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Microsoft Azure Overtakes Amazon's Cloud In Performance Test 82

Posted by timothy
from the where-credit-is-due dept.
alphadogg writes "Microsoft Azure's cloud outperformed Amazon Web Services in a series of rigorous tests conducted by Nasuni, a storage vendor that annually benchmarks cloud service providers (CSPs). Nasuni uses public cloud resources in its enterprise storage offering, so each year the company conducts a series of rigorous tests on the top CSPs' clouds in an effort to see which companies offer the best performing, most reliable infrastructure. Last year, Amazon Web Services' cloud came out on top, but this year Microsoft Azure outperformed AWS in performance and reliability measures. AWS is still better at handling extra-large storage volumes, while Nasuni found that the two OpenStack powered clouds it tested — from HP and Rackspace — were lacking, particularly at larger scales."
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Microsoft Azure Overtakes Amazon's Cloud In Performance Test

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  • Web scale! (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    So Microsoft Azure is now web scale? Does it use MongoDB?

    • In unrelated news... (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 21, 2013 @06:42PM (#42973347)

      Nasuni scores $20M to build out storage sales effort

      Nasuni, which helps distributed companies manage their cloud storage securely, has $20 million in a new funding round — led by a mystery investor — to help it pay for new features and expand sales and marketing, said CEO Andres Rodriguez.

      http://gigaom.com/2012/10/30/nasuni-scores-20m-to-build-out-storage-sales-effort/ [gigaom.com]

  • by lactose99 (71132) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @06:35PM (#42973261)

    When no one's using the platform of course its going to be faster than the competition when shared resources are concerned.

    • by DarwinSurvivor (1752106) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @07:22PM (#42973787)
      If a system is fast but nobody is there to use it, does it do things quickly?
    • by terjeber (856226)

      Let's see... there is nobody using Azure? So there are no iPads and no iPhones in use then? Nobody uses the iCloud? Really?

      Oh, what you are saying is that you didn't know Apple didn't have the infrastructure or operating system to build a cloud offering and they therefore had to build the whole thing on Azure (striped on EC2)?

      I'd say, with about 100 million iPads out there and almost three times as many iPhones sold, Azure might be the most used cloud infrastructure of all if you discount the email-only clo

      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by eWarz (610883)
        You seem to be flaming this a lot. Let me clear the air for you. 1) 100 million ipad users is NOTHING. A large portion of both fortune 500 companies as well as non fortune 500 companies utilize Amazon Services in some form or fashion. We are talking far more than 100 million users here. 2) Apple utilizes BOTH Amazon AND Azure for the storage of files (and files only). 3) If you happen to work for microsoft (or own shares in microsoft), please note that Azure is strictly windows and strictly Microsof
        • Windows Only? (Score:3, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward

          >Azure is strictly windows and strictly Microsoft

          Um - no. It used to be windows and MS stack only. It's not any more.

        • by Desler (1608317)

          We are talking far more than 100 million users here.

          Sure, by making things up. The Fortune 500 companies combined do not employee even half of the 100+ million people you claim.

        • 3) If you happen to work for microsoft (or own shares in microsoft), please note that Azure is strictly windows and strictly Microsoft. This website is more linux oriented, and a LARGE portion of servers out there are NOT Windows based (I don't have the exact numbers, but i dare say that Linux, BSD, etc have the dominant position in the market.

          I do work for Microsoft. As it happens, some of the code that I write has to run Linux, and to test it, I run Linux on Azure VMs. The ability to do so has been there since June last year, if I remember correctly.

  • by hawguy (1600213) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @06:39PM (#42973309)

    I wish there was a standard definition of "cloud". From the article, it sounds like they are just creating and deleting AWS S3 objects and timing the transfer rates. I guess that's in line with the traditional definition of a cloud server, but I'd be more interested in seeing how EC2 stacks up against the competition.

    I'm sure S3 object benchmarks mean something to someone, but seems to be an awfully simplistic measurement. It'd be more useful to see how well each service scales across many users since individual object manipulation time is only a small part of the story for people that depend on the cloud for scalability. It could take one provider more time to manipulate a single object, but still be faster when serving that object to a million users.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      /kloud/ : Noun : A visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere, typically high above the ground.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      If you've never dealt with Amazon's confusing line-up of services, then you might overlook how hard it is to compare two services to each other.

      • by hawguy (1600213)

        If you've never dealt with Amazon's confusing line-up of services, then you might overlook how hard it is to compare two services to each other.

        I completely agree, but it seems a little misleading to say "Azure beats Amazon's Cloud!" when they are just looking at one tiny piece of their cloud offerings.

    • by PTBarnum (233319)

      Since Nasuni is a storage vendor, it makes sense that they are benchmarking cloud storage rather than cloud compute.

    • by crdotson (224356)

      There are a lot of definitions of cloud, true, with one of the most prevalent bring whatever will separate you from your wallet. However the NIST definition is fairly well accepted.

  • by stewsters (1406737) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @06:45PM (#42973381)
    Upload speed shouldnt be your only benchmark. If I upload a 10GB file to my raspberry pi server in the other room, its way quicker than either of these. Clearly raspberry pis overtake Azure and Amazon's cloud.
  • Azure has nothing running on it. Amazon's cloud had to handle all those annoying customers soaking up their CPU and network.
    • by terjeber (856226)

      Azure has nothing running on it

      So 100 million iPad users and maybe twice as many iPhone users is nothing? The iCloud runs on Azure.

      • by eWarz (610883)

        You seem to be flaming this a lot. Let me clear the air for you.

        1) 100 million ipad users is NOTHING. A large portion of both fortune 500 companies as well as non fortune 500 companies utilize Amazon Services in some form or fashion. We are talking far more than 100 million users here.

        2) Apple utilizes BOTH Amazon AND Azure for the storage of files (and files only).

        3) If you happen to work for microsoft (or own shares in microsoft), please note that Azure is strictly windows and strictly Microsoft. Th

        • Re:Of course it did (Score:5, Informative)

          by compupc1 (138208) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @10:02PM (#42975013)
          Actually Azure does support Linux servers (SUSE and Ubuntu). It is NOT strictly Windows and NOT strictly Microsoft. In addition to generic Linux servers, they support platform-as-a-service applications written in Java, PHP, Python, and Node.JS. In other words, not just .NET. They support not just SQL Server databases, but also MySQL and various embedded database and no-SQL options. I believe they are also working on supporting automated build/deployment from Git repositories in addition to TFS.

          I neither work for nor own shares of Microsoft. But I have used both Azure and Amazon services. You may or may not like Microsoft as a company (or even Azure as a platform), but you're simply spreading misinformation. Azure has come a LONG way in the past year or two, and in a good way that embraces both traditional Microsoft and open-source technologies. This choice is a VERY good thing.
        • by Desler (1608317)

          1) 100 million ipad users is NOTHING. A large portion of both fortune 500 companies as well as non fortune 500 companies utilize Amazon Services in some form or fashion. We are talking far more than 100 million users here.

          There are currently around 145 million people employed in the US. The Fortune 500 in 2006 employed around 25 million people and even at an extremely high 5% growth YOY that would still only be 35 million employees. A far cry from the 100+ million you claim above and here. So, sorry, but you can keep repeating this faulty claim but its still wrong.

        • by terjeber (856226)

          If you happen to work for microsoft (or own shares in microsoft), please note that Azure is strictly windows and strictly Microsoft

          Only for the ignorant bashers. As with any religion, a little knowledge is the cure for your ignorance. I recommend you acquire some.

      • http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/17/forrester-report-shows-amazon-aws-reigns-supreme-with-developers-as-windows-azure-gains-momentum/ [techcrunch.com]

        Honestly, my tongue was in my cheek, both because I hadn't refreshed lately on Azure vs. AWS usage, and because I assumed any performance study would isolate external usage as a variable. But it does appear Azure is still much less used than AWS, especially when you combine the "EC2" and "Amazon services" responses (though I'm impressed that Azure has come as far as it has in j
  • by c0d3g33k (102699) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @07:17PM (#42973741)

    1. I don't know who these Nasuni people are and am not sure why I should care.
    2. My experience of Microsoft over 2 decades is of a company that seems to be mostly stumbling along and not quite getting things right, occasionally hitting the target seemingly by accident, engaging in questionable business practices to ensure their market position and generally being a company many avoid doing business with if they can.
    3. Amazon, by contrast has been a pleasure to do business with from my first day as a customer, continually improves it's services in a way that most people seem happy with, occasionally surprises me with things like AutoRip and is a company that most of my family (extended too) is happy to do business with. Dealing with Amazon as a partner may leave something to be desired, but dealing with Amazon as a customer is almost always a pleasure.

    Given that MIcrosoft is a company that thrives by forcing customers to accept what *it* wants, while Amazon seems to be a company that thrives on giving customers what they want, my initial reaction to this report is:

    Meh. So what? It's a little bit faster now - but ... Microsoft. Amazon will probably narrow and exceed that performance gap in a reasonable time frame if that's what their customers find important. So jumping over to Azure based on this report might make short-term sense, but doesn't make sense to the long-term thinker.

    Addendum: What all of the above really says is that any genuine talent or ability Microsoft may have is undermined by how it chooses to do business and the resulting reputation it has earned. Which is a damned shame, particularly for all the people that work there and believe in what they do.

    • by CAIMLAS (41445)

      And this is all if you assume that their findings are both truthful and meaningful in practice. They're measuring abstracted synthetics, and we have no idea if this game wasn't rigged (as is almost always the case with Microsoft products and performance).

  • by thoth (7907) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @08:09PM (#42974167) Journal

    Last year, Amazon Web Services' cloud came out on top, but this year Microsoft Azure outperformed AWS in performance and reliability measures.

    Well, the difference is last year there was a leap day, which took Azure down for half the day, and this year there wasn't!

  • Like in this case [slashdot.org] a decade ago.

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