Businesses of all sizes depend on database applications for tasks ranging from payroll systems to external order fulfillment and everything in between. Cloud solutions can offer the flexibility and scalability necessary to maintain smooth operations and high database performance at every level of growth, but between the many public, private, and on-premises cloud solutions on the market, it can be a challenge to know where to start. Even outwardly comparable cloud platforms with the same range of advertised specs can perform very differently with database-intensive workloads, so relevant performance data is critical for identifying the right contenders for your needs.

We measured the database performance of two comparable cloud environments running several MySQL virtual machines: a Dell APEX Private Cloud with PowerMax solution and an Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 with EBS solution. Both solutions were powered by comparable 3rd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors and the same amount of virtual RAM. We used the HammerDB 4.6 TPROC-C online transaction processing workload—which simulates a dynamic and demanding relational database environment—to measure the number of new orders per minute (NOPM) that each solution processed. We found that the Dell APEX Private Cloud solution processed 25.4 percent more NOPM than the AWS solution. These results indicate that for businesses wanting to maximize the performance of their MySQL database-backed applications, the APEX private cloud solution is the better choice compared to a similarly configured solution running on AWS.

To learn more about our cloud solution comparison tests, check out the report and infographic below.