Hosting in Australia Doesn’t Necessarily Give You Low Latency

Did the following command on one of my Australian VPS this morning.

$ mtr -n --report www.aussiehq.com.au
HOST: my-vps-in-bne               Loss%   Snt   Last   Avg  Best  Wrst StDev
  1. 202.60.89.xx                  0.0%    10    0.0   0.0   0.0   0.1   0.0
  2. 118.127.9.xx                  0.0%    10  267.6 262.3 256.3 267.6   4.3
  3. 202.60.84.78                  0.0%    10  270.8 265.5 258.5 275.2   5.4
  4. 203.88.112.4                  0.0%    10  274.9 268.7 262.4 274.9   4.1
  5. 203.88.112.153               10.0%    10  271.8 268.0 262.8 271.8   3.1

My VPS is hosted with someone who has servers with DedicatedServers.com.au in Brisbane, doing a traceroute to the home page of AussieHQ in Canberra, one of the largest hosting companies in Australia. I believe the first hop is the host node for thise OpenVZ VE, and the second hop would be the router at DedicatedServers.

It’s interesting to observe the fluctuation of latency between the host node and the router throughout the day. It’s usually pretty bad in the morning — all the way up to 300ms, and then the round-trip latency drops to a few milliseconds in the evenings. Massively oversold bandwidth I guess (won’t name the names yet). Even my sites hosted in California feels faster in Australia.