Linode Tokyo/Japan Speedtests

by Ruchira on September 25, 2011

Linode which is my favorite VPS host, recently announced their service availability on Tokyo,Japan data center.  If your visitors reside in Asia you might be interested in jumping to Tokyo data center.  But what about speeds? London data center is already performing very well for Asian linode customers.

So to find out what kind of speeds that I can get with Tokyo Data Center, I have snatched a 512MB linode on Tokyo DC and decided to perform some network speedtests. All tests were done with 100MB test files.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately the results are extremely poor as you can see below. I wont put the blames quickly on linodes part because since its new there can be few minor problems and most likely be able to resolve this by simple support ticket. But I found something interesting,

As a tradition Linode hosts their speedtest files on their 1st server of specific data center. For an example their first server on London DC is london1.linode.com and their london speedtest is located on London1.linode.com ( http://london1.linode.com/100MB-london.bin ) too.

Vice-versa Tokyo speedtest file is hosted on Tokyo1.linode.com ( http://tokyo1.linode.com/100MB-tokyo.bin ) But when I saw the Linode Manager Dashboard I saw my Tokyo Linode also resides on Tokyo1 host node

And I guess that’s the major reason I got this kinda slow speeds because since its new data center, many customers might be testing speeds by downloading that 100MB test file which is hosted on the Tokyo1 Node which my Linode resides in.

So Its not a good idea to host public speedtest files on a customer production server. Specially since linode is a big company it can be brutal for the other linode members resides on the same node.  However things can be different and Ill put this to linode staff attention and lets see what their answer is!

Anyway here are the results :)

1. Lets start with Cachefly 100MB test which become community standard by now

http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net|205.234.175.175|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: `100mb.test.1'

100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 2.94M/s   in 35s

2011-09-25 09:25:23 (2.84 MB/s) – `100mb.test.1′ saved [104857600/104857600]

I have performed this cachefly test about 2 times and this is the best that I managed to get. Since Cachefly also got Tokyo POP, Im wondering why this test got slow :(

2. Linode Newark NJ

http://newark1.linode.com/100MB-newark.bin
Connecting to newark1.linode.com|207.192.68.6|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: `100MB-newark.bin'

100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 1.59M/s in 79s

2011-09-25 09:56:33 (1.26 MB/s) – `100MB-newark.bin’ saved [104857600/104857600]

3. Linode Fremont CA

http://fremont1.linode.com/100MB-fremont.bin
Connecting to fremont1.linode.com|64.71.152.17|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: `100MB-fremont.bin'

100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 2.47M/s in 38s

2011-09-25 10:05:16 (2.62 MB/s) – `100MB-fremont.bin’ saved [104857600/104857600]

4. Linode Atlanta GA

http://atlanta1.linode.com/100MB-atlanta.bin
Connecting to atlanta1.linode.com|63.247.71.196|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: `100MB-atlanta.bin'

100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 1.51M/s in 1m 51s

2011-09-25 10:09:44 (920 KB/s) – `100MB-atlanta.bin’ saved [104857600/104857600]

5. Linode Dallas TX

http://dallas1.linode.com/100MB-dallas.bin
Connecting to dallas1.linode.com|69.164.200.100|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: `100MB-dallas.bin'

100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 1.76M/s in 68s

2011-09-25 10:12:18 (1.46 MB/s) – `100MB-dallas.bin’ saved [104857600/104857600]

6. Linode London UK

http://london1.linode.com/100MB-london.bin
Connecting to london1.linode.com|109.74.207.9|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: `100MB-london.bin'

100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 1.15M/s in 92s

2011-09-25 10:14:42 (1.09 MB/s) – `100MB-london.bin’ saved [104857600/104857600]

7. Hetzner Germany

http://hetzner.de/100MB.iso
Connecting to hetzner.de|213.133.107.227|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 301 Moved Permanently
Location: http://www.hetzner.de/100MB.iso [following]
--2011-09-25 10:17:49-- http://www.hetzner.de/100MB.iso
Resolving www.hetzner.de... 213.133.107.227
Reusing existing connection to hetzner.de:80.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 104840234 (100M) [application/x-iso9660-image]
Saving to: `100MB.iso'

100%[======================================>] 104,840,234 508K/s in 3m 33s

2011-09-25 10:21:22 (482 KB/s) – `100MB.iso’ saved [104840234/104840234]

8. Serverboost Netherlands

www.serverboost.nl/snelheid/100mb.bin
Connecting to www.serverboost.nl|213.152.169.209|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: `100mb.bin'

100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 366K/s in 5m 30s

2011-09-25 10:30:26 (310 KB/s) – `100mb.bin’ saved [104857600/104857600]

Now that sucks. 310KB/s :( I was able to max out my DSL with that same serverboost speedtest by downloading it at 460KB/s

9. OVH France

ftp://ftp.ovh.net/test.bin
Connecting to ftp.ovh.net|213.186.33.9|:21... connected.
Logging in as anonymous ... Logged in!
==> SYST ... done. ==> PWD ... done.
==> TYPE I ... done. ==> CWD not needed.
==> SIZE test.bin ... 104857600
==> PASV ... done. ==> RETR test.bin ... done.
Length: 104857600 (100M) (unauthoritative)

100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 903K/s in 2m 23s

2011-09-25 10:34:38 (716 KB/s) – `test.bin’ saved [104857600]

10. Finally for the lulz lets try the Linode Tokyo speedtest

Linode hosts their tokyo test file here http://tokyo1.linode.com/100MB-tokyo.bin and Like I said before I found that my linode resides on Tokyo 1 too. So lets try same host speedtest to see what kind of result that we can get.

http://tokyo1.linode.com/100MB-tokyo.bin
Connecting to tokyo1.linode.com|106.187.33.12|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: `100MB-tokyo.bin.1'

100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 53.0M/s in 1.9s

2011-09-25 10:41:45 (53.0 MB/s) – `100MB-tokyo.bin.1′ saved [104857600/1048576]

I'm Ruchira Sahan and all posts on this blog are completely my thoughts and writings. I love DIY and Technology. So feel free to contact me for anything about this blog and don't forget to add a comment if this blog helped you! Thanks
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  • http://jamroom.net Michael Ussher

    How are your upload speeds?

    Im on linode and live in Tokyo and find upload speed seams to be slower than the old shared hosting i used to rent which was located in Washinton state.

    • http://www.ruchirablog.com Ruchira

      got rid of it months ago because of this very problem. I live in Sri lanka even I didnt got better results with them so got rid of it

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