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Cloudflare Argo Benchmark and Speed Test

Cloudflare Argo Benchmark

A few days ago, Cloudflare announced Argo, their new solution for a faster, more reliable, more secure Internet. My first thought was of course to perform an Argo benchmark to see how well it works.

I’ve previously taken a look at the Cloudflare Pro plan, and I’ve been paying for it ever since despite it not actually being of that much use to me.

Argo however appears to be exactly what I’m interested in, a new way of squeezing out yet more performance, so let’s find out how Cloudflare’s new Argo service performs with some benchmarks!

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Linux VS Windows Web Server Benchmarks

Windows vs Linux web server benchmark test

Following on from my recent Linux web server benchmarks and Windows web server benchmarks, I noticed that in general IIS appeared to perform better than all Linux based web servers that I’d previously tested.

As my Linux results were completed in March last year, I’ve run some of the tests again with the most up to date versions of each web server to ensure that the best performance can be achieved.

So let’s find out how Linux and Windows based web servers compare against each other in a static workload speed test.

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Windows IIS Speed Test Benchmark – 2017 Results

Windows Server IIS Web Server Benchmarks

Following on from my recent Linux web server benchmarks, I’m going to be performing the same tests on all current generations of Microsoft’s IIS web server.

Here I’ll be performing benchmarks against the below versions of the IIS web server and then comparing them against each other to get an idea of which one performs the best under a static workload.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 – IIS 7.5
  • Windows Server 2012 – IIS 8.0
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 – IIS 8.5
  • Windows Server 2016 – IIS 10.0

First I’ll discuss how the tests were set up and actually done before proceeding into the results.

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Is Cloudflare’s Paid Pro Plan Worth It? Speed Test Results

Testing the Cloudflare paid pro plan

Cloudflare is a widely used content distribution network (CDN) which is freely available to help speed up your website by caching various contents at locations around the world.

While I have been taking advantage of the free plan on this website for a number of years I’ve often asked myself “is the Cloudflare Pro plan worth getting?”. At $20 USD per month it costs the same as the server itself. With limited resources available online, I decided to upgrade myself and find out if the pro plan made much of a practical difference to my website.

I’ve performed some basic benchmarks on a number of different file types at different file sizes on this website both on the free plan, and on the Pro plan after I upgraded in August 2016. We’ll take a look at the results and see if any of the Pro features helped speed up load times.

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Linux Web Server Performance Benchmark – 2016 Results

I have previously performed a benchmark on a variety of web servers in 2012 and have had some people request that I redo the tests with newer versions of the web servers as no doubt a lot has likely changed since then.

Here I’ll be performing benchmarks against the current latest versions of a number of Linux based web servers and then comparing them against each other to get an idea of which one performs the best under a static workload.

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Gzip vs Bzip2 vs XZ Performance Comparison

Compression

Gzip, Bzip2 and XZ are all popular compression tools used in UNIX based operating systems, but which should you use? Here we are going to benchmark and compare them against each other to get an idea of the trade off between the level of compression and time taken to achieve it.

For further information on how to use gzip, bzip2 or xz see our guides below:

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Performance Difference Between NFS Versions

The Network File System (NFS) protocol has been around since the ’80s which is quite ancient in the realm of technology, and yet is still used widely. How has the performance of NFS changed over the years between the different versions?

Here we are going to compare the performance of NFS versions 2, 3, 4, and 4.1 to get idea of how things have progressed over time, the results are quite surprising.

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Windows NFS vs Linux NFS Performance Comparison

Both Windows and Linux operating systems are capable of acting as an NFS (Network File System) server, but which performs better? Here we are going to run various benchmarks on the two to see which performs better.

NFS has been around for a long time in UNIX based variants, and more recently Microsoft has added support within the Windows operating system, let’s find out how they compare.

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New Server Upgrade – A Scalable Solution

For some time now I have wanted to move this website over to a newer server in order to improve overall website load times around the world. First I’ll cover the old server, what I was looking for and how I decided on a provider.

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Raspberry Pi Heat Sinks – Temperature before and after

Raspberry Pi Heat Sinks

Raspberry Pi heat sinks – are these needed to keep things cool and running optimally or overkill? Two years ago I purchased a small 3 piece set of copper heat sinks from Ebay for my Raspberry Pi, I was intending to compare the temperature differences with and without them. This was inspired from the testing I did in my Raspberry Pi overclocking benchmarks however I just never got around to putting the heat sinks to use – until now!

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