(How Much) Does a Private WAN Improve Cloud Performance?

Todd Arnold, Ege Gurmericliler, Georgia Essig, Arpit Gupta, Matt Calder, Vasileios Giotsas, Ethan Katz-Bassett
2020 IEEE INFOCOM 2020 - IEEE Conference on Computer Communications  
The construction of private WANs by cloud providers enables them to extend their networks to more locations and establish direct connectivity with end user ISPs. Tenants of the cloud providers benefit from this proximity to users, which is supposed to provide improved performance by bypassing the public Internet. However, the performance impact of cloud providers' private WANs is not widely understood. To isolate the impact of a private WAN, we measure from globally distributed vantage points
more » ... ed vantage points to two large cloud providers, comparing performance when using their worldwide WAN and when instead using the public Internet. The benefits are not universal. While 48% of our vantage points saw improved performance when using the WAN, 43% had statistically indistinguishable median performance, and 9% had better performance over the public Internet. We find that the benefits of the private WAN tend to improve with client-to-server distance, but the benefits (or drawbacks) for a particular vantage point depend on specifics of its geographic and network connectivity.
doi:10.1109/infocom41043.2020.9155428 dblp:conf/infocom/ArnoldGEGCGK20 fatcat:kezfnvzpyje6vftk2q5flo6khq