We are deploying a multi-location Sitecore deployment into Azure. The CMS and one CD runs out of Europe. For front end performance reasons we are also hosting a CD over in Australia - a CDN is not a viable option for the traffic profile we have.
The speed of publishing is a known issue however has been accepted by the client and the plan is to move to using the publishing service.
However an odd issue we have is when you add a template via the UI (or API) it takes a LONG TIME.
Why might this be? I'd have thought all the operations that are needed would be run against master/core within Europe. As soon as we remove the
<database> node for Australia the problem goes away.
Is there anything we could disable within Sitecore to prevent the speed issues we are seeing?