Our goal with Now is to make the cloud accessible to everyone, regardless of location. Whether users access content from San Fransisco or Bali, their location should not be a barrier for a fast cloud experience. We have been continually expanding our ZEIT Network to include new regions — recently we added HND1 (Tokyo), LHR1 (London), and CDG1 (Paris).
Today, we are excited to announce our new Origin and CDN region in Singapore: SIN1.
What This Means
Origin region means that we can now run and host your deployments in Singapore. Since SIN1 is also a CDN node, we can cache your content and immediately make it available across our network, to deliver a faster experience globally.
Combined with HND1 (Tokyo), the announcement of SIN1 means that our users in Asia will benefit from significant performance improvements. Specifically, if you access from within or near Singapore:
- Full Origin: lightning quick access to content, and greater redundancy
- Improved Latency: over 30x improvement over our previous options
Following this announcement, SIN1 will be made available to all deployments. All your customers in or near Singapore are already enjoying faster speeds.
The Origin node geographically closest to you will be made your new default region, automatically. For example, if you are deploying from Kuala Lumpur, which is closer to Singapore than to Tokyo, your default node will automatically be SIN1.
As always, you retain full control over your Origin regions. If your APIs or datasources are in or near Singapore, you can choose to deploy and serve your app from Singapore:
now --regions sin
To deploy and serve from multiple regions, you can specify all of them together:
now --regions sin,sfo,cdg
The primary use case for
--regionsis deploying functions close to your datasource. Even if you decide to only deploy to Singapore, 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.
With the introduction of SIN1, we are excited about our expansion into Asia. Along with greater redundancy, this enables us to make the web experience better for our patrons in the region.
Even before the Internet, Singapore was the first country in the world to launch an interactive information service to the public. As one of the major business hubs in the world, Singapore enjoys a connectivity rate of over 99%, and most residents find the internet an indispensable tool in their day-to-day life.
When we add more regions to our network, we are able to deliver a consistent experience for all Now users, regardless of their location.
But it doesn't end there. Not only do we want to make the experience faster for end users by creating a truly global infrastructure, we want to allow every developer to be able to take advantage of it without needing any complicated configuration. By making global deployments the default, we are moving another step closing in our mission to make the cloud accessible to all.