Cloud from AWS, Google, IBM, Microsoft: who performs better?

Cloud Performance Benchmark Results
VoltDB today announced the results of cloud performance of the cloud platforms from Amazon Web Services, Google, IBM and Microsoft.

An independent third party conducted the performance test — using VoltDB, a provider of the in-memory fast data platform to power mission-critical real-time applications.

The benchmark test analyzed the performance of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform, IBM SoftLayer bare metal, IBM SoftLayer virtual machines and Microsoft Azure using the Yahoo Cloud Serving Benchmark (YCSB).

Cloud Performance Benchmark Results

The report said IBM SoftLayer bare metal has more than 2.6 times the performance (1,543,000 operations/second for SoftLayer compared to 585,000 operations/second for AWS) and nearly three times the price performance of AWS (4.630 billion operations/dollar for SoftLayer compared to 1.608 billion operations/dollar for AWS).

Google Cloud Platform — delivering 1,038,586 operations/second — has nearly twice the performance and three times the price performance — with 3.338 billion operations/dollar — of AWS.

Microsoft Azure delivers 902,017 operations/second, but the lowest price performance at 0.415 billion operations/dollar due to limited configuration options for the benchmark.

The report found that bare metal deployments excel in performance and price/performance compared to the more full-service cloud platforms.

When looking at strictly cloud-based platform-as-as-service (PaaS) providers, Google is ahead of both Amazon and Microsoft Azure on both performance and price/performance.

Bruce Reading, chief executive officer and president of, VoltDB, said: “These results showcase the tremendous performance, price and scalability benefits of today’s cloud offerings for developing and deploying fast data applications.”

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