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    Server Location

    Does the location of a server affect speed much? I have several download servers all located in the US, and speeds are fine for me (I'm in the US as well), but some people in France, Russia, China, etc., report that speeds are often kind of slow. Would the location of the server be causing this issue with international visitors? Would there be a large enough increase in speed to make it worth it for me to get a few servers in various countries around the world to cater to my international visitors?

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    If your server is located in the USA or EU, you should expect that visitors from across the pond will be able to access your server with great speed (for the web that is, not recommended for game servers). In this case you're limited by your provider and not limited by location.

    However, data transfer in and out of China (and other countries) can be very saturated causing a big slowdown. You can normally see this slow down if you tried accessing a Chinese or Russian website, the pages usually load rather slow.

    If you shove a test file on your server, and then post it here, i'm sure people will download it and report speeds from a variety of locations, to help you determine where the slowdowns are. You can grab a test file from here: http://speedtest.layeredtech.com/

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    Thanks. I've posted an 8mb test file on 3 servers. If possible could some people download them and let me know the speed and where they're located?

    Server 1 - I get 350Kbps in Wisconsin
    http://www.patricksaviation.com/8mb.test.file.zip

    Server 2 - I get 233Kbps in Wisconsin
    http://md0.patricksaviation.com/8mb.test.file.zip

    Server 3 - I get 89 Kbps in Wisconsin
    http://md1.patricksaviation.com/8mb.test.file.zip

    Thanks to all!
    Last edited by patrickkonsor; 10-23-2005 at 02:35 PM.

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    2.5MBps to server 1 from Chicago, IL
    Roughly 700KBps to server 2 from Chicago, IL
    Roughly 100 to 200KBps to server 3 from Chicago, IL

    This was from a 100MBit box at the level3 datacenter on abovenet

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    650KBps to server 1 from Los Angeles, CA
    650KBps to server 2 from Los Angeles, CA
    15 KBps to server 3 from Los Angeles, CA

    Server 1 was the best overall :p

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    If you want to serve alot of data to Europe, consider a location in NY, to eliminate the path from NY to WI to get to your data. This will help but will not ultimately eliminate all issues with European providers. Some of the local Euro ISPs just do not have fast enough access to main lines, so some users speeds will still be limited.

    ^^ My 2 cents anyways....


    Steven

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    Thanks guys, I really appreciate it.

    Does anyone live in Eastern Europe or Asia? I'd like to see some samples from there.

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    http://www.patricksaviation.com/8mb.test.file.zip
    South Korea Wget 238K/s
    HK Wget 218K/s
    China 98K/s
    http://md0.patricksaviation.com/8mb.test.file.zip
    South Korea 266K/s
    HK Wget 114K/s
    China 130K/s
    http://md1.patricksaviation.com/8mb.test.file.zip
    South Korea 25K/s
    HK Wget 19K/s
    China Wget 20K/s

    Let me know if you need EU but since there are many EU pep in here, I may not need post them. I do not live in none of these place, just happen to have server there. Considering all the server located in datacenter with good oversee network, this does not look good.
    Last edited by meknow; 10-23-2005 at 04:13 PM.

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    Thank you.

    There does seem to be a fair bit of a slow down.. Can anyone recommend any dedicated servers in Asia?

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    Do not know any company selling oversea but I can be a middle man. Still I do not recommend any server in asia for the type of your web. The premium bandwidth is really expensive.

    Consider HE or 1wilshire if you are targetting asia, I have good connection with this datacenter from asia....
    Last edited by meknow; 10-23-2005 at 10:46 PM.

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    If you are targetting asia I would highly recommend a server in California.

    We have one located there and it is exteremely popular in japan and china.
    Try file hosting at Simpload.com

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    100Mbit connection in London;
    Mon Oct 24 06:57:56 BST 2005

    http://www.patricksaviation.com/8mb.test.file.zip
    416.58 KB/s

    http://md0.patricksaviation.com/8mb.test.file.zip
    274.48 KB/s

    http://md1.patricksaviation.com/8mb.test.file.zip
    285.48 KB/s

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