Latency Is Still A Major Cloud Problem

Latency is often cited as a reason why offshore data centres aren’t a great choice. Figures cited at Data Center World suggest the issue isn’t going to be resolved in a hurry.

Lifehacker’s coverage of Data Center World 2014 is presented by the Microsoft Cloud, providing flexible enterprise cloud solutions for business.

During his opening keynote, Litbit CEO Scott Noteboom quoted the following figures for typical response times when connecting to US data centres.

Continent Response time to US
Asia 113ms
Australia 107ms
Europe 180ms
North America 58ms
South America 169ms

While major cloud providers such as AWS and Azure typically offer cloud hosting in multiple countries, many customers choose the US option either because it’s cheaper or to provide better service to US customers. However, even the US performance isn’t ideal for some applications. “50ms or under is what people are driving towards,” Noteboom said.

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