Increase Your Site Performance with Magento Enterprise Edition 1.14.1

March 30, 2015

By: Marketing Team,
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Magento

The enhancements in Magento Enterprise Edition 1.14.1 deliver a faster, better shopping experience, while at the same time controlling your cost of operations. Recently completed benchmark testing by Zynovo, a third-party Magento system integrator, validated that Enterprise Edition 1.14.1 is our fastest, most CPU efficient version yet.

The third-party testing revealed:

  • Enterprise Edition 1.14.1 provides superior application server response times versus earlier versions of Enterprise Edition:

    • 38% to 44% faster home page

    • 48% faster simple product pages

    • 27% to 47% faster checkout pages

  • Enterprise Edition 1.14.1 provides superior application server CPU utilization:

    • 43% lower than Enterprise Edition 1.14.0

    • 37% lower than Enterprise Edition 1.13.1

    • 39% lower than Enterprise Edition 1.12.1

  • PHP 5.5 is the best performing PHP version on Enterprise Edition 1.14.1:

    • PHP 5.5 with OPcache has 34%-53% faster application server response times than earlier versions of PHP without OPcache

    • PHP 5.5 with OPcache has at least 47% lower application server CPU utilization than all earlier versions of PHP

Download a more detailed summary of the benchmark test results.

How Can Enterprise Edition 1.14.1 Performance Improvements Help You?

There are tangible benefits resulting from these performance improvements, the importance of which is supported by research:

  • Faster application server response times lets merchants provide a faster shopping experience that improves conversion rates and sales.

    • An Aberdeen Group study found that a one-second improvement in page response time increases conversion by 7%1

    • An Akamai/Forrester Consulting study showed that:

      • 47% of consumers expect an ecommerce page to load in two seconds or less

      • 40% of shoppers will wait no more than three seconds before abandoning a retail site

      • 79% of online shoppers who experience a dissatisfying visit are less likely to buy from the same site again2

  • Lower application server CPU utilization means merchants:

    • Can save money by handling greater web traffic with their current hosting infrastructure

    • Have more options and flexibility when planning on-going site infrastructure needs

  • Better PHP 5.5 performance on Enterprise Edition 1.14.1 means users:

    • Can improve conversion rates

    • Capture hosting infrastructure cost savings by upgrading from earlier versions of PHP

Research points to a strong link between web site performance and sales, and online shoppers have increasingly high expectations for superior web experiences.  Taking advantage of the performance benefits of Enterprise Edition 1.14.1 and PHP 5.5 is one way merchants can continue to provide the types of shopping experiences that best serve their customers and deliver financial results.

Additional Tools to Understand Enterprise Edition Performance

The above benchmarking tests were all conducted utilizing the Magento Performance Toolkit, a valuable new resource to help optimize your site performance.  The toolkit provides a standardized way to benchmark the performance of your Magento instance.  We’ve also developed Magento Performance Testing Guidelines that contains recommended baseline settings for benchmarking Enterprise Edition performance.

Together, the toolkit and testing guidelines reveal the real impact software, hardware, and network customizations have on performance so that merchants and developers can make informed decisions to get the most out of Magento Enterprise Edition.

To better optimize your site performance, incorporate the Magento Performance Toolkit into your development processes.  Get the toolkit from GitHub here and download the configuration guidelines here. Please note that the Performance Toolkit is offered as is, without support.

1 Simic, Bojan, “The Performance of Web Applications: Customers Are Won or Lost in One Second” November 2008, Aberdeen Group

2 Forrester Consulting, “eCommerce Web Site Performance Today: An Updated Look At Consumer Reaction To A Poor Online Shopping Experience” A commissioned study conducted on behalf of Akamai Technologies, Inc., August 17, 2009