CCK hosting its website abroad……

I have written so much about local hosting; why it should be promoted, the disappointment and double speak of government officials who say how the industry is growing yet they show lack of faith in the industry by outsourcing services to the more developed countries.

For a regulator like the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), you would expect them to be promoting services if the whole talk of how infrastructure has improved and how it is getting better.

I decided to check out where a bunch of sites are hosted, while doing research on an article on the value of local exchange of content. Ideally, it brings costs down if locally hosted content is exchanged locally. You can read how KIXP saved ISPs $1.5 million in this article.

So, where is CCK website hosted? In the US

How long will it take for CCK website to resolve? See the hops it goes through below: Marseille, Newark…. etc

Should CCK be expected to show some support for the local industry?

To be fair, I talked to Christopher Wambua about it and he told me that they gave the tender to a local company and as it happens, the company hosts abroad.

My argument was that if a CCK supplier, whether Kenyan or not, decided to supply eggs or milk from Malawi, would they say yes just because the company is Kenyan? I thought there are ethics or what do you call those? Where a company says that we have faith in this industry so we prefer if you procured services locally.

I know people will say its cost but don’t tell me that CCK can’t pay 12, 20, or 30k local hosting just to set the pace. I know we have no faith in Kenya Power but when there is a fiber outage, it means site till accessible.

I know its the prerogative of the CCK but I thought that it was odd, whatever the reason, I hope its all worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

Kenya: Disappointment of local hosting

I have been a proponent of buying African domains- .ke, .tz .za etc this is well demonstrated by the number of posts on this blog, over the years. There is a lot of controversy but thats not the topic for today, local hosting is.

I think its important for us to host our content locally, for a number of reasons-ย in case of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), internet serices can continue, its faster to retrieve content if its hosted in Kenya and you are here too, when the fiber optic cables experience outage, your services continue, and you can get responses from your hosts faster because you are in the same time zone, even though this is not always the case.

These are few reasons compared to the problems; its expensive, you don’t always get responses faster, some companies lie that they host locally and the lack of hosting specialized companies which means that the people serving you are probably handling several other projects. Like an ISP whose core business is selling internet, they may not care if you are down or up.

There is also the issue of jurisdiction, when you need content to stay up or down, depending on laws of the country. This is highly contentious, depending on which side you are ๐Ÿ™‚

Many people will also tell you that with affordable connectivity, it doesnt matter if you are hosted on Amazon cloud or local, especially if the price difference and other costs will be high.

So, when mm.co.ke a.k.a media madness decided they wanted to host locally, it made sense, coz most of their visitors are local. I have written about MM before and how they have a large following base.

That is why I smiled to myself when I read that they were going local because I wondered if the host clearly understood what would happen the first morning when the followers started on their daily readings. You guessed right, the site crashed the first day and I could imagine everyone running helter skelter trying to wonder who in the ISP/service provider was responsible for ensuring the site up and whether the money had been paid, etc…

The site has had its up and downs but MM serves to demonstrate that probably local companies are not ready for hosting huge traffic sites but am sure they will tell you the SLA is for 99% uptimes, with a straight face.

When techies meet, there are all these possibilities that are floated, of independent cloud centers where owners can come with their boxes and host, with all other services constant…. Kenya Power… no comment. Most of us host abroad in some basement or garage but all that matters is that the content is up all the time.

I am sure there are other instances of disappointment, its a bit of a disorganized post but you can also read this post on ISPs and interconnection.

So, should/can/do you host locally?