Press Release

Interoute Virtual Data Centre is the fastest transatlantic cloud service

Double the throughput and lower latency than the leading global cloud providers between the US and Europe in independent comparison research

London & New York, 1 July, 2015. Interoute has today announced that its global cloud platform Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC), has been proven to deliver nearly double the throughput across the Atlantic than the next best cloud provider in comparison research conducted by Cloud Spectator. The research from March 2015 compared Interoute VDC with three leading cloud providers (Amazon AWS, Rackspace and Microsoft Azure), testing network throughput and latency between Europe and USA and between providers' European data centres. In all of the comparisons, Interoute VDC demonstrated the highest throughputs and lowest latencies. 

Cloud Spectator's full research report, and more information about Interoute VDC's performance and features, can be viewed here:

Network performance is a significant factor in cloud computing for business services requiring the highest network capacity (throughput) and the shortest possible time from the server to the client (latency), to meet the needs of the businesses and their users. Innovating new applications and business services in the cloud needs network performance to match and this report shows the advantages of building the cloud into a huge global high performance network. 

Key research findings:

  • Transatlantic:
    • Interoute VDC delivered 1.1 Gbit/s throughput, which was 96% better than Amazon AWS, 141% better than Rackspace, and 195% better than Microsoft Azure.
    • Interoute VDC had the lowest latency, between its London and New York data centres. Interoute was the only provider in the comparison with both of its transatlantic data centres located in key business cities, meaning that VDC users can access compute and storage resources, and deliver data to their customers, from two centres of European and US business activity. 
  • Within Europe:
    • Interoute VDC achieved 1.3 Gbit/s throughput between its London and Amsterdam data centres. This was 52% better than Amazon AWS (Dublin – Frankfurt) and 73% better than Microsoft Azure (Dublin - Amsterdam)
    • Interoute VDC achieved a latency of 6 milliseconds between London and Amsterdam, over three times better than the inter-data centre latency of the comparison providers.

Matthew Finnie, CTO of Interoute, commented: “This independent report confirms and validates our networked cloud strategy. Building cloud into a world class network provides our customers with significantly better performance when compared with the traditional cloud models. Businesses looking to grow between Europe and US should definitely be looking at the importance of these network characteristics for their ability to shift workloads into the cloud. Interoute’s fourteen global zones are all built into high performance network with over 300 interconnects in Europe alone. So wherever you choose to put your data and connect to us, your services are typically going to perform faster on Interoute than on many other global providers.”

Danny Gee, Senior Analyst, Cloud Spectator: “Users want to transfer large amounts of data between data centres quickly. Our study revealed that for a trans-Atlantic connection between cloud data centers, Interoute provided the highest throughput and lowest latency out of AWS, Rackspace and Azure. Interoute also had the higher network throughput and lowest latency in European testing compared to Azure and AWS (Rackspace was excluded, having only one location in Europe), making it a good option for users operating servers within this region. Interoute also provided the best latency, ideal for real-time communications. Users running geographically dispersed environments for such things as geo-redundancy would benefit from Interoute’s high performance cloud connectivity.” 

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Notes to the editor

1) The network throughput results quoted represent the averaged data transfer rate achieved over a five-day sampling period in March 2015, using an 'Iperf' test.

2) The latency results quoted represent averaged Round Trip Time latency over the same five-day sampling period, using a TCP Ping test.

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 VM performance (i.e., CPU, RAM, disk, internal network, and workloads) and pricing to achieve transparency in the cloud market. The company helps cloud providers understand their market position and helps business make intelligent decisions in selecting cloud providers and lowering total cost of ownership. The firm was founded in early 2011 and is located in Boston, MA.

About Interoute

Interoute Communications Ltd is the owner operator of Europe's largest cloud services platform, which encompasses over 67,000 km of lit fibre, 12 data centres, 14 Virtual Data Centres and 31 colocation centres, with connections to 195 additional third-party data centres across Europe. Its full-service Unified ICT platform serves international enterprises, as well as every major European telecommunications incumbent and the major operators of North America, East and South Asia, governments and universities. These organisations find Interoute the ideal partner for computing, connectivity and communications and developing new services. Its Unified ICT strategy has proved attractive to enterprises looking for a scalable, secure and unconstrained platform on which they can build their voicevideocomputing and data services, as well as service providers in need of high capacity international data transit and infrastructure. With established operations throughout mainland Europe, North America and Dubai, Interoute also owns and operates dense city networks throughout Europe's major business channels www.interoute.com