22 February 2007

The world famous SA PING OFF: Content Portals

The idea has been lurking around for a while now. And like everybody else I've considered hosting in various places. Some first world. Some not. :) So just how good are hosting solutions? Just how quick are they? Who hosts with who?

I guess when you're hosting Web 2.0 stuff / hosted applications like us, it's a little different. Fast response rates are important. Ever been changing an event on Google Calendar and the thing just went bonky? Mmm Hmmm. Client side stuff not catching up to slow net connection.

AND thus the intro to a novel little competition. From our offices (512kb Telkom ADSL - at the moment) - a horse race to end all horse races. A PING OFF. Yes.

Some disclaimers. Obviously, connectivity changes based on the bank balance / mood of the Telkom CEO (not really, but it changes). So, to be truly objective, we'd have to run this test a couple of times. Maybe. Later.

Also, Sandton is fairly congested to start with. It is, however, closer to SAIX international exchanges - so perhaps that evens it out.

Without further ado. Our contestants in the first PING OFF.

Introducing, in the grey and red jersey... News24.co.za
And... in the orange jersey... IOL.co.za
And... in the blue jersey... IAfrica.com
And finally, the white jersey belongs to... MWEB.co.za

And they're off!

Coming in...

FIRST PLACE: IAfrica.com - Average roundtrip 95ms.
SECOND PLACE: IOL.co.za - Average roundtrip 268ms.
THIRD PLACE: MWEB.co.za - Average roundtrip 450ms
COME ON DONKEY: News24.co.za - Packet Loss 100%

And just to prove it...

Some post match analysis tomorrow morning :)