U.S. Dedicated Servers – How to choose the right location?

Are you looking to deliver traffic in the USA and wondering which location to choose for your dedicated hosting? In this article, you’ll learn about key internet hubs in the U.S., important factors that come into play when making such a decision and you’ll get a brief history lesson on the emergence of the Internet itself. Last but not least, we’ll show you our 6 data centers in the region where you can order a dedicated server for your purposes.


Key internet exchange points in U.S.

The Internet as we know it today started off in the US in 1969. It went from being a US military organized network called the ARPANET to a decentralized TCP/IP infrastructure that was designed for university research only. Commercial use of the Internet was forbidden until the early 90s with most of the core infrastructure being managed by the state.


Did you know?

The TCP/IP protocol was introduced in 1983 to specify the basic format of packets transmitted through the Internet which allowed decentralization of the system and increased the rate of adoption worldwide.


Things really took off in 1994 when the Clinton administration privatized the Internet backbone, making sure that no single company had control over too much of the infrastructure. This helped create a competitive environment for internet connectivity present to this day.

When the core backbone was privatized all of the big ISP players would eventually form partnerships resulting in settlement-free exchange of traffic (also known as peering) and these interconnections were formed in 8 key regions across the US.

As the Internet grew a few more locations gained on importance due to technological investments in the region and of course their geographical location. If you derive the most important nodes in terms of geographical location and end to end connectivity, we are left with 7 key strategic locations and once present at all of them you can effectively reach the vast majority of the US internet population (and Canada). See map below for all locations.



Quality of IP connectivity & network performance

If you have a popular service and your goal is to reach all of the US internet population with low latency you need to be as close to your end-users as possible & have quality IP connectivity ensured by your dedicated server provider.

The quality of IP connectivity is determined by 3 key aspects:

  1. The volume of transit capacity your provider has.
  2. The number of TIER 1 carriers the provider cooperates with
  3. By the ability to reroute traffic effectively through optimal routes when needed (this can often only be achieved if aspects one and two are met).

As we strive to have the best low-latency network worldwide and provide you with high-quality IP connectivity, we always make sure we meet all of the 3 key aspects highlighted in the paragraph above. 

That is why we have set ourselves a goal to be present at all of the core 7 US locations as that is where all of the major carriers interconnect and all of the major network routes meet. Being present allows us to create strategic partnerships with carriers to ensure enough reserved capacity across all routes and to reach your end-users in even the smallest networks effectively.



Our data centers in the region

You can currently order your US dedicated server in 6 of the 7 key locations. Below is a short rundown of the locations and how you benefit from ordering a server at each of them.


Atlanta was our first location in the US (2nd globally). We entered the market being one of the very few providers offering truly unshared and unlimited 10Gbps uplinks to customers. People showed immediate interest in our service and we knew that we had to move forward fast to address the growing demand.

Data center partner: Digital Realty

Why choose a dedicated server in Atlanta: Low latency delivery across the East and central part of the US. Good connections to South America (Brazil).

Carriers available: Cogent, NTT, Comcast

Learn more about our data center in Atlanta

Los Angeles

We continued our US expansion with Los Angeles. There were two reasons for choosing this location. First was to cover the West Coast, the second was to offer quality IP delivery to the APAC region for a fraction of the cost for local traffic. Some customers choose Los Angeles for cheap traffic to Australia as well.

Data center partner: CoreSite

Why get a dedicated server in Los Angeles: Low latency delivery across the West Coast. Affordable connectivity to the APAC region.

Carriers available: GTT, Cogent, Hibernia, Tata, Telia, Comcast

Learn more about our data center in L.A.


With having West Coast and part of the East covered we decided our next core location would be Chicago. Chicago not only offers great connectivity in the central US, but also good connections to some parts of Canada.

Data center partner: CoreSite

Why get a dedicated server in Chicago: Fast connections across central/North US and to Canada

Carriers available: GTT, Cogent, Telia, Comcast, Roger, Telus, Shaw, Videotron, Bell

Learn more about our data center in Chicago

New York

Our 4th location was New York. This location was long awaited by everyone and it offers the best coverage of the East coast of US, good connections to Europe and the best connections to Eastern Canada.

Data center partner: Digital Realty

Why get a dedicated server in New York: Low latency connections across East US and Canada.

Carriers available: Cogent, GTT, Core Backbone, Telia, Comcast, Telefonica, Bell

Learn more about our data center in New York


Miami offers great delivery of traffic across the South East of US and for affordable connectivity to the LATAM region.

Data center partner: Equinix

Why get a dedicated server in Miami: Direct connections to the South and Latin-American markets via multiple fiber optic cables. Great local performance thanks to easy connectivity to major carriers at FL-IX.

Carriers available: Cogent, NTT, Tata, GTT, Telia, Claro, Telefonica, Comcast, Sparkle

Learn more about our data center in Miami


Dallas was the next logical step with great access to Central American routes. Dallas datacenter covers one of the largest metro areas in the US, and you can easily reach the Southern US, Mexico, and Central America.

Data center partner: Equinix

Why get a dedicated server in Dallas: Low latency connections across Southern US and Central America.

Carriers available: Cogent, NTT, Tata

Learn more about our data center in Dallas


If you’re interested in ordering a dedicated server in any of these locations, take a look at our pricing where you can customize the setup and hardware, according to your bandwidth needs. Want to test us first? No problem, we got you covered with our 7-day trial.


What have we got lined up for you next?

Our expansion across the American continent is not over yet. The remaining point of presence to establish a full coverage of the U.S. market is Seattle. We’re currently in negotiations with local colocation providers and you can expect to order a server there in the first quarter of 2020. If this is a location you are particularly interested in, drop us a message and we will reserve a server for you right away. 

Regardless of the location of your dedicated server, you can always expect unshared premium connectivity from multiple Tier 1 transit providers, expert technical support ready to solve your requests 24/7 and a customer-oriented approach of a fast moving company, constantly looking for ways to make you happy.

Do you miss any other location? Drop us a message at sales@datapacket.com and we’ll see what we can do!