In an effort to improve the speed performance of its cloud services and website as well as comply with local privacy standards, Xiaomi is moving its users’ data globally. Company’s VP of International Hugo Barra wrote on his social media accounts that several of these transitions will benefit Indian users among others and expects the transition to complete by the end of this month.
The company says that its move to switching to a multi-site server architecture will cut down the latency time and reduce failure rates. Additionally, it will also help it better achieve high privacy standards and comply with local data protection regulations.
Barra also shared the progress the company has made in its ongoing plans to migrate the data and servers. According to which, the company has started migrating its e-commerce platforms and users data for all international users from its Beijing data centers to Amazon AWS data centers located in California (USA) and Singapore. The company has also utilized Akamai’s global CDN infrastructure to speed up website’s loading time. The migration is expected to complete by the end of this month. It will benefit the website time loading speed by as much as 200 percent in India while 30 percent in several other regions.
As part of its plans to move over its data, Xiaomi is also migrating its MIUI services. The company says that it has started to migrate the corresponding data for all users based out of China to data centers to Amazon AWS data centers located in Oregon (USA) and Singapore. This mBigration includes services such as Mi Account, Cloud Messaging, and Mi Cloud services. The company expects to have its Mi Account servers migrated by the end of this month while other services will reach the completion by the end of 2014. This migration will benefit Indians by cutting down their network request latency time by up to 350ms, whereas users living in Malaysia will experience 2-3 times faster Mi Cloud photosync.
Xiaomi has been in the news for transferring and storing user information from its smartphones at servers based in China, something that hasn’t gone down well with authorities and users alike. Though Xiaomi has made it optional for users whether they would like to sync their information with its cloud services or not. Hopefully, moving servers outside of China for its international users would help allay some of those fears.
Xiaomi says that it will begin working with local data center providers to set up its service infrastructure in Indian and Brazil due to unavailability of Amazon AWS services. Other than improving the privacy – something which Xiaomi didn’t actually mention, it will also help users get faster speeds connections to their services thanks to local servers. This will also help the company keep distance from this kind of controversy.