Ping and Tracert - How important is latency?
Posted on 2004-08-10
I am currently evaluating which hosting company I'm going to use to host two servers. I'm located in Brazil and most of my audience is here as well.
I'm currently using ping and tracert to assess how is the speedy, number of hops, etc, to some hosting companies. However, I'm not sure how to analyse the results. I'll explain it better:
I'm thinking of hosting with datacenter in USA, since their price and level of service seem far better than Brazilian companies. However, the times I get when I use tracert are around 170 ms, and 16 hops. If I tracert to the other company I'm evaluating, in Brazil, the tracert times are around 40 ms, with 12 hops.
My question is: how exactly does this affects my final user experience? How exactly should I read those number that tracert and ping provide?
Please keep in mind that I'm dealing with critical and realtime content (I'm doing live video streaming), so it's crucial that my audience receives the content as fast and as reliably as possible. I'm just trying to balance cost, service and speed.
I'd really appreciate your help on this. Since I have urgency in this, I'm assigning 500 points. Thanks in advance.