I had to benchmark an EC2 instance to see whether a database could be safely moved to it. It is a good practice, which helps avoiding surprises when an instance or its storage are allocated in a noisy neighborhood, where the neighbors use so much resources that it affects the performance of our MySQL database. It is understandable that one can never get very reliable results on EC2, this is a shared environment after all, and that some fluctuations should be expected, however it is still good to know the numbers. I started my benchmarks and everything seemed fine at first, but then sometimes statistics I was getting started looking quite odd.
I was running the benchmarks on a High-CPU Extra Large Instance and couldn’t see any reliability in the results at all. I mean, in one moment I was getting poor throughput and horrible response times only to see it improve a lot a few minutes later. I ruled out a possibility that it could be …[Read more]