A few years ago I was interviewing for a position. Roughly 2016. I was speaking with the IT director (fairly small company, located in the N Chicago suburbs). One of the things he told me was that when he joined, the company was using a cloud service based in Texas.
The first thing he did was to move it to a local cloud service. He seemed to think that improved their service, and was a good thing for him to have done. In fact, he was quite proud of it.
My background is not IT/programming, but I do know C, R, and am learning Python.
At the time I wondered if he was joking, or trying to get me to react. I had always thought the whole POINT of the cloud, is that you neither know, nor care where it is physically located.
Changing cloud providers might well improve cost or service, but surely one should not really care where it is located?
This company was NOT using graphics of any sort, their data would have been entries into a central database.
Was I right to think he was an idiot, or pulling some HR games? Or is there any reason to care that it is 50 miles away vs 900?