EC2 Performance vs Dedicated Hardware


TechEmpower continues their web framework performance evaluations. Here are the latest results.

Jeff Atwood (of StackOverflow, and now Discourse fame) tweeted the comment that he found the performance difference between EC2 and the dedicated hardware more interesting than the framework comparisons themselves. Looking at the numbers, I’d have to agree. The EC2 large instance is fairly similar to what they put together for hardware, and yet the dedicated hardware is significantly faster. Factors of 7-10x aren’t uncommon.

Makes one wonder about running things in the cloud. Sure, the cost factor kicks in, as well as not having to have dedicated, controlled space to store the machines, and constantly worrying about maintaining them. But, if you’re looking for maximum performance, expect to spin up a lot of EC2 instances…