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Test the speed of the Azure datacenters from your location

When using Azure services or products running on Azure like our Delegate365 it is important to place them in a datacenter near you to get a low latency.

Currently Microsoft Azure is available in 17 regions worldwide, see Azure Regions.

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There are some websites performing speed tests and providing the necessary information for the decision where to locate Azure services for your location.

The first speed test is http://azurespeedtest.azurewebsites.net (which is also available on github.com).

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I am located in Vienna, Austria. During my test the result was not surprising: “It looks like your nearest Data Center is North Europe. There appears to be a CDN Node nearer your location.” So for me the best regions are North and West Europe.

A second service to test the latency is http://www.azurespeed.com by Blair Chen.

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…which shows similar results. Again, for my location West Europe and North Europe have similar performance and are the first choice.

See also https://nzbart.github.io/AzureSitePing.

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There exist a lot more speed tests for Azure datacenters on the web. This is just a small compilation to get an impression and to compare the results to make a proper decision for the region to select.

Try it out from your location to find the best datacenter for your Azure services!