Taos Benchmark Confirms: Go Daddy a Strong Cloud Contender

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Independent Benchmarking Study Measures Performance of Go Daddy Cloud Servers Offering

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When we developed Cloud Servers, we were looking for the ‘sweet spot’ between complexity, usability and pricing… and what Taos was able to show us on the performance side is extremely helpful in terms of a third-party benchmark.

Go Daddy, the world’s largest provider of web hosting, domain names and new SSL Certificates, selected Taos Mountain, Inc. to conduct a comprehensive benchmark for its new Go Daddy Cloud Servers offering. The benchmark exercise compared the cloud server and storage offerings of Go Daddy to leaders in the industry including Amazon AWS and Rackspace Cloud Servers.

Go Daddy Cloud Servers exhibited exemplary performance across all benchmark tests. In fact, findings showed Go Daddy outpaced Amazon in a number of categories, especially CPU performance. The results became more impressive when cost was considered as a factor. Cloud Servers from Go Daddy consistently outperformed competitors, even when compared to their much more expensive instance sizes.

Taos designed a comprehensive suite of benchmark tests to look at individual components such as CPU, memory and storage performance, as well as real-world workloads, such as blog sites, databases and big data applications including Hadoop. With more and more providers creating cloud offerings (both public and private), it has become increasingly important to evaluate the performance characteristics of the overall cloud solution in order to compare offerings across the industry.

Dan Roncadin, Architect and Practice Leader at Taos warns, “With all the marketing noise out there about the cloud these days, it’s very difficult to separate advertising from fact…that’s why independent benchmarking studies are critical when it comes to measuring actual performance in a real-world scenario. In this latest test, we found significant differences in CPU and I/O performance across different cloud offerings.”

“When we developed Cloud Servers, we were looking for the ‘sweet spot’ between complexity, usability and pricing… and what Taos was able to show us on the performance side is extremely helpful in terms of a third-party benchmark,” said Brain Krouse, Go Daddy Distinguished Engineer Hosting Research. “The professionals at Taos have been a great resource for us- they spent the time and gave our project the attention it required for a thorough benchmark test, which is just what we needed given the crowded cloud space right now. We hope others will utilize this important benchmark to test their product.”

About Taos
Taos is a pre-eminent IT services company providing expertise across the strategic, management and tactical layers of IT and engineering organizations. Founded in Silicon Valley in 1989, Taos has contributed progressive IT solutions and exceptional thought leadership to some of the Nation’s most innovative and esteemed companies. Today Taos leverages that expertise to help their clients optimize IT to achieve and sustain operational excellence. To learn more about Taos visit taos.com.

About Go Daddy
About Go Daddy Go Daddy is the world’s largest domain name provider, Web hosting provider and new SSL provider, focused on helping small businesses grow larger. Go Daddy provides dozens of cloud-based services and is the largest worldwide mass-market hosting provider by annual revenue according to Tier1 Research (Mass-Marketing Hosting Report-Winter 2011) and is the #1 provider of net-new SSL certificates for 2011, according to the Netcraft, LTD Secure Server Survey. To learn more about the company, visit GoDaddy.com/PR.

Carrina Cappadona, Taos VP of Delivery Services: ccappadona[at]taos[dot]com
Tasha Wilkinson, Taos Marketing Manager: twilkinson[at]taos[dot]com
Vanessa Bradford, c3PR: vanessa[at]c3pr[dot]com, 1-408‐730‐8506, mobile 1-209-505-3690

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