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Dyn Expands Global Footprint with Opening of Mumbai Data Center

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Infrastructure as a service provider Dyn announced on Tuesday that it has extended its global footprint of IP anycast points of presence around the world with the opening of its newest data center located in Mumbai, India.

The Mumbai data center marks Dyn’s fourth in Asia and 18th in total. The data center is Dyn’s first strategic location within India, which should significantly improve DNS response times for those Internet users querying from the Indian subcontinent.

India has been a popular region for data center activity as of late, with Pacnet recently opening a data center in Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, and New Delhi, and Netmagic opening a facility in Bangalore.

“Users local to the area of Mumbai can expect, on average, a 200ms reduction in DNS latency,” said Jeff Cronstrom, Dyn director of data center operations. “By continuing to expand our global network, we’re honoring our commitment to our customers around the world to provide the best service possible by further decreasing DNS query latency, while increasing failover protection and load balancing.”

The company decided to expand into India to ensure that Dyn customers could benefit from a steady network with geo-targeted global load balancing capability.

Upon making this decision, Dyn partnered with GPX GlobalSystems to colocate with the carrier-neutral data center because of its strong uptime.

The data center is the first Uptime Certified Tier IV designed data center in South Asia.

“The selection process for a data center is exceedingly important,” said Dyn CTO Cory von Wallenstein. “We look for key indicators of reliability and performance such as fiber optic density, availability of key IP carriers, site reliability metrics, and several other aspects. If done haphazardly, adding new site locations can actually degrade performance in the network. It’s scary to think that some providers do this at random.”

Over the past decade, Dyn has built a strong, stable network that spans five continents, with sites located in New Jersey, Palo Alto, London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Brazil, Sydney and Hong Kong.

Dyn says it has plans in the works for additional locations to come online by the end of the year.

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Justin Lee has been a staff analyst with theWHIR since 2004. He writes about a range of web hosting and IT-related issues facing the industry on the WHIR website, as well the print version of the WHIR magazine. Follow him on Twitter @Justin_theWHIR.

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