For the test, Cloud Spectator observed differences in container and virtual machine performance when deployed on the same amount and type of hardware, and configured with identical load generator environments. Cloud Spectator ran performance tests for 24-hours to measure performance and performance stability of the virtual processor, memory bandwidth and disk IOPs. The benchmarks were run using Virtuozzo ContainersTM and two hypervisor-based solutions.
The Cloud Spectator test data shows that in the environments tested, the performance difference between containers and the hypervisor-based solutions can be significant when deploying virtual private servers – in some cases as high as 50%. Below are the report’s key findings:
- Virtuozzo ContainersTM demonstrated the highest system performance observed in the study.
- Virtuozzo ContainersTM scored higher in processor performance than the hypervisor-based VMs.
- Virtuozzo ContainersTM showed similar performance stability with 2.4% variance.
“Our study looked at how an optimized container environment could perform compared to hypervisor-based virtual machines, and the results show us that containers can deliver performance advantages,” said Kenny Li, chief executive officer at Cloud Spectator.
“The Cloud Spectator study clearly shows that containers are a better choice than hypervisor-based solutions for virtual private server deployments, helping service providers get better performance and better profitability,” said Alex Kobets, chief technology officer at Virtuozzo. “Additionally, the tests show that the Virtuozzo Containers are much more resistant and elastic when it comes to dealing with load spikes, which is a critical requirement to help service providers deliver the best possible experience for end user customers.”
For complete details of the test methodology, results and conclusion, download the Cloud Spectator Report
About Cloud Spectator
Cloud Spectator is a cloud analyst agency focused on cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) performance. The company actively monitors several of the largest IaaS providers in the world, comparing performance and pricing to achieve transparency in the cloud market. The company helps cloud providers understand their market position and helps businesses make intelligent decisions in selecting cloud providers and lowering total cost of ownership. The firm was founded in 2011 and is located in Boston, MA.
Virtuozzo is a leading virtual infrastructure software provider with integrated container, hypervisor and storage solutions that power production-ready workloads with the lowest TCO for service providers and businesses. Virtuozzo developed the first commercially available container technology in 2001 with 5 million virtual environments in production today. Virtuozzo is also an active contributor to many influential open source projects, including Linux kernel, OpenVZ, CRIU™, KVM, Docker, OpenStack, CNCF and OCI. To learn more, visit www.virtuozzo.com.