Liquid Web’s Server-Side Performance Tops Amazon, Rackspace and DigitalOcean

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For the 3rd year, Cloud Spectator affirms Liquid Web’s Server-Side Performance Tops Amazon, Rackspace and DigitalOcean

LANSING, Mich. – June 21, 2018 – A study by performance analyst firm Cloud Spectator finds that Liquid Web LLC, a managed hosting provider focused on SMBs – and the designers, developers and agencies who create for them – beats rivals Amazon, Rackspace and DigitalOcean when it comes to website and cloud application performance. Liquid Web’s virtual machines (VMs) exhibit faster processing and disk speeds, while performing more transactions and sustaining more requests per second. The results show that Liquid Web offers a competitive solution for Website hosting needs on platforms such as WordPress, Joomla, or other commonly used CMS and eCommerce software.

“Website performance is often taken for granted when selecting the right Cloud hosting provider”, said Melanie Purkis, Liquid Web Managed Hosting Product Leader. “Faster Cloud virtual machine (VM) performance will lead to a better Website experience for users and performance of the same virtual machine sizes are not equivalent. Website performance is largely impacted by the hardware components that make up the system the website is running on and Liquid Web is investing in the most up-to-date platforms and technologies to deliver faster website and application performance, giving people an all-around better experience, especially those with mission-critical sites.”

In order to measure performance of websites for this study, Cloud Spectator examined both the performance of Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), along with each piece of the LAMP stack. LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. These LAMP components work together to serve a Website’s content to its visitors. The quality of a user’s overall website or application experience begins with the quality of the LAMP stack performance.

Cloud Spectator ran a series of processor-intensive tasks across Amazon, DigitalOcean, Liquid Web, and Rackspace VMs. The results show Liquid Web leading in the rankings for single core vCPU performance.

Study Results

Liquid Web’s entry-level Cloud VM outperformed the larger, compute optimized VMs from Amazon, DigitalOcean and Rackspace.
Liquid Web’s VMs demonstrated faster processor performance and higher disk IOPS than competitors Amazon, DigitalOcean, and Rackspace.
Liquid Web’s VMs sustained the highest number of requests per second for an Apache Web server.

“All hosting isn’t created equal,” said Purkis. “When your business revenue depends on your site, store or application, your hosting provider matters. At Liquid Web, we’re focused on Web and Cloud professionals. That focus translates to products, services and support designed specifically for mission-critical sites, stores and applications.”


Cloud Spectator collected data on entry-level VMs across Liquid Web, Amazon, Rackspace and DigitalOcean for a period of 48 hours. In that two-day time frame, they ran multiple iterations of performance tests, and the median results were used in this report.

About Liquid Web

Liquid Web powers content, commerce, and potential for SMB entrepreneurs and the designers, developers and digital agencies who create for them. An industry leader in managed hosting and cloud services, Liquid Web is known for its high-performance services and exceptional customer support. The company owns and manages its own core data centers, providing a diverse range of offerings spanning from bare metal servers and fully managed hosting to Managed WordPress and Managed WooCommerce Hosting. The company owns SolidWP (formerly iThemes) and continues to evolve its service offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of its web-reliant, professional customers. As an industry leader in customer service*, the rapidly expanding company has been recognized among INC Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for ten years. Liquid Web is part of the Madison Dearborn Partners family of companies. For more information, read our blog. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with all Liquid Web events.

*2017 NPS Score of 66

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Terry Trout is the VP of Marketing at Liquid Web, responsible for lead generation, public relations and internal communications. Terry has decades of experience with technology companies focused on serving small and mid size entrepreneurs. Her passion for serving Web Dependent Professionals and creating the industry's leading hosting experience make her ideal to tell the Liquid Web Story.

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