A recent study has suggested that the web hosting and cloud services provided by managed hosting provider Liquid Web, LLC
(Liquid Web) outperform certain competitors. With headquarters in Lansing, Michigan, United States, Liquid Web offers an impressive suite of hosting and related services including VPS cloud servers, Linux or Windows web hosting, cloud storage and managed dedicated servers. The study suggests “Liquid Web’s server-side performance tops Amazon, Rackspace and DigitalOcean”.
The study, compiled by Boston, Massachusetts-based analyst firm Cloud Spectator, suggests Liquid Web outperforms its competitors in terms of “website and cloud application performance”. It indicates that the company’s Virtual Machines (VMs) “exhibit faster processing and disk speeds, while performing more transactions and sustaining more requests per second”. Website speed is vital to a quality visitor experience and as Google penalizes slower websites, it is also a key element of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). As website users have a tendency to skip websites with slow loading pages, website speed is also key to converting visitors into customers.
The study considered Liquid Web’s LAMP stack (Linux VM, Apache, MySQL and PHP) performance as it serves website and application content to visitors. Cloud Spectator suggested that Linux VM (Liquid Web’s proprietary Virtual Processor) operates “6 times faster than Amazon AWS, and roughly 3.5 times faster than Rackspace and DigitalOcean”. Another measure, input/output operations per second, suggests Liquid Web sites “performed anywhere from 2.5 to 4.5 times better”.
The company’s performance also fared well as far as serving website requests was concerned (2.5 to 3 times faster) and MySQL (4 times faster than Amazon AWS, DigitalOcean and Rackspace). The study also recognized Liquid Web’s VMs managed PHP “at a rate nearly twice as good as its cloud rivals”.
“Reviewing the LAMP components, Liquid Web clearly offers the highest server-side performance for users,” explained Liquid Web’s Managed Hosting Product Manager, Melanie Purkis. “That’s not a coincidence. Liquid Web is investing in the most up-to-date platforms and technologies to deliver faster website and application performance, giving people an all-around better experience, especially those with mission critical sites.”Do you know of any other studies with interesting results? Let us know the details. Add your comments below.