Well, there is a lot of demand of servers in China as we serve this market, however due to the requirements in China we have to turn down most of the inquiries. From a foreign user perspective, a server in China can only be used for non-web applications such as monitoring, backups etc. Hosting a website is not an option.
Hong Kong and Singapore have traditionally been among the top Asian hubs for hosting/colocation so I guess the demand should be there.
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Yes. The bandwidth costs a lot more in AP. Most servers share 100M switch ports, to minimize the cost.
However, with the growing local markets, overseas companies increasingly have to find a way to reach Asian customers with their web presence locally. Hence my interest to explore this business. I do have some potentially lesser expensive bandwidth options for markets such as China.
Let me know if anyone is interested in exploring this idea jointly.
-1 for Korea. The laws are so ridiculous right now. Though, they're currently discussing drawing back some of their totalitarian laws. If I have people in Korea to serve, I get a server in Japan instead.
I'm sure there's a lot of interest in Asian servers, but when that interest meets up with the high prices for bandwidth, generally poor interconnections between Asian countries, and often unfriendly legal situations for hosting, there's a lot of desire for servers but understandably much less actual activity. If these problems could be resolved, then there would definitely be an explosion of hosting in the region, but that's really outside of the control of a hosting provider. Even with these problems it's going to be a growing market, but the question of whether you can take advantage of that growth or not is an open question.