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Amazon S3 Comes in a Close Second to Microsoft Azure’s Blob Storage in Tests, Which Measured Speed, Availability and Scalability; Google Cloud Storage Lags Far Behind
NATICK, Mass. – May 13, 2015 – /BackupReview.info/ – Nasuni, a provider of Cloud NAS to distributed organizations, today released results from its third biennial State of Cloud Storage Report, which tested the write/read/delete speeds, availability and scalability of the top three public cloud storage providers. Microsoft Azure’s Blob Storage came out on top overall, with Amazon S3 a very close second, though it did beat out Azure in some important aspects. Google Cloud Storage lagged far behind the top two.
Microsoft has made enormous strides with its cloud storage service since Nasuni issued its first cloud storage provider (CSP) report in December 2011. In that report, though Microsoft performed well, Amazon was clearly superior. That changed in the February 2013 CSP report when Microsoft took the top spot over Amazon. The 2015 CSP report shows that Microsoft has managed to hold on to its position as the top cloud storage performer.
Nasuni publishes this biennial report to share the information that it gathers in order to properly evaluate CSPs for its own use. In much the same way that traditional enterprise storage vendors use commodity disk drives as components in their products, Nasuni uses public cloud storage from the major CSPs as a component in their Cloud NAS service. And just as these traditional storage vendors constantly test commodity disk drives, Nasuni also regularly tests the major public storage clouds. Nasuni must monitor every change, improvement and update within the CSP market to know which CSPs best enable it to provide the highest quality service and deliver on its stringent SLA.
This year, Nasuni narrowed its test to just three providers: Microsoft Azure’s Blob Storage, Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and Google Cloud Storage. Originally, Nasuni had also planned to test HP’s Cloud Object Storage and IBM’s SoftLayer; in fact, these two providers were tested in a limited capacity. However, HP made a significant strategic change to their service, leaving Nasuni unsure of how the service would evolve over the coming year, and Nasuni’s experience with IBM was checkered with scheduled outages that made testing very problematic.
In addition, in Gartner’s most recent Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Storage Services (Gartner, 9 July 2014), Microsoft Azure and Amazon S3 are the only Leaders, while Google is the only Challenger, further justifying that the tests be restricted to these three CSPs.
Each of the three CSPs was tested in the following areas:
Nasuni’s engineers conducted all tests between October 2014 and February 2015, using virtual machines that resided in four separate clouds distributed geographically across the central and eastern regions of the United States. For the write/read/delete tests, no storage cloud was tested using its own compute cloud. All tests were run using a variety of times, locations, virtual machines and dates to minimize the risk of external network bias.
The top-level results were as follows:
In terms of write speed and variance together, however, Microsoft’s much faster average write speed gave it the edge over its rivals, even though it was the least consistent. In most applications, it is more important to write quickly than to do so at a consistent speed, which is why this metric was introduced into testing with this report.
“Microsoft’s continued investment in its second generation cloud storage platform continues to pay off,” said Andres Rodriguez, CEO of Nasuni. “Nevertheless, Amazon S3 was not very far behind Microsoft, and even bested Microsoft in some areas, such as write speed for large files. With Amazon and Microsoft, enterprise IT has two mature, robust CSPs whose platforms will eventually replace the spinning disk within the enterprise data center.
“Nasuni has built its Cloud NAS service on these next-generation storage components,” Rodriguez continued, “and, as a result, we can provide functionality that is unattainable with a traditional NAS: fast access to the corporate file share from anywhere in the world; automatic backup every sixty seconds with instant recovery of data from any point in time; and a true global lock that doesn’t depend on any single piece of hardware. Quite simply, Nasuni is providing distributed organizations with the future of enterprise storage.”
Click here to download the full report: http://www.nasuni.com/resource/the-state-of-cloud-storage-in-2015/
Nasuni is privately held and based in Natick, Mass. For more information, visit www.nasuni.com
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