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Never a dull moment in the world of VPS providers. In the past month, DigitalOcean switched up their C-suite and Linode opened up a data center in Mumbai, India.
I’m switching things up a bit as well, bringing things back to the east coast. Well mostly, since not everybody has a New York-based data center.
I’ve also left the slightly more expensive high frequency instance on the comparison. Since it performed so well last month for a trivial amount more per month, I was curious if it would stack up again this month.
As always, I’ve built out three servers with each provider, running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. The results are an average of the results from each of the instances.
Also, I usually don’t talk much about the support from the different providers, since I find it hard to truly test, but I did get some insight from my buddy Justin (from ReviewCycle) about his recent DigitalOcean support interaction.
He happened to have borked a configuration file that locked him out of his box (couldn’t SSH in directly, only via their console) and DigitalOcean’s support sluffed it off as him needing to enter his password in when prompted (which he wasn’t).
Took me about 5 minutes to walk him though some SSH configuration stuff, after a day of back and forth with DigitalOcean’s support.
|Location||New York City 1||Virginia, Zone A||Newark, NJ||Chicago #1||New Jersey|
|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|
|Cache Size (KB)||30720.00||30720.00||16384.00||16384.00||16384.00|
|Events per Second||744.64||863.31||746.46||1073.58||1311.61|
|Ops per Second||2995704.71||824115.01||3287071.06||4518478.03||5352398.30|
|Ops per Second||2992589.12||824752.56||3268418.59||4571707.28||5380630.02|
|Reads per Second||1539.46||1243.71||1847.02||3511.00||4928.12|
|Writes per Second||1026.27||829.14||1231.34||2340.66||3285.35|
|Fsyncs per Second||3275.67||2649.21||3933.88||7482.26||10506.72|
|Transactions per Second||2559.00||2238.33||2817.33||4507.67||6430.67|
|Queries per Second||51180.00||44766.67||56346.67||90153.33||128613.33|
|LRANGE_100 (first 100 elements)||15551.30||30063.38||19990.79||35386.74||39119.30|
|LRANGE_300 (first 300 elements)||6697.52||11986.61||8296.46||14060.53||17259.02|
|LRANGE_500 (first 500 elements)||4823.05||8431.73||5610.11||9949.41||12454.93|
|LRANGE_600 (first 600 elements)||3847.19||6696.60||4546.09||8090.43||9956.44|
|MSET (10 keys)||25943.18||40303.53||35170.02||53311.16||55964.83|
Apache Benchmark (against
nginx on the servers)
|Requests per Second||157.73||170.25||186.28||171.76||171.76|
|Time per Request (ms) (mean)||3177.86||2941.56||2726.56||2935.01||2937.44|
|Transfer Rate (Kbyte/sec)||132.30||142.82||156.26||144.08||144.08|
Lightsail still stacks up best if you’re looking for the raw product offering, but Vultr’s high frequency instance stomped the competition in nearly every category.
The big exception being Redis, where UpCloud stole the show for the majority of the operations that were run. UpCloud also had some of the lowest latency during the speed tests.
Not to be forgotten, DigitalOcean put up a great showing overall and Linode put up some great numbers during this month’s Apache Benchmarks.
As always, you should weigh our your personal needs and do your own independent research and benchmarks when choosing your hosting provider.
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