Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at InterOp Enterprise Cloud Summit in New York City. Hats off to Alistair Croll from Bitcurrent for putting together a thought-provoking session of workshops in which we presented Comparing Public Clouds: The State of On-Demand Performance.
With 28 million measurements (across 34,000 networks ad 185 countries) in hand, we asked ourselves: How do the major cloud providers perform across the world? We used response time (the 2nd connection to a test object) to answer this question.
Take-away 1. All clouds are not created equal. Our data showed that in 51% of the countries measured Amazon’s EC2 East had the fastest response time.
Take-away 2. Using multiple cloud locations yields noticeable performance gains worldwide. About 35% of worldwide users experienced an improvement of 25% or more in performance once multiple EC2 regions were enabled.
Take-away 3. Using performance-based load balancing yields even greater performance gains over static load balancing. In the final scenario, we used real-user measurement data to intelligently load-balance traffic in real-time. These decisions route requests at the ASN level within countries, so that intelligent routing occurs when certain ISP networks are congested or otherwise delivering sub-optimal performance to real users.
For a complementary copy of the InterOp data (all slides), contact info (at) cedexis (dot) com. We’d love to hear from you, share our data, and help you deliver a better internet experience.