Geographic Distance’s Effect on Data Latency

Geography is always at the top of the list of considerations by companies when choosing a colocation partner or data center location.  Location can affect everything from the cost of electricity to the availability of a skilled workforce.  What is unclear is whether or not geographic distances affect the issue of latency.

This white paper from CyrusOne demonstrates that distance-based latency typically has a trivial effect on the user experience, and that in cases where latency might influence that experience, the cause lies not in distance, but in other technical factors.  It discusses the impact of latency on business metrics, and the varying levels of acceptable latency.  It also discusses several evolutionary developments in application design and implementation that have combined to eliminate latency, such as web-enabled applications and the cost of bandwidth.

Learn about the relationship between geographic distance and network latency. Click here to download this white paper from CyrusOne on latency, and its trivial effect on most U.S. companies.

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  1. "demonstrates" or "claims"?