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The Fastest Servers August 25, 2009

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I’ve gotten quite a few clients asking me lately which server is the fastest to load their website. Here are the results, compiled from 5 tests of each node through iwebtool.com. I had hoped more tests would help eliminate ties, but we still had one in the end.

1) Node 7 – HighLayer (with 0.03 seconds average)
Test results were 0.04, 0.03, 0.03, 0.03, and 0.02.

1) Node 6 – Nixism (with 0.03 seconds average)
Test results were 0.04, 0.02, 0.02, 0.03, and 0.04.

1) Node 1 – SmokyHosts (with 0.03 seconds average)
Test results were 0.04, 0.05, 0.02, 0.02, and 0.02.

4) Node 3 – OSHS (with 0.046 seconds average)
Test results were 0.05, 0.05, 0.04, 0.05, and 0.04.

5) Node 2 – Felweb (with 0.054 seconds average)
Test results were 0.07, 0.04, 0.04, 0.08, and 0.04.

6) Node 5 – Addora (with 0.076 seconds average)
Test results were 0.06, 0.04, 0.21, 0.03, and 0.04.

As you can  see, even among the  fastest servers, there is still a great amount of fluctuation. We may repeat tests in the future, depending on demand for this type of knowledge.

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1. pvcsnathan - August 26, 2009

You should test several areas. Use common applications such as phpBB and WordPress to benchmark. Load averages and uptime should also play a role in choosing. Network speed tests would also be appropriate. In the end, these statistics you have posted really mean nothing. Clients should choose a server based on past performance and history, not solely on how fast a static page loads.

2. ismywebsite - August 26, 2009

Thanks Nathan,

If I understand you correctly, you are saying that these tests ‘mean nothing’ because there are other factors to consider when choosing a node?

You are also suggesting the publication of uptime tests such as these here:
https://ismywebsite.wordpress.com/?s=uptime

3. pvcsnathan - August 26, 2009

The information should be combined into an overall “score” to make the choice simpler for the clients. A scale of one to ten usually works well. Having the information spread out everywhere doesn’t help so much.

4. ismywebsite - August 26, 2009

If there was a best server then that would work, but each client will have their own needs and the servers are constantly changing.

5. Tony Brown - September 24, 2009

I don’t know If I said it already but …Excellent site, keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

A definite great read..Tony Brown


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