Houston, Texas is the favorite hosting location for the world’s most popular web sites, according to Pingdom, which has mapped the hosting universe using the top 1 million sites. The Pingdom survey found Houston was the clear winner, hosting 50,598 of those top million sites, followed by Mountain View, Calif. (29,594 sites), Dallas (24,822) and Scottsdale, Arizona (23,210).
Why are these locations ranked so highly? Not surprisingly, the top cities track with the locations of major hosting companies.
An example: Houston is the home to multiple data centers hosted by SoftLayer Technologies, which houses more than 100,000 servers across its infrastructure. Because SoftLayer is a “host of hosts,” popular sites hosted by large providers like HostGator and Site5 also map to Houston. Hosting’s not the only game in town, as dozens of the world’s largest energy companies also host their infrastructure in the Houston area, much of it at CyrusOne.
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