APImetrics has published a report: Impact of Location and Cloud Service Host on API Performance 2016-2017.
Our report was created from an analysis of more than 285,000,000 API tests to more than 5,600 API endpoints, which generated 5.7 billion separate data points in the 18-month period from January 2016 to June 2017.
Take a look at our observations with these key graphics:
API calls are getting faster:
Google is typically faster for API calls than other cloud services:
Connect Time and API Call Time do not correlate:
Location of Users and Services is the primary factor impacting latency
The ‘Great Firewall’ of China adds a significant speed and performance overhead:
Each day, APImetrics software agents in more than 60 locations around the world regularly exercise a wide variety of API endpoints. APImetrics and its customers use the results of these calls to measure the performance and quality of business-critical APIs. On average, over 600,000 API calls are made by our agents every day.
Because the APIs that are probed are real-world APIs, APImetrics has been able to build an unrivaled historical data set over the past 18 months. It represents the true state of the global API ecosystem.
In our report, we present the conclusions of the largest-ever analysis of general API performance by cloud service and location performed to date. Because of the large sample size, we are confident that we can make statistically valid comparisons between clouds and regions.
API performance varies, often dramatically, between clouds and location. This means it is essential, when planning where to host services, to know who your customers are, where they are, and what they will be using to access your services. Monitoring the performance and quality of the APIs you care about – from the end-user perspective – is vital to understanding how they really behave.
APImetrics can help you monitor and gain insights about your APIs – for instance, where to host services to maximize customer satisfaction.
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