According to a recent study by NetCallidus (London, UK), a search engine optimisation firm, a number of UK government websites are hosted on US servers which is a slap in the face to UK businesses.
Job Centre Plus (jobcentreplus.gov.uk) and the Pension Service (thepensionservice.gov.uk) are two of the websites hosted in USA.
Mark Furber, managing director of NetCallidus said:
At a time when the UK economy is teetering on the edge of a recession, this is an out and out insult. There is no good reason why this work should be given to another country. It might save a few pounds, but sends the wrong message about how much the government cares about British business.
He believe this is socially irresponsible and that the work would be better done by a UK business anyway.
From search engine point of view he said we always advise our clients to host their websites in the country they are aiming at, as it is one of the factors that can influence search engines like Google.
Plus hosting website in another coutry can cause latency, security and management issues for the local people at which it is aimed at.
Originally written by Ian Williams of VNUNET.