as I’m writing on a new blog post, I’ve been doing some tests on some more or less know German shops from the different european test locations (except Dublin and Gloucester, because they don’t support IE8 and I wanted consistent test conditions).
The result has been, well, unexpected. In general I’d assume that, the further the test locations get away from the shop’s server the slower the time to first byte and load times will be due to latency. But this isn’t always the case compared to the “home location” Frankfurt. I’ll post the test results below including traceroute tests (wanted to be sure, they are really further away - at least by means of hops) and hope for your ideas. My only explanation so far would be very different internet connections to the test servers. The test conditions have been:
5 test runs
first view only
Tests were run on http://www.strenesse.com/ which is hosted in Hannover, in the middle of Germany. But that’s just an example.
What surprises me most, are the results of London, Paris and Stockholm (and actually even Moscow for being that far away).
Thanks for any hints,