Its a fact - "We are the fastest UK Magento Host"

... unofficially, for now! Following on from our recent infrastructure investment, we've spent weeks making sure that we offer the VERY best stability and performance to our customers. That is why for the past 48 hours we have stress tested and benchmarked our (standard) Magento demo store against our competitors and we are proud to say that we haven't found anyone faster, we are the fastest!

Using a spare server of ours, with a 100MB upstream and downstream directly connected to a data-centre in the middle of the UK. We ran Apache Bench for with 20 concurrent users (that's a whopping 72,000 hits per hour) for 3 separate runs of 100 total transactions. We did the tests at 3 times of day 9AM (GMT), 2PM and 11PM and picked the best result for those we tested. The homepage was the page under siege.

Here's the drill down of the benchmark results:

Magento Hosting Comparison

Sonassi Media Services - http://demo.sonassi.com/

Concurrency Level:      20
Time taken for tests:   100.168 seconds
Complete requests:      3131
Failed requests:        0
Write errors:           0
Keep-Alive requests:    0
Total transferred:      70223319 bytes
HTML transferred:       68968519 bytes
<strong>Requests per second:    31.71 [#/sec] (mean)</strong>
Time per request:       638.775 [ms] (mean)
Time per request:       31.939 [ms] (mean, across all concurrent requests)
Transfer rate:          685.77 [Kbytes/sec] received

Simple Helix - http://www.magentify.com/

Concurrency Level:      20
Time taken for tests:   100.4003 seconds
Complete requests:      1917
Failed requests:        0
Write errors:           0
Total transferred:      41943596 bytes
HTML transferred:       41073948 bytes
<strong>Requests per second:    19.17 [#/sec] (mean)</strong>
Time per request:       1043.339 [ms] (mean)
Time per request:       52.167 [ms] (mean, across all concurrent requests)
Transfer rate:          409.58 [Kbytes/sec] received

Crucial Web Hosting - http://demo.magentocommerce.com/

Concurrency Level:      20
Time taken for tests:   100.5441 seconds
Complete requests:      1239
Failed requests:        0
Write errors:           0
Total transferred:      32445514 bytes
HTML transferred:       31905184 bytes
<strong>Requests per second:    12.39 [#/sec] (mean)</strong>
Time per request:       1614.293 [ms] (mean)
Time per request:       80.715 [ms] (mean, across all concurrent requests)
Transfer rate:          316.83 [Kbytes/sec] received
As you can imagine we are more than happy about this - our hard work has paid off. If you want us to mix up the stats or throw your site into the mix, get in touch - but don't be too offended if we outperform you too 😉