Free Cloud Benchmarking Tool – 07/20/2010

HOUSTON & WEST CHESTER, Ohio – (Business Wire) The Planet, the global hosting leader, and Web Hosting Talk, the largest, most influential web hosting community on the Internet, today announced the beta development of a free, online cloud benchmarking tool designed to save businesses time and money when selecting a cloud provider. The new service, known as Bench the Cloud, gives visibility into the performance of cloud or virtualized server platforms, and provides standardized performance feedback and comparisons.

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The site was co-developed by Web Hosting Talk and The Planet. Web Hosting Talk will own and manage the site, and The Planet will become a charter member of Bench the Cloud’s advisory board.

Bench the Cloud is built on a suite of open-source benchmarking tools and measures three key criteria essential to running cloud applications: CPU performance, disk read and disk write speed. Further information about these three performance indices is detailed in an individualized dashboard. Users can sort and filter the public benchmarks according to provider, virtualization status, total RAM and CPU cores. The application can also be used to test non-virtualized machines, and can be downloaded onto any Linux-based machine.