With Now, our goal is to provide everybody with the best cloud experience possible. To be truly universal, we need to ensure that applications perform well from every geographical point — loading a site from Boston or Manila should be equally fast. Towards this goal, we are constantly adding new regions to expand our network.
Today, we are adding a fourth Origin and CDN region in Europe: ARN1 (Stockholm, Sweden).

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ZEIT Now CDN latency for some of our regions, from your current location.


What This Means

Being an Origin region means that we can now run and host your deployments in Stockholm. Since ARN1 is also a CDN node, we can cache your content and make it immediately available across our network, to deliver a faster experience globally.
Combined with LHR1 (London), CDG1 (Paris) and BRU1 (Brussels), the announcement of ARN1 means that your users in Europe will benefit from significant performance improvements. Specifically, if they access from within or near Stockholm:
  • Full Origin: lightning quick access to content, and greater redundancy
  • Improved Latency: over 5x improvement over our previous options
ARN1 (Stockholm)
Sweden
6ms
BRU1 (Brussels)
Belgium
25ms
CDG1 (Paris)
France
36ms

Smaller is better. The average latency (in ms) for a connection to ARN1, BRU1, and CDG1 from an office in Stockholm.

Getting Started

Following this announcement, ARN1 will be made available to all deployments. All your customers in or near Stockholm are already enjoying faster speeds.
The Origin node closest to you will be made your new default region, automatically. For example, if you are deploying from Oslo, which is closer to Stockholm than to London or Paris, your default node will automatically be ARN1.
As always, you retain full control over your Origin regions. If your APIs or datasources are in or near Stockholm, you can explicitly choose to deploy and serve your app from Stockholm:
now --regions arn
To deploy and serve your app from multiple regions, you can specify all of them:
now --regions arn,sfo,sin
The primary use case for --regions is deploying functions close to your datasource. Even if you decide to only deploy to Stockholm, your static assets and dynamic responses will always be cached globally across all CDN regions in our network, ensuring the quickest response time for all of your users.
You can start deploying to ARN1 for all your applications using version 14.2.4 (or newer) of Now CLI.

Sweden

94.0% of the population in Sweden uses the internet, the fourth highest usage rate in the world. 85% of those users access through mobile phones.
With ARN1, we are able to offer a faster web experience to our patrons in and nearby Sweden, in addition to greater redundancy.

Conclusion

Not only do we want to make a truly global infrastructure available, we also want it to be easily accessible. With our default global CDN, we are enabling every developer to improve the experience for their users without much configuration.
We welcome your feedback and suggestions on Twitter or over Chat.