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    Hi,

    I'm quite new here, I'd like to hear your thoughts on offering dedicated servers abroad.

    In my case this would be as a Dutch company offering to the British market.

    Any pitfalls I should be aware of?


    Greetings,

    Ivo

  • #2
    Hi Ivo - i'm new here at whc too but the same logic has cropped up with our company. The main pitfalls we hit we're:

    - language barriers, some customer although you say you can communicate in another language feel more relaxed with their own nations companies
    - Server letency, some of our clients use the servers for gaming servers and the ping time on servers outside of a contry can become an issue
    - SEO - if a customer is realy trying to improve their seo having the ip address of their website locate to another country won't help

    That being said I know plenty of people here in the UK who host with hosting companies outside the UK - especially where they are trying to reach a new market.
    A very welcome new user!
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    • #3
      Originally posted by swordfishhostin View Post
      Hi Ivo - i'm new here at whc too but the same logic has cropped up with our company. The main pitfalls we hit we're:

      - language barriers, some customer although you say you can communicate in another language feel more relaxed with their own nations companies
      .
      I communicate in english in my every day life, I do have an interesting dutch accent.
      Originally posted by swordfishhostin View Post
      - Server letency, some of our clients use the servers for gaming servers and the ping time on servers outside of a contry can become an issue
      .
      The ping from amsterdam or most of the other DCs here isn't much higher than the pings between different UK sites, you have to realize that we are less then 300km away from London.
      Originally posted by swordfishhostin View Post
      - SEO - if a customer is realy trying to improve their seo having the ip address of their website locate to another country won't help
      That is indeed something that cannot be helped, so SEO sensitive customers won't be the target audience.
      Originally posted by swordfishhostin View Post
      That being said I know plenty of people here in the UK who host with hosting companies outside the UK - especially where they are trying to reach a new market.
      Thanks for your feedback, it's greatly appriciated.

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      • #4
        Hello, Ivo, I am new here as well

        I can speak from the experience since we have been doing that for years. Main thing is definitely support. If you and the customer can't speak a common language fluently it becomes complicated, specially for issues that are more complex than a server reboot. The points that Jacob brought up are interesting as well. Good luck!
        Juan Pablo Olivera
        TotalServerSolutions.com

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Juan Pablo View Post
          Hello, Ivo, I am new here as well
          I suggest you start by reading the rules regarding a.) signatures and b.) advertising
          Last edited by Jon-RackSRV; 4th November 2009, 12:23 PM.
          Jon Roberts, M.D of RackSRV Communications Ltd
          UK specialists in Dedicated Servers, Colocation & Rackspace
          Company: 06856870 VAT: GB 934 7073 15 Tel: 0330 229 1000

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          • #6
            My bad, just updated my sig. Thanks aXer
            Juan Pablo Olivera
            TotalServerSolutions.com

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