Faster EC2 testing agents

SUNDAY 1ST OF JUNE 2014

As of the 1st of June SpeedCurve has switched to using faster testing agents at Amazon EC2 data centers. As web pages become more Javascript and resource heavy I've noticed more and more pages max out the CPU while performance testing.

SpeedCurve now uses EC2 m1.medium instances which have 3.75GB of RAM with faster CPU and network performance. For CPU heavy pages you should see a drop in overall load time. The connection speed for testing agents is still throttled to an average US connection speed so simple pages may not improve as much.

Overall this should provide more consistent results that are more on par with what an average user of your website might experience.

Do note that SpeedCurve's strength is competitive benchmarking and detailed build analysis. If you're after actual on the ground performance numbers then we suggest combining SpeedCurve with Real User Monitoring.   

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