Cloud Storage Speed Comparison

tl;dr Google Drive seems to be the fastest cloud provider.

I was curious about the speed of various cloud storage provider, so I did make some trivial measurements. This evaluation is in no manner academic or something like that. My demand was only a quick overview.

Result

Result

Result

Setup

I used an Azure VM instance in Amsterdam.

Speedtest

This Connection should be fast enough

Speedtest

and I rented a server with enough performance for this job

  • 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v3 (2 Cores)
  • 7 GB RAM
  • 100 GB SSD

Server did idled during the measuring process

Result

Measuring Process

Start VM in Amsterdam and a screen capturing tool. Then execute download and upload with each 100MB and 1024 MB of random data.

Analyze screen capturing to measure elapsed time.

Data

Upload

Provider Duration Filesize Bandwidth
Amazon Drive 5,620 s 100 MB 142 Mbit/s
Amazon Drive 57,240 s 1024 MB 143 Mbit/s
DropBox 48,960 s 100 MB 16 Mbit/s
DropBox 396,760 s 1024 MB 21 Mbit/s
Google Drive 3,682 s 100 MB 217 Mbit/s
Google Drive 29,716 s 1024 MB 276 Mbit/s
Mega 197,724 s 100 MB 4 Mbit/s
Mega 261,785 s 1024 MB 31 Mbit/s
OneDrive 13,660 s 100 MB 59 Mbit/s
OneDrive 122,260 s 1024 MB 67 Mbit/s
OneDrive Business 32,070 s 100 MB 25 Mbit/s
OneDrive Business 196,223 s 1024 MB 42 Mbit/s
Strato HiDrive 23,515 s 100 MB 34 Mbit/s
Strato HiDrive 234,238 s 1024 MB 35 Mbit/s

Download

Provider Duration Filesize Bandwidth
Amazon Drive 31,380 s 100 MB 25 Mbit/s
Amazon Drive 118,220 s 1024 MB 69 Mbit/s
DropBox 5,480 s 100 MB 146 Mbit/s
DropBox 43,500 s 1024 MB 188 Mbit/s
Google Drive 3,220 s 100 MB 248 Mbit/s
Google Drive 30,293 s 1024 MB 270 Mbit/s
Mega 27,680 s 100 MB 29 Mbit/s
Mega 106,333 s 1024 MB 77 Mbit/s
OneDrive 12,536 s 100 MB 64 Mbit/s
OneDrive 127,119 s 1024 MB 64 Mbit/s
OneDrive Business 6,750 s 100 MB 119 Mbit/s
OneDrive Business 63,029 s 1024 MB 130 Mbit/s
Strato HiDrive 4,867 s 100 MB 164 Mbit/s
Strato HiDrive 39,432 s 1024 MB 208 Mbit/s

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