At ZEIT, our mission is to make the cloud accessible to everyone. Whether you access a site from New Delhi or Berlin, it should load equally fast. We are dedicated to removing barriers caused by location, and are constantly adding new regions to our network.
Today, we are excited to announce our first Origin and CDN region in Oceania: SYD1 (Sydney, Australia).

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


Origin region means that we can now run and host your deployments in Sydney. Since SYD1 is also a CDN node, we can cache your content and immediately make it available across our network, to deliver a faster experience globally.
Thanks to SYD1, your users in and around Australia will benefit from significant performance improvements. Specifically, if they access from within or near Sydney:
  • Full Origin: lightning quick access to content, and greater redundancy
  • Improved Latency: over 10x improvement over our previous options
SYD1 (Sydney)
Australia
15ms
HND1 (Tokyo)
Japan
161ms
SFO1 (San Francisco)
USA
193ms

Smaller is better. The average latency (in ms) for a connection to SYD1, HND1, and SFO1 from an office connection in Sydney.

Following this announcement, SYD1 will be made available to all deployments. All your customers in or near Sydney 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 Melbourne, which is closer to Sydney than to Tokyo or Singapore, your default node will automatically be SYD1.
As always, you retain full control over your Origin regions. If your APIs or datasources are in or near Sydney, you can explicitly choose to deploy and serve your app from Sydney:
now --regions syd
To deploy and serve your app from multiple regions, you can specify all of them:
now --regions syd,sfo,cdg
The primary use case for --regions is deploying functions close to your datasource. Even if you decide to only deploy to Sydney, your static assets and dynamic responses will always be cached globally across all CDN regions in our network. This ensures the quickest response time for all your users.
You can start deploying to SYD1 using version 14.2.4 (or newer) of Now CLI.
With SYD1, we are able to offer a faster web experience to our patrons in and nearby Australia, in addition to greater redundancy.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that there were around 14.7 million internet subscribers at the end of June 2018. It is also estimated that 8 in 10 people (79%) in Australia use social media.
There has been no better time to do an internet-based business catering to Australia than now.
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.