I tested content delivery to a server we have at Engine Yard in Sacramento.
We are testing CDN’s for our flash delivery so I tested with a 160kb swf file. Media Temple doesn’t claim to be a CDN but I tested it anyways on it’s budget grid server. Panther and Edgecast are CDNs. I did all testing using apache bench from a slice in Engine Yard cluster EY01. The Intranet test was with content from a slice in their cluster EY02. This was a baseline since the servers are probably only meters from each other. S3’s latency is a big reason we’re looking for a good CDN.
.mac was the surprise contender and they only cost $100 a year. Perhaps we were just geographically lucky. They limit to 100gb a month and we hope to be serving more flash than that so .mac is not a realistic solution. Their consumer agreement is not sufficient as well but in reality neither is S3’s.
I tested 10,000 requests with a concurrency of 10. I repeated the ~4 minute test to make sure numbers were settled. The huge bias was location and perhaps time of day. Tests were done at noon on 8/27/08.
Conclusion: the two CDNs performed better than the non-CDN delivery. This data isn’t fair nor significant enough to rule one CDN better than the other.