I am in the process of setting up a number of servers and was just wondering where I should locate these servers? There are so many providers in so many countries.
So, I am just looking for some thoughts on issues affecting the selection of a hosting provider's geographic location, assuming the dollar costs are similar.
Network performance. This is an obvious one. I am planning to consider the physical links (i.e. submarine cables) connecting the audience country directly to the hosting geographic location? Or am I just being too 'over-kill' on this and the performance differences are negligible?
Local laws - the equivalent of 'tax havens' for digital audiences. Assuming that the site may host objectionable content for certain audiences (e.g. the vb.ly case). Which are the most liberal countries, when it comes to action taken by hosting providers against objectionable content?
Any other thoughts?