Page load times have just improved in Australia/New Zealand and Europe, thanks to two new data cen­ters added to Adobe’s grow­ing net­work of data col­lec­tion nodes. This brings the total num­ber of regional data col­lec­tion (RDC) nodes to 10, including:

  1. San Jose, California
  2. Dal­las, Texas
  3. Ash­burn, Virginia
  4. Tokyo, Japan
  5. Sao Paulo, Brazil
  6. Sin­ga­pore
  7. Hong Kong, China
  8. Lon­don, England
  9. Ams­ter­dam, The Nether­lands (new)
  10. Syd­ney, Aus­tralia (new)

Begin­ning imme­di­ately, if you have RDC-enabled data col­lec­tion (data is being sent to omtrdc​.net) all vis­i­tors to non-SSL pages will be auto­mat­i­cally routed to the near­est data cen­ter. No change is required on your part.

Data Collection World Map

Data Col­lec­tion Cen­ters worldwide

Tar­get users should be aware that these two new data cen­ters sup­port Tar­get Edge func­tion­al­ity. And the Ams­ter­dam data cen­ter also sup­ports Media Opti­mizer Ad Pixel/RTB services.

For those of you who are curi­ous about RDC and these data cen­ters in gen­eral, here is an overview.

 

Q. What is RDC?

A. Regional Data Col­lec­tion. This fea­ture ensures site vis­i­tors are hit­ting the near­est data col­lec­tion cen­ter, thus reduc­ing page load time. We have regional data col­lec­tion cen­ters in San Jose, Dal­las, Vir­ginia, Lon­don, Tokyo, Sin­ga­pore, Brazil, Hong Kong, and now Syd­ney and Amsterdam. For more details on Regional Data Col­lec­tion, see this post.

 

Q. How much will this change improve over­all page load time?

A. Browsers request mul­ti­ple pieces of con­tent at once when­ever they can. Most pages down­load dozens of pieces of con­tent, so this change is unlikely to dou­ble your page load speed. How­ever, if you have an oth­er­wise snappy page, a change like this should be notice­able to site visitors.

 

Q. How can I tell if I’m using RDC-enabled data collection?

A. Find your data col­lec­tion domain. If it ends with omtrdc​.net, you’re on RDC. If your col­lec­tion domain ends with you’re own domain, you need to ping it to see if it’s mapped to omtrdc​.net or 2o7​.net (non-RDC). Here’s how to find your data col­lec­tion domain in Chrome (there are a few other ways).

1. Go to your web site in Chrome and then go to Chrome Menu > Tools > JavaScript Console.

2. With the Con­sole tab selected, type s.trackingServer and hit Enter.

 

3. What you see is the data col­lec­tion domain used on your site. If this ends in omtrdc​.net, you’re on RDC. If this is your domain, as shown here, open a Com­mand Prompt (Win­dows) or Ter­mi­nal (Mac) and type “ping [your col­lec­tion domain]”. If it ends with omtrdc​.net, you’re on RDC. If it ends in 2o7​.net, you’re not.

 

Q. How do I start using RDC?

A. Instruc­tions for migrat­ing to RDC are found in Site­Cat­a­lyst Help. Go to Site­Cat­a­lyst > Help > Help Home and type Tran­si­tion­ing to RDC for detailed instruc­tions.

 

Q. Will RDC improve report speed or just data collection speed?

A. Report speed is not affected by regional data col­lec­tion, it sim­ply improves response times for your visitors.

 

Q. Can I license my SSL cer­tifi­cate for fewer servers and have it installed in just the America’s, or just Europe, since most of my traf­fic is in one place?

A. No, selec­tive deploy­ments of SSL cer­tifi­cates are not supported.

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