Jan 19, 2022
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We have recently launched a new data center location in Mumbai, India. There was a huge demand from existing and new customers to host locally in this region. As of now, we can proudly say that the newly-launched data center is available for everyone.
With this update, we serve our local customers in India even better. The new locally-based DC will significantly improve speed, and add more reliability for websites serving Indian audiences.
We put a lot of effort into picking the best-matching DC to meet our high-quality standards, and client needs. The process took almost half a year and involved thorough research, setup, and testing so that the Tier-3 DC in Mumbai is ready to establish a connection to our global network.
The India-based DC is fully integrated and functional, like all other locations we offer. Due to the complete integration, our technical team can continuously monitor, test, and upgrade servers and software in Mumbai like they do for our other DCs globally.
“In short, our DC in India allows local clients to host their websites closer to the visitors. Reduced network round-trip time improves speed, reduces response time, and boosts overall user experience. The difference in speed can be significant (the same website can load up to 2x faster), so if your site traffic is mostly from India, there will be a really noticeable difference. India is one of the fastest emerging regions, and we are glad we can help local businesses and individuals accelerate on the path to success.”
Balys Krikščiūnas, Chief Technology Officer
Technical hardware solutions of the India DC include the following but are not limited to:
GTmetrix tests prove that websites stored in an Indian DC have better performance for end-users based in India and surrounding regions. For instance, we compared separate cases of website visitors trying to connect from the USA, Europe, and Australia to India versus a client trying to connect from India to the Indian server. The latter case is shown to achieve better performance results.
To better understand the results, three core measures are taken into consideration regarding loading speed and website optimization.
First Contentful Paint shows how quickly content like text or images are displayed onto your page. Speed Index describes how quickly your page’s content is visibly populated. And Largest Contentful Paint indicates how long it takes for the largest element of content to be displayed on your page.
Thrilled to see how fast the Indian region is loading from your location? Check a public tool GTmetrix yourself to get a glimpse into the improved performance.
You can choose your server location during the setup of your web hosting account. Alternatively, you can use a new self-transfer feature available on hPanel for our existing users. It’s completely automatic and free.
We are working on broadening our server network worldwide, so stay tuned for further news on Hostinger’s data center location expansion.