Switching it up on y’all this month. By request by one of my dear readers, I’ve included Vultr’s new “high frequency” server in this month’s comparison.

Traditionally these posts have been all the same price point to keep things apples to apples, but for a buck more per month, it’s a pretty trivial price difference, plus I was curious to see how well it performed!

Does this open the door for reviewing lower price points like the $3.50 instance from Lightsail? Maybe so.

That said, I’m actually working towards doing more expansive reviews that cover not only more providers (feel like a new one pops up every day) but also a wide range of plans and pricing.

Since last month, Linode dropped new GPU instances that are $1000 per month and I can’t wait to give those a run too.

Vultr also has a new interface that was quite snappy, especially compared to Linode and UpCloud which still don’t let you create multiple instances in one shot.

As always, I spun up 3 server instances with each provider and averaged the results. Each was running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and I tried to pick data centers closest to the New York area since that’s the Vultr data center that supported the new high frequency instances.

Overview

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Location New York 1 Virginia, Zone A Newark, NJ Chicago 1 New York (NJ)
RAM 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB
CPU 1 Core 1 Core 1 Core 1 Core 1 Core
Storage 25 GB SSD 40 GB SSD 25 GB SSD 25 GB SSD 32 GB NVMe
Transfer 1 TB 2 TB 1 TB 1 TB 1 TB
Base Price $5/month $5/month $5/month $5/month $6/month
Backups $1/month Included $2/month $0.06/GB $1.20/month
Transfer Overage $0.01/GB $0.09/GB $0.02/GB $0.056/GB $0.01/GB
Load Balancer $10/month $18/month $10/month N/A N/A

CPU Info

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
CPU MHz 2294.61 2398.21 2500.00 2999.99 3792.00
Cache Size (KB) 25344.00 30720.00 16384.00 16384.00 16384.00
BogoMips 3059.67 3200.33 3333.00 3999.67 5056.33

CPU

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Events per Second 962.57 862.13 671.88 1056.61 1326.61
Minimum (ms) 0.92 1.05 1.24 0.91 0.74
Average (ms) 1.05 1.16 1.55 0.95 0.75
Maximum (ms) 4.76 1.80 20.54 3.04 2.29

Memory (Read)

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Ops per Second 3826077.84 826451.83 2570694.61 4408247.54 5389794.26
Minimum (ms) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Average (ms) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Maximum (ms) 1.83 1.90 19.81 2.93 1.55

Memory (Write)

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Ops per Second 3846968.16 825357.64 2694374.78 4396213.81 5413351.61
Minimum (ms) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Average (ms) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Maximum (ms) 2.99 1.08 16.31 2.42 1.44

File I/O

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Reads per Second 1019.39 1301.29 1022.06 3689.44 4985.58
Writes per Second 679.57 867.54 681.34 2459.60 3323.70
Fsyncs per Second 2170.19 2770.91 2170.38 7861.80 10630.49
Minimum (ms) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Average (ms) 0.29 0.20 0.62 0.07 0.05
Maximum (ms) 31.89 11.60 53.30 7.46 3.26

MySQL

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Transactions per Second 1711.33 2214.67 1679.67 4241.67 6371.33
Queries per Second 34226.67 44293.33 33593.33 84833.33 127426.67
Minimum (ms) 2.03 2.42 3.04 1.62 1.21
Average (ms) 6.51 4.53 16.72 2.36 1.57
Maximum (ms) 282.77 36.26 385.04 25.84 14.35

Redis

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
PING_INLINE 55943.32 56402.87 32284.92 66879.25 63438.60
PING_BULK 54206.55 55942.85 34044.87 66026.28 63079.04
SET 54051.97 56378.98 30405.91 66882.39 63803.63
GET 50844.48 56075.45 29490.34 66630.40 63859.51
INCR 53050.26 56232.50 33640.56 66463.77 63763.35
LPUSH 53264.27 54808.84 34887.06 67269.99 64427.61
RPUSH 54746.99 55583.56 31433.06 67289.54 64735.00
LPOP 53956.98 55645.72 31790.55 65941.98 64346.10
RPOP 56712.86 56005.77 32003.94 64679.27 64593.60
SADD 55955.49 56413.27 32421.09 64699.20 64805.88
HSET 52579.00 54530.07 28868.29 66008.63 64951.40
SPOP 52497.87 56204.79 33743.38 65132.67 64388.30
LRANGE_100 (first 100 elements) 29121.21 30178.07 17174.31 33329.59 39304.99
LRANGE_300 (first 300 elements) 12905.37 11734.52 7077.29 13209.16 17160.01
LRANGE_500 (first 500 elements) 8559.31 8226.72 4722.25 9204.87 12477.33
LRANGE_600 (first 600 elements) 6912.31 6556.58 3560.55 7189.39 9866.45
MSET (10 keys) 48366.78 40839.24 30123.81 46870.44 56327.62

Speed Test

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Distance (km) 2435.00 2090.30 2397.72 1575.67 2415.42
Latency (ms) 45.650 80.049 49.842 41.387 48.373
Download (Mbit/s) 1380.05 163.61 81.59 147.67 1428.46
Upload (Mbit/s) 462.93 49.09 321.36 463.87 565.73

Apache Benchmark (against nginx on the servers)

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Requests per Second 179.28 163.24 182.63 194.69 175.79
Time per Request (ms) (mean) 2809.96 3082.49 2738.75 2568.92 2844.48
Transfer Rate (Kbyte/sec) 150.39 136.93 153.20 163.32 147.46

Conclusion

With the exception of the Redis benchmarks and the Apache benchmarks (which are always somewhat anecdotal), the new high frequency instances from Vultr absolutely crushed it in every other category.

For only a buck more per month, Vultr’s new high frequency instances get you more storage, CPU clock speed, raw performance as well as Vultr’s speedy network (which seems to be back to peak performance).

As always, these benchmarks don’t necessarily simulate real world situations. It’s always good to weigh out your own technical needs and pick a host that matches that.

If you found this post helpful, it would be greatly appreciated if you used one of my referral links below:

  • DigitalOcean, new accounts receive $10 in credit.
  • Lightsail, no promotion for $5 plans, but you can snag the $3.50 plan for 1 month free (up to 750 hours)
  • Linode, use code LINODE10 for $10 in credit.
  • UpCloud, new accounts receive $25 in credit.
  • Vultr, new accounts receive $50 in credit.




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