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We're entering into the european market and i have a question about hosting our .eu site. I know the IP address of the domain can affect SERPs, but I dont want to have a different server because it will share a database with our .com site. Does anyone have ideas or know of services to forward from a European hosted server?

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You can get another IP and host on the same server as you host your .com domain. Provided it's just text/images content, you don't need to host it in EU physically. –  Karolis T. Jul 30 '09 at 17:28

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You certainly could just run squid on a european VPS, however in my expierence there's no need to have both a country TLD and a country IP, either one is fine.

Also IRT "Karolis T"'s comment the only way you could get an IP address considered to be in the EU from another country would be from a telco that's willing to do it and is distributed across both areas (this is really unlikely).

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We work with Rackspace and they have a European server farm. That might be a good resource to look into. We have had good service from them. They are very helpful with explaining various options.

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I appreciate the recommendation, but I think the tricky issue would be database replication - its a single DB environment, and I'd think we'd have some latency issues between database servers. Ideally the site would remain hosted where it is. –  NickatUship Jul 30 '09 at 21:45
    
@NickatUship: You can have your web servers in two locations, but your database in only one. There's quite a bit of infrastructure in the Java world around remote caching of databases to make this work not to shabbily. –  Charles Stewart Mar 3 '10 at 13:39

If you do want a host physically resident in the EU, use a European VPS. Go for something based in Amsterdam: that's where the AMS-IX International Peer Connection point, which means it is pretty central for most of the European internet, has as good connectivity to the US as you'll get, and has a huge number of VPS providers. Cf. The ICANN IP hubs map.

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