As reported by Brandon Butler over at Network World, in test conducted by Nasuni, a storage technology provider, Microsoft Azure’s cloud outperformed Amazon Web Services in a series of rigorous tests.
“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.”
The reality is that these sorts of tests will vary greatly from year-to-year as the public cloud providers improve their services. Moreover, performance can vary day-to-day depending on the load instance and how the provider supports tenancy. However, Nasuni seems to have a reasonable approach. Nasuni makes the report available for users who register on the company’s site.
So, should you leverage these sorts of reports when selecting a public cloud? While you should consider all input, the best approach is to create your own set of criteria, which are directly related to your own technology and business requirements.