Do you know where your data lives?
It's a simple question, but one that many people don't know the answer to. It's generally understood that although data is stored "in the cloud", at the end of the day, this data is still being stored in physical locations via servers.
Pinpointing exactly where the servers are that store your data (your website or app) can have a big impact on performance. Plus, every country has their own privacy laws, so this should be taken into consideration when choosing where to host your data.
We also analyzed:
Site speed can be measured in many ways. Performance is the average score of a variety of different website speed tests.
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer)
SSL is the technology that creates an encrypted link between a browser and a web server (this keeps your data safe). If you don't have an SSL certificate, some browsers will show visitors that your website is "not secure". Don't want that to happen? Get an SSL certificate now.
CDN (Content Delivery Network)
CDN is a set of servers that are distributed around the world that work together to help Internet content load faster (thanks to caching). Geographic location affects speed, so loading cached content from a nearby server ensures faster loading times. Need CDN? We can help with that.
The results are in:
A) Geographic Location
Less than a quarter of surveyed attendees host their data in Canada.
Majority of surveyed attendees host or use a CDN based in the U.S.A.
The remaining surveyed attendees host their data outside of North America.
B) SSL Usage
Over three quarters of surveyed attendees use SSL.
There are still many surveyed attendees whose web visitors are being told their site isn't secure.
C) CDN Usage
Very few of those surveyed take advantage of CDN.
Conclusion + Final Thoughts
Although most of our survey participants work in Canada, their websites are not living here. More can be done to improve performance of sites across the board, but the "optimal" website can be a moving target. Set goals for reviewing your website or app on a regular basis so you can make improvements and adjustments as need be. Every bit helps!
We have partners and customers all around the world, but our roots are here in Canada. We have datacenters in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. Not from Canada? You can benefit from hosting here, too!
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