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 server 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 8 points of presence in the region where you can order a bare metal 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 8 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.

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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

We have presence in all of the key locations with 8 data centers. Below is a short rundown of our PoPs in the region and how you benefit from ordering a server at each of them.

Atlanta

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. 

Colocation partner: Digital Realty

Carriers available: Cogent, NTT Communications, Comcast, Claro Brazil

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.

Colocation partner: CoreSite

Carriers available: NTT Communications, Telia, Comcast, Tata, Cogent

Learn more about our data center in L.A.

Chicago

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.

Colocation partner: CoreSite

Carriers available: NTT Communications, Telia, Comcast, Tata, Cogent

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.

Colocation partner: Digital Realty

Carriers available: NTT Communications, Telia, Comcast, Telefonica, Tata, Cogent

Learn more about our data center in New York

Miami

To cover South East of US, we decided to expand to Miami, which guarantees affordable connectivity to the LATAM region as well.

Colocation partner: Equinix

Carriers available: NTT Communications, Telia, Comcast, Telefonica, Cogent, Sparkle

Learn more about our data center in Miami

Dallas

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.

Colocation partner: Equinix

Carriers available: NTT Communications, Tata, Cogent

Learn more about our data center in Dallas

Seattle

Great for serving traffic to Western Canada, as well as Northwestern regions of United States. 

Colocation partner: Equinix

Carriers available: Cogent, Comcast, NTT Communications, Telia

Learn more about our data center in Seattle

Denver

Our last and final location in the States is located in Denver, and is thus perfectly suited for traffic delivery across the Central USA.

Colocation partner: CoreSite

Carriers available: Cogent, Comcast, NTT Communications, Telia

Learn more about our data center in Denver

 

With DataPacket, you’ll easily cover the whole U.S. market. 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.

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.