Gen 1 vs Gen 2 Benchmarks – How Gen2 Increases Website Performance by up to 157%

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Jun 10, 2020

WordPress performance relies heavily on your WordPress web hosting and the Cloud infrastructure they use. Whether you are running compute-bound applications for resource-intensive applications or just a WooCommerce store, you need the right mix of compute resources to do the job efficiently. The significance of your website performance and page load time for your business can’t be stressed enough.

In this article, we’d explain to you in detail how Gen 2 Cloud infrastructure increases your website performance by up to 157%. At Skystra, we’ve have deployed Skystra Gen 2 Cloud infrastructure, for everyone.

So, how big a deal it really is when it comes to performance of Skystra Gen 1 and Gen 2? Don’t take our word for it, let’s take a look at the various benchmarks we tested for both these generations. The benchmark results speak for themselves. Generation 2 machine types offer consistent high-end vCPU performance. Also, they are a great choice for EDA, HPC, and other heavy applications for an unparalleled experience.

Benchmarking Gen 2 Cloud infrastructure

Here comes the fun part. We ran some tests to get to further details as in how Gen 2 actually increases website performance by up to 157%. Let’s take a look at the results for each test performed.

1. A/B WordPress test

A standard A/B WordPress test conducted on both machines under the same conditions gave the following results:

 Time taken for testsRequests per secondTime per request
Gen 1 Cloud Infrastructure  133.714 seconds3.74802.284 [ms] (mean)
Gen 2 Cloud Infrastructure  84.916 seconds5.89509.495 [ms] (mean)

On average, the new Skystra generation 2 machines are 157% faster when it comes to requests per second as compared to generation 1 machines. There is also a significant decrease in time per request, which would ultimately give a much faster browsing experience to the users.

2. Landing page without HTTPS

 Time taken for testsRequests per secondTime per request
Gen 1 Cloud Infrastructure  119370.512 seconds – (33.15h)8.38358.112 ms
Gen 2 Cloud Infrastructure  75075.728 seconds – (20.85h)13.32225.227 ms

On average, the new Skystra generation 2 machines are ~159% faster when it comes to requests per second as compared to generation 1 machines for the landing page without HTTPS test. Time taken per request has been visibly decreased with Gen 2 Cloud Infrastructure.

3. Landing page with HTTPS

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 Time taken for testsRequests per secondTime per request
Gen 1 Cloud Infrastructure  138251.825 seconds – 38.40h7.23414.755 ms
Gen 2 Cloud Infrastructure  95508.043 seconds – 26.53h10.47286.524 ms

On average, the new Skystra generation 2 machines are ~144% faster when it comes to requests per second as compared to generation 1 machines for the landing page with HTTPS test.

4. /wp-login.php WITH HTTPS

 Time taken for testsRequests per secondTime per request
Gen 1 Cloud Infrastructure  135431.061 seconds7.38406.293 ms
Gen 2 Cloud Infrastructure  93798.530 seconds10.66281.396 ms

On average, the new Skystra generation 2 machines are ~144% faster when it comes to requests per second as compared to generation 1 machines for the /wp-login.php WITH HTTPS test. A visible decrease can also be seen in time per request.

Performance Results from migrating to Gen 2 infrastructure  

Burwood Group, an IT consulting firm, adapted to Gen 2 at the right time and saw an overall 40% improvement in the performance, while using lesser hardware. The vice president of technology research and development at Burwood Group stated in a blog that most of the critical tasks took 82% less while the solution being cost-effective at the same time.

Average Speed Index
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It’s clear that the average speed for all the industries is higher than the best practice. 40% of the visitors leave the website if it doesn’t load within 3 seconds. While it may not be possible to land exactly on the best practice limit, reducing the page load time by even 1 second would give you a huge advantage over your competitor.

Highest performance per core is ensured in Gen 2 Cloud infrastructure. In a nutshell, it means that they’ll be able to handle even the most demanding WordPress sites easily. Total cost of ownership (TCO) is significantly reduced with Gen 2 while offering consistently high CPU load without artificial throttling.

Takeaways from the benchmark results

  • A simple migration to the new and powerful architecture would result in even faster page load times. There is no work or testing required on your behalf.
  • It doesn’t matter if you own a resource-intensive WooCommerce store or just a personal blog. Heavier websites will see a greater performance difference than those that are already optimized. However, you can experience speed boosts on even the optimized websites.
  • Not only your frontend but also the backends will see a faster load time while you’re working in WP admin dashboard.
  • For those with dedicated hosting plans, no IP addresses would be changed when migrating to gen 2 Cloud infrastructure.

Conclusion

The Generation 2 Cloud infrastructure is definitely a great fit for wide range of workloads e.g. web servers, crucial business applications and small to medium sized databases and development requirements. Whether you have a low traffic personal blog or a heavy WooCommerce site with thousands of customers, you’ll be able to get higher conversion rates and speeds faster than you thought was possible.