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Discussion in 'Operating a Hosting Business' started by kunnu, Jan 23, 2015.
It depends on where you and your customers are.
Cities like Los Angeles, Dallas, New Jersey/New York, Chicago, Phoenix are some of the cities that are extremely popular.
from our records i can say, Netherlands and Sweden.
I've never seen so many mentions for Buffalo. Just out of curiosity what are some of the facilities there?
A few observations from what I've seen in the markets...
Significant but unreachable demand for most SPs, in the APAC & South American markets. Infrastructure cost remains too high, without significant hit to margins.
USA - Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, NYC, Silicon Valley are all key markets... markets like Seattle, Washington DC, Salt Lake City are all growing but not quite the recognition of others.
Europe - London, Amsterdam are primary markets. London seems to be growing in preference, IF you can do it at the same cost as Amsterdam. Unfortunately real estate prices make that hard to do.
APAC - Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong all primary markets.
Other things - Miami is always a good way to reach South American market, without nearly the cost. Biggest problem with South America is sourcing hardware into Brazil, where datacenters are probably the most 'mature.' The import tax makes things really difficult. The rise in offsite monitoring, such as wifi enabled pace makers, has caused some markets to grow substantially. Cleveland (represent!) has seen this, with ByteGrid especially taking advantage building out a 300k sq foot datacenter.
Edit: Detroit is also one that is growing significantly. So much cheap real estate, and easy fiber connections have made it a nice option. The city is also going through a bit of a rejuvenation so there's some good tech work going on there.
In USA Dallas seem popular - in Europe Amsterdam, Netherlands
Most people if looking for good speed USA and India location is good one
It is my understanding that the most popular locations for VPS are typically not tier 1 locations. It seems to be somewhat like cheap airlines; while lufthansa or air france have destinations like Paris or London, the cheap carriers go to less attractive - and hence cheaper - locations. In cases where VPS providers actually are at highly desirable locations they tend to be at lower end colocations.
After all, if your product is in the low price range and at the same time your customers are largely price driven, having a dollar or 2 of cost *is* important.
I couldn't disagree more
Based on what I see, my observation is quite true at least at the low end market. And understandably so; colocation is a major cost factor after all.
But I'd be interested in why you (strongly) disagree.
Like it or not, LA is a major hub for the chinese and recent additions in Asia on the lower(ish) end of price are not fundamentally changing that, at least, not yet.
They need proxies to evade censorship, to watch various geolocated streaming services, to install clickers and watchers, spamming, fake/replica sites, the whole range.
Other than that, EU is more and more an attractive place, with the likes of OVH, Online and Hezner which are eating from the market share of the predominant NL DCs of the past, without actually reducing the load there.
I would say West Coast of US, France, NL and to some lesser extent other locations are among the top ones regarding popularity. They offer cheap and in most cases well connected colocation and servers. From within EU I see France and NL as superior to US regarding connections, but this might be a biased view, others may shed a light if they would like.
dependece in Europe is Germany
At first you need to specify location. And then members will help you.
If you interested Europe it is one story, if East it is another. About America it was said enough.
In USA - Dallas is best and popular location for VPS
Ive found Dallas, LA, NY & Germany are good places to host VPS from.
I always thought "popular" is how one's ISP likes the location. If there's a lack of latency and the ISP has to go through great hoops, then maybe it's not the right location. Having said that, although Europe seems to be a good location for some, I'm wondering whether the hosting business is getting over regulated by the EU. I'd be careful with having a serious Website that is aimed at Europe locations. They may find it costly to get up to date with the latest Euro regulations that have come out to protect EU members' privacy. In the US I've had best results speed wise with Phoenix and Dallas. But this is because my ISP seems to be well sorted out for those locations. I don't do well with the West or East Coast.
Earlier it used to be anywhere in USA but nowadays customers need something offshore + onshore + performance which you can find Netherlands or Germany.
Nowadays people are wanting something different in location. For example in the past 2 weeks I have seen people asking for VPS in Ireland. Others were asking for Iran location. Things change constantly and people also change every year.
As far as I know, Los Angeles is the most popular location for Chinese.