Reports


Cloud Spectator’s reports cover a variety of IaaS market information focused on pricing and performance data collected from the CloudSpecs system. Browse collections below to view our publications.

  • Cloud Performance Benchmark Series: Part 2
    May 2015

    For part two of the Cloud Vendor Benchmark 2015 Report, CPU and memory performance tests are conducted on five different VM sizes across 15 leading IaaS providers.

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    Performance Analysis of Virtual Machines on NxtGen ECS and Competitive IaaS Offerings
    April 2015

    NxtGen commissioned this benchmarking analysis to examine the relative performance of major VM components including virtual cores, memory, block storage, and internal network for NxtGen Enterprise Cloud Services (ECS), Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Rackspace Cloud Servers.

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    Performance and Price-Performance Analysis: Internap AgileCLOUD and Amazon EC2
    March 2015

    Internap commissioned this performance and price-performance benchmarking analysis that examines common applications using synthetic tests. The report specifically examines three different types of web servers and two types of databases.

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    Generational Performance Comparison: Microsoft Azure’s A-Series and D-Series
    February 2015

    In Fall 2014, Microsoft Azure released its D-Series Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), significantly improving performance over the standard A-Series. Performance and pricing are both key considerations in evaluating public-cloud options.

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    Cloud IaaS Performance & Price-Performance: SherWeb, AWS, and Microsoft Azure
    January 2015

    Cloud Spectator was commissioned by SherWeb to gauge the performance of different virtual machine (VM) sizes on three public cloud providers. Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure were included in this study for comparison with SherWeb.

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    Comparison of Windows IaaS Environments
    January 2015

    Cloud Spectator was commissioned by Expedient to gauge the performance of virtual machines (VMs) on several public cloud providers. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Rackspace were included in this study for comparison. Both performance and price-performance were examined to evaluate the value of each provider’s VM.

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    Comparing Major Cloud Service Providers: Virtual Processor Performance
    September 2014

    Cloud computing continues to play an increasingly important role for IT organizations in 2014. In partnership with Cloud Spectator, Gigaom Research conducted research to determine how three major cloud providers — Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure and Rackspace Cloud — perform with regards to processor and memory.

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    The Cost of a Virtual Core: Amazon EC2 VS. CenturyLink Cloud
    May 2014

    CPU performance and price/performance analysis of Amazon EC2 and CenturyLink Cloud servers in US data centers. The document compares performance and price performance across similarly sized virtual machines from 1 vCPU to 16 vCPUs (written in conjunction with our partner at Structure Research).

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    Comparison of Performance Across Generations of Rackspace Cloud Environments
    November 2013

    Performance analysis of Rackspace Cloud servers in US data centers. The document compares performance across First Generation, Next Generation OpenStack, and Performance Servers offerings available from Rackspace Cloud.

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    Performance and Value Analysis of the Top 14 Cloud Providers
    October 2013

    Performance and pricing analysis of the top 14 IaaS providers based on CPU, RAM, disk, and internal network performance: Amazon EC2, Dimension Data, Fujitsu, GoGrid, HP, IBM, Joyent, Micosoft Azure, Rackspace, Savvis, SoftLayer, Tier 3, Verizon Terremark, Virtustream

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    Cloud Computing Performance a Comparative Analysis of 5 Large Cloud IaaS Providers
    June 2013

    This report highlights and analyzes the performance of 5 of the largest cloud providers in the market today: Amazon EC2, Rackspace OpenStack Cloud, HP Cloud, SoftLayer CloudLayer Compute, and Windows Azure.Results from the 5-day experiment prominently display the performance differences in providers.

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  • Cloud Performance Benchmark Series: Part 1
    April 2015

    Part one of a two part series provides a price comparison of 15 leading cloud providers— This is one layer of detail required to make informed purchase decisions.

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  • Intel® Performance Over Generations of Processors on Cloud Infrastructure [UPDATED] December 2013

    Cloud Spectator measured Intel processor performance across 4 generational offerings: Intel® Xeon® Processor E5520 2.27GHz, Intel® Xeon® Processor X5650 2.67GHz, Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2670 2.60GHz, and Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2670 v2 @ 2.50GHz. The report analyzes the advancement of Intel CPU performance over the generations, using Expedient’s offerings as a practical cloud environment to test in.

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    Intel® Performance Over Generations of Processors on Cloud Infrastructure
    July 2013

    Cloud Spectator measured Intel processor performance across 3 generational offerings: Intel® Xeon® Processor E5520 2.27GHz, Intel® Xeon® Processor X5650 2.67GHz, and Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2670 2.60GHz. The report analyzes the advancement of Intel CPU performance over the generations, using Expedient’s offerings as a practical cloud environment to test in.

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