A new graphical tool from Compuware called "CloudSleuth" beta, measure and display the speeds at which cloud computing services run. The CloudSleuth tool already tracks Amazon.com, Microsoft, Google and a couple of other cloud providers. And it demonstrates that response times do indeed vary from operator to operator. It displays these results on a map that gives people an idea for the worldwide performance of different data centers at a quick glance.
Among the insights from the NYT report: "Looking worldwide over the past 30 days, Microsoft's relatively new Azure platform has performed the best, responding to requests in 6.46 seconds. OpSource ranks second at 6.61 seconds, followed by Google at 6.77 seconds and Amazon.com 6.82 seconds. (The Amazon figure is for its East Coast data center. Its West Coast, European and Asian data centers had slower response times.)"
The rankings were the same for the availability of the cloud systems, leaving Microsoft as the fastest and most reliable cloud provider.
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