4) was designed solely for Forex trading, MT5 was developed with extended functionality, offering traders the ability to trade in almost all financial markets, including cryptocurrencies. 

With that being said, in order for MT5 to run efficiently a reliable server with robust infrastructure is crucial. For Forex Brokers, choosing the right server is essential for seamless trading operations.

In this article we will take a closer look at Dedicated and Virtual servers, and which one should be preferred for hosting an MT5 Access server.

What is MT5 

Developed by MetaQuotes, MT5 is a trading platform used by traders and brokers in the financial markets. The platform provides advanced trading tools and technical analysis, and is popular due to its user-friendly interface and ease of implementing automated trading strategies.

In a previous article we explained what an MT5 Access (or Proxy) Server is doing and why it is a crucial component of a Broker’s MT5 infrastructure.

Read more about MT5 Access Servers and why they are needed >>

What is a Dedicated Server 

A dedicated server is a type of hosting solution where a client leases an entire physical server, and its resources are not shared with anyone else. A dedicated server offers enhanced performance and security, as well as complete control over resources and configurations. 

What is a Virtual Server 

A virtual private server (VPS) is a hosting method where one physical server is partitioned to create multiple virtual machines. Each virtual server replicates the same functionality as a dedicated server, and operates as an independent, virtualized system. 

Dedicated server vs. Virtual server 

For FX brokers operating MT5 access servers, choosing between dedicated and virtual servers requires some consideration. Whilst both are viable options, the decision ultimately comes down to the broker’s specific needs regarding deployment time, performance, security, and scalability.

Faster Deployment Time

When it comes to deployment time, virtual server is the winner. A good strategy Brokers should use is to deploy several MT5 Access Servers, in different regions around the world, so they cover as many locations where their traders reside.

That being said, a virtual server is usually preferred due to its very short (even instant) deployment time versus a longer deployment time that a dedicated server will need.

Performance 

A dedicated server provides FX Brokers with complete control over its resources and exclusive access to its hardware. All things being equal, a dedicated server will always outperform a virtual server, but that doesn’t go to say that a virtual server isn’t a highly efficient solution for FX Brokers. 

Security 

In terms of security, both dedicated and virtual servers have their advantages. Since dedicated servers offer exclusive access to hardware, the risk of security breaches caused by shared resources is diminished.

On the other hand, virtual servers come with extensive security features and can be protected through proper configuration. Both are secure choices for FX Brokers, as long as they are maintained with stringent security practices. 

Scalability 

Virtual servers often allow for easier scalability since they’re designed to allow the instantaneous adjustment of resources. This in itself is a huge advantage for FX Brokers who experience fluctuating trading volumes or wish to expand their operations, as physical hardware upgrades are not necessary.

Of course, dedicated servers can still be scaled up, although it will take a lot longer to do so when compared to a virtual server. 

NetShop ISP MT5 Access Servers 

Whether you’re considering a dedicated server or a virtual server, NetShop ISP can provide you with low-latency network infrastructure, so that you can deliver uninterrupted financial services to your customers.

If you’re still unsure on which server to opt for, speak to one of our Forex specialists here for some extra advice based on your requirements. 

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