Datacenter AMS3 not in Amsterdam?

Posted February 1, 2018 6k views

Hi there,

We’re a company based in Amsterdam, so we want our droplets in Amsterdam what should be possible.
When I do a look up at the IP-addresses of my droplets, they all return London as location.

How is this possible while we have chosen AMS3 as datacenter?


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We often add new IP blocks to our data centers to keep up with demand. Unfortunately the system that is used for geoip lookups is simply a database that is not updated in real time. When an IP is reassigned it can take days or even weeks for geoip results to be updated.

You can confirm the location of your droplet by performing a traceroute to it. This will map the route that packets take from your location to your droplet.

On Linux/Mac

traceroute your_droplet_ip

On Windows

tracert your_droplet_ip

The results will show each hop your packets take between your computer and your server. Most backbone providers use airport codes (AMS in this case) to identify the geographical location of many of the nodes that will be listed in the traceroute which will allow you to see the geographical path to your droplet. These results are based on the actual path your packets take rather than a centralized database that might lag behind.