Is Google buying local bandwith?
I’ve been using the Unix utility ping to check the speed I can relay information to and from various organizations. Here are some approximate times for a few:
I tried a bunch of others, and the times above were fairly typical, with 30-100 ms common for sites in North America, and 80-150ms outside. I’m based in Waterloo, Canada, so that distribution is not surprising.
Google, however, consistently came in with times between 5-20ms. So far as I know, they don’t have any local datacenters, so I’m wondering how they’re doing this, and, if they’re creating local infrastructure to serve results quickly, how broadly they’re doing it.
Could readers in other cities try doing the same experiment, and put the results in comments?
Update: Well, that was quick. A helpful commenter points me to just-ping.com, which basically automates this. Looks like I’m seeing a local anomaly – presumably Google has a data center somewhere nearby.