Can the cloud of SIM-Networks, a German IT infrastructure provider, compete with AWS? In this article you will learn whether SIM-Cloud can be considered an Amazon AWS alternative based on multi-faceted testing.
SIM-Cloud vs AWS: who will win?
Amazon Web Services appeared on the market in 2006 and became the first public cloud in the world. Its main competitors are MS Azure and Google. Amazon controls over a third of the cloud service market and continues its steady growth. Its opponent, SIM-Cloud IaaS, was developed by German engineers and released in early 2016. It is deployed in 2 Tier III and Tier III+ data centers in Karlsruhe, Germany. As of 2019, the provider has clients in more than 100 countries across the world.
We have tested 3 important parameters: the RAM bandwidth, CPU core performance and the SSD storage. The configurations need to be as close to each other as possible so that the results are relevant. However, providers offer different vCPU/RAM volume combinations; this is why we have tested configurations with the closest corresponding RAM volume:
- Amazon AWS: 8 CPU & 16 Gb RAM
- SIM-Cloud: 8 CPU & 16 Gb RAM
The performance of the disks in SIM-Cloud was tested on standard SDD storage. We used 20 000 IOPS storage and regular SSD storage in AWS.