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Microsoft Azure Overtakes Amazon's Cloud In Performance Test 82

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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  • 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.

  • 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. []

  • Re:Not really news (Score:3, Interesting)

    by dbIII ( 701233 ) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @07:47PM (#42973975)

    and crash regularly.
    Yeah ok that was a cheap shot. :P

    And it's not even a leap year!

    In case people missed it the Azure network was off for an entire day last year due to a the extra day in a leap year. Since that shows a serious flaw in testing if nothing else it's difficult to take such a platform seriously.

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