Check internet behavior
Our site targets mainly Russian users.
I have been speaking with a new hosting provider regarding moving our servers there, only these guys have only US based (east coast) data centers. Therefore I would like to run tests for some period of time to try and figure if the geographical distance poses a problem.
Some of our machines are inside Russia so I can run anything I want from there. The trivial ping and trace showed OK results, but as I understand I need to run tests for a long period of time (a few days) and get stats.
1. Other than ping, trace and file downloads from the US data center are there any other special tests I can perform?
2. Looking for a tool to install on Russian linux to run these tests on autopilot for me and get a report at the end.
SmokePing - About SmokePing comes to mind.
Let it check a URL in the US datacenter with preferably a http URL, that has dynamically produced content and also a lot of objects.
This probe comes to mind
SmokePing - Smokeping::probes::EchoPingHttp
Smokeping will send 20 concurrent requests and then draw a "smoke" line based on the response times and also present an average.
In general, the more hops and longer the distance, latency will be worse and worse.