WP Engine Adopts Google Cloud Platform’s Compute-Optimized VMs

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Managed WordPress hosting provider WP Engine has adopted Google Cloud Platform’s newest infrastructure, the Compute-Optimized Virtual Machines (VM) (C2). With these enhancements, WP Engine’s platform would offer significantly enhanced WordPress performance.

For the past quarter, WP Engine has been hard at work adapting its proprietary managed WordPress hosting optimization stack to offer compute-optimized Virtual Machines by Google. These compute-optimized VMs (C2) would offer high per-thread performance and memory speeds that benefit the most compute-intensive workloads.

The new instances can power the most demanding and performance-hungry applications such as high-performance computing (HPC), electronic design automation (EDA), gaming, and single-threaded and other compute-intensive applications.

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Jason Cohen
“With this announcement we’re unequivocally offering the fastest infrastructure there is in WordPress today,” said Jason Cohen, Chief Technology Officer and founder and of WP Engine.

“With this announcement we’re unequivocally offering the fastest infrastructure there is in WordPress today,” said Jason Cohen, Founder and Chief Technology Officer for WP Engine. “It’s thanks to our strong partnership with Google that we were able to work closely to integrate our technology with theirs and become the first to market to do so. We are excited to partner with Google Cloud Platform on this achievement and help push the state of the art of what’s possible with WordPress digital experiences for our customers.”

WordPress Platform performance would be WP Engine’s highest priority. The company is constantly tuning the parameters of its ‘Digital Experience Platform’ to ensure it is optimized for WordPress performance for all its customers.

Recent WordPress performance optimizations would include:

  • Using statistical data, available due to WP Engine’s scale, and aggregating data across more than 500,000 WordPress installations, the company tuned its PHP opcode caching parameters better than the typical “best practices” values.
  • Increased the speed of both reading and writing to the WordPress Object and Transient Cache by tuning low-level protocols.
  • Tuning its PHP v7.3 docker container to get even more speed.

“Many customers depend on Google Cloud to power their most critical business applications, and to quickly bring new innovations to market,” said Shailesh Shukla, VP of Product Management, Compute and Networking, Google Cloud. “This is why we have been continuously focused on pushing the performance envelope of our infrastructure. With our new Compute Optimized VMs, we’re enabling customers to take advantage of the latest innovations in CPU technology and achieve more than 40% higher performance. We’re thrilled to partner with WP Engine in bringing this performance boost to their customers and offering the fastest WordPress infrastructure in the market.”

Founded in 2010, WP Engine is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and has offices in Brisbane, Australia; Limerick, Ireland; London, England; Omaha, Nebraska; San Antonio, Texas; and San Francisco, California. The managed WordPress hosting company delivers its services to over 120,000 customers across 150 countries.