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Location affects cloud network latency, says ThousandEyes report

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ThousandEyes, a network intelligence company, has revealed the results of its 2018 Public Cloud Performance Benchmark Report, an industry report to the global network performance of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure.

The company says it created the report to provide an agnostic resource for enterprise IT business leaders to aid them in their multi-cloud decision making process.

“Multi-national organisations that are embracing digital transformation and venturing into the cloud need to be aware of the geographical performance differences between the major public clouds when making global multi-cloud decisions,” said Archana Kesevan, senior product marketing manager at ThousandEyes. “To help global businesses with this assessment, ThousandEyes is providing an unbiased, third-party perspective on public cloud performance as it relates to end-user experience - and at the same time, breaking the mould of survey-based research and vendor-led reporting.”

The key finding from the report shows that the locations of cloud data centres directly affect network latency.

Specifically it revealed that AWS and GCP are 1.5 times slower than Azure when connecting Europe to Singapore; GCP showed 3 times the network latency compared to Aws and Azure when connecting Europe to India; In Asia, GCP and Azure demonstrated more network performance stability than AWS, which showed 30% less stability than GCP and 565 less than Azure.

“As enterprises increasingly move to cloud-first IT strategies, IT increasingly depends upon infrastructure assets they don’t control,” said Jason Bloomberg, president at Intellyx. “The 2018 ThousandEyes Public Cloud Performance Benchmark Report lifts the veil obscuring region-to- region and cloud-to-cloud performance within and between public clouds, providing IT infrastructure execs critical intelligence on the performance they can expect from single cloud, multi-cloud and hybrid IT environments.”

Overall, the performance data indicates comparable and robust network performance across all three cloud providers, yet geographical exceptions exist.

In June of this year, ThousandEyes launched its network intelligence coverage solution for multi-cloud environments. The new offering enables organisations that use Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), to measure and visualise app and network-layer performance metrics on a cloud-to-cloud, Internet-to-cloud and inter-region basis.