Australian Server?

June 3, 2014 9.1k views
I need server to be in Australia. Any solutions or updates on this?
6 Answers

Ping isn't necessarily an issue for me, but legal requirements are. Certain privacy laws require documents to be stored on Australian shores. So I have to host everything elsewhere which is less than ideal.

There are no servers available in Australia but they do have a Singapore data center that has excellent ping times from Australia.
  • Ping time's are generally not 'excellent' from Australia. They're on-par, or worse than hosts located in the US.

    The reasoning is that most ISP's in AU have cheaper transit via the US rather than SE Asia, so your traffic to the Singapore region gets hauled via west coast US and onto Asia from there.

    • This.

      Internet traffic routing is based on cost not distance. You'd be surprised how much traffic is routed through the US.

  • just from ssh, i've found that the typing lag is no different with a droplet hosted in san franciso and a droplet hosted in singapore, sadly.

    though of course, you may have had a different experience.

  • its not all about ping times, some customers require data (by law) to be hosted in Australia

The best way to keep up to date on plans about a possible Australian datacenter is to subscribe and vote on this UserVoice question:

I don't agree about excellent ping times. Typical latency to SGP1 is approx 260ms, while SF is 180ms, so no signups until they have something in Australia

  • I have to agree with this, I'm seeing ping times of 180-200ms with singapore, while websites hosted on TPP or Cloudflare (Melbourne, AU) have ping times of 10-50ms.

For those who want DigitalOcean in Australia, please make sure to vote here:

That's the official channel to ask for improvements.

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