December 12, 2011
Amazon S3 takes top spot with Microsoft Azure taking No. 2 in Nasuni's 26-month test of 16 major cloud storage providers
NATICK, Mass., Dec. 12 — Nasuni, a next-generation enterprise storage company, today released the results of a 26-month intensive stress test of 16 major cloud storage providers (CSPs). Only six of the 16 CSPs tested provided the minimum level of performance, stability, availability and scalability that organizations need to take advantage of the cloud for primary storage, data protection and disaster recovery. The Nasuni Stress Tests, which comprise multiple use cases, mark the most extensive research done to date to gauge CSPs' effectiveness in real world use.
The six CSPs that passed were:
Two CSPs emerged as top performers in the Nasuni study: Amazon S3 and Microsoft Windows Azure, with Amazon S3 being the standout across all evaluation areas.
Since April 2009, Nasuni has conducted ongoing tests of the 16 largest CSPs. These tests are tiered so each CSP must pass the first test before proceeding to the next test. The five testing stages are as follows:
Though Nirvanix was 17 percent faster than Amazon S3 for reading large files, and Microsoft Azure was 12 percent faster when it comes to writing files, no other vendor posted the kind of consistently fast service across all file types as did Amazon S3.
Amazon S3 had the fewest outages and best uptime, and was the only CSP to post a 0.0 percent error rate in both writing and reading objects during scalability testing. And though Microsoft Azure had a slightly faster average ping time than Amazon S3 (likely because Amazon S3 is much more heavily used than Microsoft Azure), Amazon nevertheless had the lowest variability.
The Nasuni Stress Test of CSPs is an ongoing process, so these standings could change in future reports. To view the Nasuni Stress Tests of Cloud Service Providers, visit www.nasuni.com/cloudreport.
Nasuni, a next-generation enterprise storage company, delivers Data Continuity Services that offer a new breed of data protection, accessibility and support to organizations that require their data be accessible 100 percent of the time with no risk of data loss. Nasuni offers IT an all-in-one solution that unifies primary data storage, offsite disaster recovery, data backup and global access with a 100 percent reliability guarantee that is supported by the industry's most stringent services level agreement. With Nasuni, organizations can simplify IT, ensure business continuity, and reduce the total cost of storage. For more information, visit www.nasuni.com.
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