We’ve launched a new tool – Network Latency Test, a free service for network monitoring.
It is a unique solution for the users of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Friendly interface, easy navigation and useful functionality make this tool valuable for any AWS user who wants to get the most out of the Cloud by monitoring network performance.
Datapath.io has built a worldwide network latency monitoring system, which continuously measures all known 773,013 Internet prefixes. Network Latency Test enables to measure internet latency from different AWS regions to geolocations, networks and prefixes all over the world. It allows comparing AWS performance with hosting providers as well as with Datapath.io’s optimized routes. The service is free and doesn’t require any registration.
“After 2 years of development and having collected a huge amount of data, our monitoring has finally gone live. For the first time AWS customers will be able to measure and compare the performance of their traffic / network. This is the first step to make the ISP market transparent” – Sascha Coldewey, co-founder of Datapath.io.
Monitor network latency
The free network monitoring tool by Datapath.io helps to gain knowledge about your network performance. You can measure your internet speed from different AWS regions to geolocations, networks and prefixes all over the world. To do so follow the steps below:
- Choose the AWS region which is the one endpoint of your data traffic. At the moment Datapath.io is providing Virginia, Ireland and Frankfurt.
- Type the destination you want to analyze in the text field. This can be a geolocation, a prefix or a network and will be the other endpoint of your data traffic.
What you will get as a result are the following measurements: Two graphs, Datapath.io’s optimized routes compared to the default route of Amazon Web Services. Additionally, you can choose to display latency graphs of different Internet service providers and set different time periods to see how performance developed since back then.
AWS latency from Frankfurt to China
Low latency is a goal
But why is it important to measure your network performance?
Well, it is always interesting to know how fast (or slow) your internet speed is. But especially when you have a business in an industry that relies on fast internet you should be aware of your performance behavior and, in case it is not fast enough, optimize network speed.
Video Streaming is a probably the most vivid example for a branch that needs fast internet. Imagine you are watching a serial online and it stops again and again because the video buffers. This circumstance is due to slow internet speed which is caused by network congestion.
The eCommerce business is also dependent on low network latency as you can maybe tell from your own experience. “Customers negatively reward pages loading over 3 seconds by leaving your site.“ In consequence of getting used to having fast internet at all hours, people get impatient and will leave your service because its content delivery is not fast enough.
All in all, rather than having your customers leave the video stream or online shop or any website at all and thereby losing revenue because they are annoyed check on your internet performance with network monitoring tools regularly to prevent such incidents. The next step then is the network optimization to improve monitoring results.