Cloud hosting services do provide hosting on virtual servers which pull computing resource from extensive underlying networks of physical web servers. In other words, the resources required for maintaining a website is spread across more than one web server. This dramatically reduces chances of any downtimes in case of a server malfunction.
Moving business operations like email and document storage to the cloud can cut costs, streamline workflow, and more. Because of the flexibility and availability that the cloud could offer, cloud revenue is expected to grow 500 percent by 2020 as cloud companies multiply and expand.
Right now, there are three main players in the market – Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure.
But with the fierce competition between cloud hosting giants, choosing one can be challenging. Perhaps finding out the latency of cloud providers would give us an answer.
What Is Cloud Latency?
The Cloud service latency is the delay between a client request and a cloud service provider’s response. It’s an expression of how much time it will take for a packet of data to get from source to destination. This is one of the key factors that customers should consider when choosing a cloud provider. Latency greatly affects how usable and enjoyable devices and communications are. The lower the latency, the faster the data is being processed.
Google Cloud Platform vs Amazon Web Services vs Microsoft Azure
Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is a cloud computing service that host on the same supporting infrastructure that Google uses for ends user products like Google Search and YouTube. It provides products to let developers build a range of programs. Google Cloud is available in thirteen regions currently. It’s also worth noting that the average latency from Singapore to Google data centers around the world is only 6-7ms.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) was officially launched in 2006. It currently offers online services for websites, applications and infrastructures. AWS is currently available in 16 regions and has an average latency of 20ms from Singapore to its data centers.
Microsoft Azure was released in 2010. It is a cloud computing service platform that build, deploy and manage applications through a global network of Microsoft data centers. Azure is currently available in 28 regions and has an average latency of 31ms from Singapore to its data centers.
Comparison has shown that Google Cloud Platform has the lowest latency, showing that data processing with GCP is the fastest in this region.