How to review OnApp Federation zone performance, and choose the right locations
The OnApp Federation enables OnApp cloud providers to deploy virtual machines for their customers at locations across the world, even if they don’t have a physical presence at a given location.
The Federation offers a wide range of locations, price and performance options that OnApp cloud providers can use as part of their service, whether it’s a lower cost location from our “Dev” tier, for non-critical workloads, or the more robust “Pro” tier for production environments.
They’re all available through the Federation marketplace integrated into the OnApp cloud platform UI – but how do you decide which zones to use? Location plays a part, but what if there are multiple zones at the same location – or if there are several locations equidistant from your location, that will meet the needs of your customer?
Relax, we have the solution. We review and score each OnApp Federation zone to help you make an informed decision. Here’s how it works.
Using the marketplace to review OnApp Federation zone performance
When you look at the list of zones to subscribe to, or ones that you have already subscribed to, you will see a column labeled “Cloud Score”. This score is a representation of the average of IOPS, Bandwidth, and CPU scores for the zone. The score will tell you how the zone performs overall compared to the other zones in the market. The higher the score, the better it has performed in our testing.
Having a high score on the list doesn’t mean it is the best performing in each individual score area. If Bandwidth is the most important factor in your decision, you will want to compare the bandwidth score to the other zones you are considering. This can be viewed by clicking on the graph icon next to the score and then on the next page you will see a tab for each score area.
In OnApp 6.0, we have simplified this by allowing you to filter the list by the individual score for CPU, IOPS, Bandwidth or overall score, using a simple drop-down in the column header. Also the individual zone score will open as a pop up rather than taking you to a new screen.
Once you have compared the key factors, you can make an educated decision on which zone will best suit your needs.
We run periodic tests on each zone in the market to ensure that the zone is functioning as expected and then run benchmark tests to use in our scoring comparison. If we find something wrong with a zone, we will reach out to the provider to fix the problems and re-test as needed to ensure our data set is up-to-date and accurate.
More information on the zone subscription process and scoring can be found at https://docs.onapp.com/federation/buyers/subscribe-to-federated-zone.