Hi all, I have been trading for years, and I am looking to take my trading to the next level. I have spent the past year researching, putting together, back testing tick data, programming some algos in C++ etc... some strategies that will require a little bit of speed. The type of speed a retail platform will not be able to provide me with, but not the type of speed needed for latency arb. I do not have a million's to dish out on fees per month! I am entering uncharted territories as I know very little about putting together a low latency system. I am would like some advice on setting up such a system. I am planning on trading my strategies on global futures markets. I have spoken with the folks at RTS and they do provide a turnkey solution at a reasonable price, however if I am able to put together a "fast enough", system to get me started, at a lower monthly cost I am very interested in doing so. What is the basic recipe, for people starting out in this business? API, Colo, Complex event processing software, leased line, data center, low latency price feed, servers - I fail to see how these pieces fit together and what the essentials are to putting together a system on a budget. Please hit me with some advice or point me towards some resources that might be useful to me. Thanks guys. Happy trading!