Multi Cloud Region Affinity and Latency

AWS, Azure and GCP all are available in many regions. If you need to expand your cloud deployment to a different cloud, you should consider region affinity, that is, selecting a region of the second cloud that is closest to your current region deployment.

This is a good idea even if you do not need inter cloud connectivity at the moment, because you may need it later and nothing beats minimum latency when it comes to networking and application performance.

For example, if your AWS deployment is in us-east-2 (Ohio), you may think Azure Central US (Illinois) is a good region to deploy. It turns out that Azure East US 1 has better latency, at 12ms. The next best region is Azure East US 2, with 16ms latency.

Below is a table that suggests the two best regions in Azure or GCP for a few given AWS regions.

The way to read the table is for a given region, say AWS us-east-1, the best Azure affinity region is Azure East US 1 with a 1.87ms latency to AWS us-east-1. The second best Azure affinity region is Azure East US 2 with a 6.01ms latency to AWS us-east-1.

AWS Region

Azure Affinity Region Latency

GCP Affinity Regions Latency

us-east-1 (Virginia)

East US 1 (Virginia), 1.87ms

us-east4 (Northern Virginia), 1.91ms

East US 2 (Virginia), 6.01ms

us-east1 (South Carolina), 14.14ms

us-east-2 (Ohio)

East US 1 (Virginia), 11.84ms

us-east4 (Northern Virginia), 11.51ms

East US 2 (Virginia), 16.52ms

us-east1 (South Carolina), 22.98ms

us-west-1 (California)

West US 1 (California), 2.17ms

us-west2 (California), 8.79ms

West US 2 (Washington), 24.26ms

us-west1 (Oregon), 24.06ms

us-west-2 (Oregon)

West US 1 (California), 22.93ms

us-west1 (Oregon), 13.22ms

West US 2 (Washington), 10.78ms

us-west2 (California), 27.71ms

eu-central-1 (Frankfurt)

West Europe (Netherlands), 10.67ms

europe-west3 (Frankfurt), 1.19ms