As Magento owner, developer, or sysadmin you maybe know some performance bottlenecks and how to tweak your server for getting better performance. In this article, we from the Magento hosting service MGT-Commerce like to show you the benefits of using HHVM for Magento.
Magento needs a lot hardware recourse to perform well. Even if you have installed some additional third party extension, a large product catalog with many SKU´s or a higher traffic you reach the limits. Of course you can scale up your system by setting up a multi server environment, but this is expensive and takes a lot knowledge about how to configure every detail correct.
Facebook has developed HHVM from very similar reasons, more performance by using less hardware infrastructure. Instead of executing PHP code in high-level bytecode, HHVM translates the PHP code into x64 machine code which is around 40-50% faster!