Google launches open source cloud benchmarking tool called PerfKit
Google has launched an open source cloud benchmarking tool called PerfKit. Google has described the tool as an “…effort to define a canonical set of benchmarks to measure and compare cloud offerings.”
Currently, the PerfKit tool supports Google’s own Compute Engine, Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure clouds. Google has worked on the PerfKit project with a team of more than 30 researchers, various companies and customers. The team included people from ARM, Canonical, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, Rackspace and Red Hat.
There are some companies like CloudHarmony that offer cloud performance reports, though Google has pointed out that cloud performance evaluation is not an easy task. PerfKit can run around 20 benchmark tests regarding CPU performance, database and network benchmarks.
Google says that the tool can also test end-to-end time, and it will provision new resources in the cloud. There is also a visualisation tool, called PerfKit Explorer, which can compare the results. The industry believes that the launch of this open source benchmarking tool is a great move by Google.