Connectivity testing magic (or dirty tricks)
A report about an experience with (not really) surprising and rather ugly results. It's to do with network/connectivity benchmarking and in particular (but not limited to) the speedtest stuff.
Florin created a great thread; the idea to put lots of providers' connectivity next to each other IMO is a very good one and a useful contribution to our LET community! So, thank you, Florin!
Clouvider appears to be an unpleasant provider - but this appearance is wrong and I wanted to state that clearly front up. In fact, he is among the very few with kind of a global presence who provides for both, 'speedtest' and download file testing. That is the reason why I chose him (and the fact that he known and well respected here as a decent colo/provider). Pretty much any other globally present provider wouldn't have looked any better and more than a few would in fact have looked way worse.
Softlayer for example seems to be a mess; plenty of locations don't seem to work anymore and it's hard to find information. Leaseweb is another example. They offer quite good 'download a test file' testing in quite a few locations but seem to be pretty much absent on speedtest.
I did my tests on both a normal @Hybula VPS (1 Gb/s limit) and a somewhat larger one with a 2 Gb/s limit. And I think we can all agree that Hybula is among the best in terms of connectivity (IMO even the best). So I guess my attempt at doing my tests in a fair way has a good basis (no, I did not test any provider closely linked to, let alone hosted by Hybula). As I said I wanted this to be fair.
Last thing before we go to the beef: I intentionally chose only a few locations and wherever possible with 2 targets there. Unfortunately in Brazil (the destination I chose to represent South-America) I had only one, and none in China (no surprise I guess). In Europe I have 2.5 locations ('.5' because not every one considers Russia (Moscow) as european). My reasoning was that the Netherlands is a rather small country, so I also tested another very major european hub (DE, FRA) but I also wanted a kind of far away and not too easy european location and Moscow looked like a good choice.
In North-America I chose the east coast (NYC/WDC) as well as the west coast (LA) and in Asia it's Singapore.
In the next post we look at the data and will find out the ugly truth.