High data center proximity is one of the most sought-after conveniences by data users. A data center within reach undoubtedly comes with great connection speed, among other benefits. However, data has proven again and again that it breaks all borders.
Over the last decade, a few tech giants moved their primary data centers from urban cities to rural sites. Widespread speculations hinted the relocation trend would help jump-start the economy of the rural destinations. These speculations weren’t exactly wrong. However, the primary goal for rural data centers was to help reduce maintenance costs, disaster risks, and latency issues. On the surface, the rural data center seemed to have broken the barriers of geographic distance in data mobility. It did. Relatively.
Tech giants understand how crucial maintaining high connectivity speed is, and they use Edge computing to avoid the problem posed by geographic distance. Edge computing helps distribute data through micro data centers installed close to clusters of users. This system allows distant users to enjoy high connectivity and computing power.
The data center relocation trend proved that proximity would always remain an integral factor in colocation services. And that’s more visible in the services offered by small data center colocation providers who can’t afford edge computing.
Regarding the impact of geographic distance on small-scale data center colocation, here are key highlights on working around location and latency.
How does latency work?
Latency refers to the hold-up in data transfer from a source to a request point. It’s every colocation provider’s nightmare. Users can’t stand it, and providers can’t afford it.
Your server is the source in this case, and a data request can come from virtually anywhere. While you can significantly reduce latency, you can’t eradicate it. High proximity is the major factor in latency reduction, but your provider’s router capability, transmission medium, storage speed, and database optimization quality play a huge role.
With network latency, closer always means better. But of course, you can’t have a data center next door. To get the optimum server speed, ensure that your colocation provider’s facility is within a hundred miles of your end users’ position. Also, a backup data center within a fifty-mile distance of your provider’s primary facility is a great plus in case of a disaster.
Data center colocation is intentional work. At Coloco, we put in the work to provide optimum colocation services. Check out our offers today.