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Expanding Horizons: Announcing the Availability of 13 New Data Center Locations

Updated on August 24, 2023

4 Min Read
New Data Centers

Cloudways is excited to announce the addition of 16 new data centers to our server lineup. Consisting of a mix of AWS & GCE servers, these will open up 13 new locations for Cloudways users.

Before, customers had the choice of 42 Data Centers across 30 different locations with our 3 Cloud providers. With these new additions, our customers will be able to choose from a total of 58 data centers across 43 different locations.

Whether you’re looking to boost performance in Europe or expand to new markets like the Middle East, we’ve got you covered.

Some of the new locations include Tel Aviv, Doha, Munich, and other regions we haven’t been able to offer until now. We can’t wait for new and existing customers alike to take advantage of these data centers and unlock new hosting possibilities.

New Data Center Locations

We selected these new locations based on two key factors – expanding Cloudways coverage and customer demand. Many of the added regions were previously unavailable on our platform. Hence, establishing data centers in these locations allows us to offer our customers the flexibility to host in even more regions.

We also considered where users have shown significant interest when choosing locations. For example, we observed significant demand from individuals in Israel and South Korea. As a result, we have added Tel Aviv and Seoul to serve these markets with in-region hosting options better.

By choosing locations that balance expanding our footprint and emerging customer demand, we aim to provide infrastructure choices that best fit our customer needs.

The new data center locations are as follows:

New Data Center Locations

Understanding Regional Capabilities

Server Types on Cloudways

You can launch two types of AWS servers & three types of GCE servers on Cloudways.

AWS

In the case of AWS servers, the two server types are Standard & CO, with standard servers being backed by AWS general purpose instances. Namely, T3 & M5, which offer a balanced mix of compute, memory, & network resources, meaning they’re ideal for general-purpose websites

On the other hand, AWS CO servers are backed by compute-optimized C5 instances, meaning they have extra CPU power, making them ideal for compute-intensive applications.

GCE

Regarding GCE, three types of servers can be launched on Cloudways: Standard, CO, & HC. Standard servers are backed by Google’s N1 Standard machine series. These servers offer a balanced mix of memory (for handling content and visitors) and CPU power (for processing data and keeping things speedy).

GCE CO servers on Cloudways are powered by Google’s C2 machine series. These compute-intensive servers offer a 40% improvement in performance compared to N1 standard servers, making them ideal for more compute-intensive workloads.

GCE HC servers on Cloudways are powered by Google’s N2 high CPU machine series. These are the next generation of the N1 machine series, with a high CPU-to-memory ratio, making them ideal for compute-intensive applications.

Choosing a Server Type

When picking between Standard, CO, and HC servers, think about how much processing power your app needs.

If you’ve got a general-purpose site without a ton of real-time processes, a Standard server should do the trick.

But if your app needs to crunch numbers, run multiple real-time processes, encode media, or run intensive game servers, go for CO or HC. These give you more computing muscle for complex work.

It’s like choosing an engine for your car. Standard gets you from A to B. But for speed and heavy lifting, you need a V8. Or, well, CO or HC in this case.

To help you choose, we’ve tried to list a few specific use cases that may apply to your website as a reference:

Website Type Use Cases
eCommerce
  • Real-time recommendation systems
  • Dynamic pricing algorithms
  • Real-time inventory systems
  • 3D product visualizations
Ticketing Systems
  • Dynamic ticket pricing
  • Real-time seating maps
  • Real-time availability checks
  • Fraud detection with real-time analysis of transactions
Membership Website
  • Real-time member updates
  • Real-time content personalization
  • Real-time processing or conversion of media files, such as video encoding for member-exclusive content
Summit Sites
  • Live streaming
  • Interactive engagement tools like polls, Q/As & collaboration tools during live events
General SMB Websites
  • Real-time customer support tools like chatbots, live chats, or AI-driven support systems
  • Dynamic content rendering for interactive content
  • Real-time personalization of content & services

Server Type Availability (GCE)

Note that while all server types will be available with the newly added AWS regions, this is not the case for newly added GCE regions. You can refer to the table below to determine whether the GCE region of your choice has the preferred server type.

New Server Regional Availability

Benefits of Having More Locations

Having multiple locations to choose from is always an advantage. Following are some of the ways in which this can benefit your business:

1) Faster Load Times: If most of your audience is in Australia, having a server in Melbourne is a no-brainer since the physical proximity means your website will always load faster for your audience compared to if your website was hosted in Singapore.

2) Search Engine Optimization: Hosting closer to your audience results in faster load times. This speed advantage can also lead to better SEO as faster load times improve user experience, enhancing engagement in that region.

3) Regulatory or Data Sovereignty Compliance: Some Countries have laws that require saving certain types of data within their boundaries. With the availability of more options, you can now better comply with laws by spinning up servers in these countries.

Or if you’re an agency, you can now afford to target customers from these countries. For instance, Spain’s data laws require certain types of Data to be stored within Spanish borders.

4) More Geographic Coverage for Agencies: Expanded coverage to more locations worldwide will enable Agency customers to offer localized hosting options to their existing clients in these regions. In addition, this also opens up new geographical markets where they can target & acquire new clients.

Our Commitment to Choice

Moving forward, our aim is to continue providing maximum choice and flexibility by expanding our worldwide footprint. For this purpose, we will work towards onboarding any new data center locations offered by any of our 3 providers as soon as they’re announced so that our customers can access newer locations immediately.

Stay tuned for more product announcements & updates! We have lots of improvements planned for the upcoming months that will enrich your experience with Cloudways.

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Muneeb Ajmal

I'm a Product Marketer with a strong passion for discovering cutting-edge tech solutions that address our everyday challenges. Delving into the world of innovative technology never ceases to amaze me. When I'm not immersed in the realm of tech, you can catch me scrolling through Instagram, admiring the vibrant beauty of various bird species, or escaping into the captivating world of fiction.

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