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This is only true with the small instance type though, which is severely CPU handicapped. The larger instances (> medium) get the full CPU throughput. Their "EC2 Compute Unit" rating is mostly marketing, I could never verify it by practice. Some instances with twice the ECU actually give more than twofold performance, while instances with 1 ECU should be renamed to 0,25 ECU.

I would expect anyone who works with AWS to know this by now.




I am curious about this. No doubt the Amazon small is quite the laggard, but as price and capability scale on each platform, I would be curious to know what the results look like.

Secondly, if you wanted to get truly accurate results, doing this same test over an array of provisioned instances would be good, as quality can vary.

Still, interesting information nonetheless. Really surprised how much faster Linode was than DigitalOcean.

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True. EC2 for example has 17 different instance types, but only one was benchmarked in the post.

http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/instance-details/

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