Latency is defined as the time it takes for data to be transmitted from one point to another across a network platform. Normally, this is expressed as Round Trip Delay (RTD), as data is sent and an acknowledgment of that data being received is returned to the sender to ensure that validity is maintained. Multiple factors affect latency, such as physical distance, natural and man-made obstructions, equipment and data processing.
The Columbus Region’s location relative to population bases in the United States lends itself to the provision of relatively low latency services. Latency was likely a major factor in the world’s largest Hyperscale CSP’s decision to develop their second US-East Region data center hub in the Columbus Region (with announced reported spending of over $1.1 billion). CSPs and content providers are moving to the “Edge” to provide faster downloads of large amounts of content, and the Columbus Region is satisfying that need for speed.