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When it comes to doing business in the United Kingdom, there is one very important reason as to why many hosting providers, including ColossusCloud, locate their cloud data centers outside of the UK: Internet exchange peering points.

Interestingly, the second biggest peering point in the world actually lies slightly off the UK – in Amsterdam.

What is a peering point anyway?A peering point is a special physical location where Internet carriers, such as BT from the UK and Comcast from the US, connect and exchange traffic. For example, if your Internet provider is BT and you are sending a file to somebody from the US using Comcast, your file has to go through a peering point where both providers connect with each other.

So, what does that have to do with where your cloud server is located? Well, the closer a server is to a peering point, the better access it has to it. And in terms of Internet traffic volume exchange, Amsterdam is the second largest peering point in the world.

So, if you are in the UK and you want to move to a virtual cloud server, look south. Look to ColossusCloud. We are now serving cloud servers from Amsterdam, in addition to our other locations.

Sign up with ColossusCloud today to start deploying virtual cloud servers!


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