Cloud service providers typically offer new solution offerings and price reductions to attract new customers. However, very few cloud vendors mention the network performance of their services despite it being the determining factor for the viability of any cloud-based software application, and one of the key factors affecting the user experience for customers.
Cloud Spectator, independent cloud analysts specialising in monitoring and benchmarking IaaS performance, compared the network performance of major cloud service providers including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace and Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC).
The throughput of a network will determine how much time it takes a user to transmit data between their servers, whilst the latency will determine how much delay the user will experience in communicating between their servers. Enterprises that require large amounts of data to be transferred efficiently will need to ensure that whichever cloud provider they choose can also provide a network with high throughput and low latency.
Cloud speed tests measured in the report
The data analysed in the report was collected between 14.1.2016 and 23.1.2016.
This report is follow-on research from the previous report titled ‘Network Performance Between Geo-Isolated Data Centers’ published on 1 April 2015, which examined the network performance between data centres for 3 major cloud providers