When searching for a hosting plan that’s right for you, one often overlooked aspect is the data center location that will house your servers. Depending on where you are in the world, your distance from the data center housing your server can potentially impact your web hosting experience. In this article we will discuss the importance of data center locations and provide a brief overview of InMotion Hosting’s data centers.
- Why Does Data Center Location Matter?
- InMotion Hosting Data Center Locations
- Choosing Your Data Center
Why Does Data Center Location Matter?
While data centers exist all over the world, the location of the data center that houses your server can have a noticeable impact on the quality of your web hosting experience.
One of the unavoidable aspects of long-distance internet communications is high latency. The term latency describes a measure of delay between two events.
In the context of the internet, latency refers to the amount of time it takes for data to perform a round-trip between two points in a network. In most cases, these two points are represented by a user on their personal computer and a server in a data center.
The amount of time it takes for a unit of data to travel from the server in the data center to your personal computer is considered the latency of the network. This is usually measured in milliseconds and expressed as ms. This is also frequently referred to as the response time of a server.
Another aspect to consider when it comes to choosing a data center location is the surrounding infrastructure.
For example, if your server is housed in a data center located in a geographically isolated region, the surrounding infrastructure may result in bottlenecks or signal degradation that will ultimately translate to a higher latency between you and your server. This can cause sites to load more slowly, files to download less quickly, and some applications may time out entirely.
To avoid potential downtime due to infrastructure-related issues, choose a data center in a region with high-quality infrastructure that will facilitate faster and more reliable internet communications.
InMotion Hosting Data Center Locations
West Coast US
One of InMotion Hosting’s data centers is located in Los Angeles, California, on the west coast of the United States. This data center is in a highly-developed region with modern network infrastructure, providing an ideal location for high-performance web hosting services for users all over the world. While users in the pacific region will likely see the lowest latencies, the high-throughput network infrastructure will ensure a reliable performance no matter what region you’re connecting from.
East Coast US
InMotion Hosting’s other data center is located in Ashburn, Virginia, on the east coast of the United States. Similar to the west coast data center, this region is highly-developed with modern network infrastructure. While users connecting to this data center from the Atlantic region will see the lowest latencies, users in any region of the world can connect to this data center and enjoy reliable, high-speed web hosting services. Thanks to advancements in fiber optic technology and server-side optimization, high-performance web hosting is at your fingertips no matter where you are.
Choosing Your Data Center
By signing up with InMotion Hosting, you can rest assured that your server will be housed in one of our state-of-the-art data centers surrounded by high-capacity infrastructure. This means your server will be online and accessible, no matter where you are in the world.