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Subject: Re: UKNM: RE: UKNM Digest V1 #115
From: James Bruce
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1998 14:40:47 GMT

Wrong! the reason that US hosting costs are lower in than the UK's is that
the competitive picture is vastly different. Penetration of over 30% and a
multitude of mature players keeps the costs low, whereas the UK's relatively
modest takeup allows upstream providers to bloat their margins, this then
feeds downstream.

Don't be fooled by all this bandwidth junk!!!

James Bruce
Managing Director
WebWeaver Media Construction Ltd.
Tel: 0171 379 5950
Fax: 0171 240 9096

-----Original Message-----
From: Nick Sellors <nickatderby [dot] org>
To: uk-netmarketingatchinwag [dot] com <uk-netmarketingatchinwag [dot] com>
Date: 15 December 1998 12:14
Subject: Re: UKNM: RE: UKNM Digest V1 #115

On Mon, 14 Dec 1998 15:06:29 +0000, Stefan Magdalinski
<stefanatisness [dot] org> wrote:

>New Media Introductory Course Preliminary Examination Paper 1
>Multiple Choice
>q1) The Physical Location of a web server is important because
>a) most users have a traceroute addiction, and are very loath to conduct
>e-commerce with sites not physically located in the same country.

Most users have a speed addiction and are very loath to conduct
eCommerce with sites that are so slow they are effectively unusable.

>b) IP packets travel at the speed of sound, so it's important to have
>the server near the customers for decent performance.

IP packets travel at the speed of light, so its important to have the
server near the customers for decent performance because packet loss is
a Bad Thing and you should get none with a decent ISP who peers at LINX.

By hosting a site/server in the US that's aimed at the UK market, the
data to and from the remote server will (probably) take different routes
in and out. The only reason for hosting an aimed-at-the-UK eCommerce
site in the US is one of cost. The reason (most) US hosting providers
are cheaper than UK-based ones is because they have good US<--->US
bandwidth but precious little if any of the expensive stuff -
transatlantic. Since they have little transatlantic bandwidth, they'll
be relying on offnet connectivity to get the traffic back to the UK.
Clue: once the data's offnet for them, they don't care about your site's
packet loss.

>c) The Government, worried about security, is going to close the rest of
>the internet, so UK citizens will not be able to access your server
>after the E-commerce bill becomes law.

So choose a provider that can host your server in multiple locations
around the world.

>d) I haven't been doing this stuff very long, I just don't get it.

This gets my vote.

Nick Sellors http://www.derby.org/
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