As a host targetting the UK market I'm currently wondering where it is best to have my next servers located.
Currently I have servers with Sagonet, and if I choose US based servers again I will be buying from them.
I'm also interested in buying from Coreix in the UK, although I'm only willing to pay the extra costs for the benefit of having the servers located within the UK. As all of my company's customers are in the UK, it makes sense to me to have the servers located over here.
What I want to know is, how much difference will it make to the websites and connection speed depending on where I choose to locate the servers?
if all your doing is hosting sites etc and nothing else like gameservers, you can get by easily with us based servers as the lag from going to the us and back is not noticeable for websites so its sort of pointless paying more for uk based unless your actually going to go visit the server
This thread will probably get lots of [biased] replies from those who offer US based services recommending to go US based and replies from those who offer UK based recommending the other way. I've seen it happen before
As someone who uses both, I can actually notice a difference in speed when browing the websites, accessing ssh/control panels, etc. However, this may be due to the fact I work on them every day and for the casual website owner it may well be unnoticable.
When I started hosting I used UK-based servers, but at that time (3 years ago) bandwidth in the UK was charged at an extortionate rate and server rental in general was a fair bit higher (comparing spec for spec), so I started using US-based servers instead.
When I moved to US-based servers I had far better web site performance simply because I could afford a much higher spec box for the same money.
Raw ping times would of course have been slower, but that wasn't really relevant to the 'standard' type of web hosting I was offering.
Prices for bandwidth/servers in the UK have dropped a fair bit since then so it's less of an issue issue now, but I still think (at least up until recently) one can get a better deal on US-based servers overall.
I would, however, make a very thorough comparison between what one can buy in both the UK and US if I was ever to get back into hosting. I haven't really looked at UK servers in the last year or so and it's quite possible that they've caught up even more in terms of value for money now.
If ping times (and related services) are important then it'll be UK-based servers that you'll want (20ms to UK as opposed to 110ms to US by my last comparison).
One other thing you might want to bear in mind is the influence a server's location might have on SEO. Now I don't know much about this, but I have heard that SEO for a UK site pitching to UK customers is more effective if the servers are UK-based. I have also had SEO practicioners telling me that it makes no difference, so you may want to investigate and try to get a definitive answer.
It's all based on latency, a lot of you say, "well so long as I can download fast from the USA, what's the problem!" ...
Your problem is latency, thats the time it takes to get something from one end to the other, websites load by getting something from end to end, then going and getting the next part, etc, etc, and this takes probably 5x as longer if the server were NY based, rather than London.
You really can see the difference IMO.
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Originally posted by RazorBlue - Dan
You really can see the difference IMO.
Yes, I think you can. On like-for-like servers under a like-for-like load located in both countries one can notice the difference in load times of a complex page.
If the like-for-like costs are the same then it's no contest.
However, if the like-for-like costs aren't the same then the page load time isn't different enough to be an issue for most web site users (who may prefer to have the savings the host makes passed onto them). Of course the speed critical merchant should be looking for a server as close to his customer base as possible.