August 24, 2010

DotNetNuke 5.5.x and Later Performance

Now that the DotNetNuke version 5.5.0 release has been out in the wild for a bit I wanted to take a moment to talk a bit about this release and one particular item that is of special interest to me with regards to the performance of the release.  In the past a common question posed to me would be "Which version of DNN runs the fastest?" The answer has always been an easy one, DNN 4.9.5 has been the release that could handle the heaviest load with the best overall relative performance.  I believe we have finally hit a tipping point.

Just prior to the release of DNN 5.5.0 there was a blog post by Keivan Beigi titled "DotNetNuke 5.5.0 Takes the Performance Crown." This article was very interesting to me as I have been spending a little time here and there trying to figure out what changed and why the performance of the 5.x platform wasn't as good as it should be.  I thought I had noticed a difference back in the day when working with UrlMaster instead of the DNN FriendlyUrlProvider but I never got around to actually trying to validate that observation.

To me this was exciting news and something to look forward to, then last Friday Bruce Chapman published a blog article "Performance Testing DotNetNuke 5.5 and  UrlMaster" in his article he went through a detailed performance comparison between the 5.4 and 5.5 DotNetNuke releases.  The results are impressive, you should be sure to check out the article to see the numbers.

So what does this mean? Well, I do believe there is very solid proof that DotNetNuke has yet again taken things to the next step.  With these improvements I think it really takes the out of the box DotNetNuke 5.x platform and makes it much more functional with larger sites.  The only thing I will mention here is that although initial findings are showing that DotNetNuke 5.5.0 is operating at a better performance baseline than previous versions of DotNetNuke 5.x be sure to take all items into consideration before upgrading, just like with any other software release.  For more details on my thoughts regarding upgrades please visit this article.


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