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    Which Softlayer datacenter?

    Which is better? Seattle or Dallas?

    Noticed that Seattle runs on Internap only but i get slower speeds from there and the ping is higher from Europe.


    So please go to https://www.softlayer.com/network_dallas.html# and click "Network Speed Test" and test both datacenters.
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    Hi!

    You are right, ping time is little higher for Europe at Seattle, approx 20 - 40 ms more than that of there Dallas DC.

    But I don't find any significant speed/latency issue from Asia/Pacific & Europe. I moved from Dallas to Seattle DC because my 75% traffic are mainly from Asia/Pacific, practically giving better performance than earlier.

    Also, having only InterNAP connectivity, doesn't effect at all.

    It's my experience, you have to consider DC according to your demand.

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    I'm in Dallas, and its awesome for me (i'm in Canada)
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    Quote Originally Posted by abhi5819 View Post
    You are right, ping time is little higher for Europe at Seattle, approx 20 - 40 ms more than that of there Dallas DC.
    In fact, 40ms or a bit more.

    This is significant. From Germany to Dallas, the latency is
    something near 135ms and from Germary to Seattle, 175ms,
    an increase of 30%. Just to compare, Germany to New York is
    near 90ms while Seattle to Los Angeles is 30ms.


    It's my experience, you have to consider DC according to your demand.
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    My SL servers are in dallas - They run fantastic (of course). Dallas is a much... "hotter" place for networks and datacenters than Seattle, thus - the internet connectivity and networks available in dallas will usually provide faster and more stable connectivity. I'd go with dallas if I were you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hastings View Post
    My SL servers are in dallas - They run fantastic (of course). Dallas is a much... "hotter" place for networks and datacenters than Seattle, thus - the internet connectivity and networks available in dallas will usually provide faster and more stable connectivity. I'd go with dallas if I were you.

    I think if your primary audience is in the US, SL Dallas is better than SL Seattle.

    But if your audience is in Asia Pacific / Oceania, Seattle/San Jose are better options if you want to host the server in the US.

    And if your primary audience is in Europe or Middle East, surely you should host the server in Europe.
    Last edited by dotHostel; 01-20-2008 at 11:57 AM.
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    What speeds did you get?
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    The real difference you're going to see is in geographical targeting.

    Dallas will give you pretty good speeds all across the US and to Europe (although NYC might be a bit better). If your audience is in Asia, Seattle will be a more logical choice.

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    We just expand to the second datacenter near Seattle, but still recommend our EU-based to stay with the first datacenter in Dallas. As other mentioned above, if your visitors are mainly from EU, you would be better to use SL Dallas datacenter

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    South America is better served with Dallas DC too (40ms fewer than Seattle).

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    I'd vote Dallas, however I'm biased since our DC is in Dallas too.

    Yeah, Dallas pretty much rocks when it comes to connectivity.
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