Figured for my final VPS Showdown of 2019, to go back to where it all began with a $10 Showdown post.
Since last month, Linode has released their own flavor of “Object Storage” so I thought it would be good to start including some additional products in the overview section.
Since the pricing of everybody’s Object Storage offerings varied so much and can be quite involved, I simply listed whether or now the product was available or not.
Same deal with managed databases, which isn’t nearly as prevalent as a product offering and in my opinion starts to paint a picture that some VPS providers are trying to compete more with AWS/Azure/Google Cloud than with other VPS providers.
As per usual, I spun up 3 instances with each provider at the specified price point ($12 for Vultr since their High Frequency plans are so much better than their standard offering). Each instance is running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and the results are averaged together.
|Location||New York 1||Virginia, Zone A||Newark, NJ||Chicago 1||New Jersey|
|RAM||2 GB||2 GB||2 GB||2 GB||2 GB|
|CPU||1 Core||1 Core||1 Core||1 Core||1 Core|
|Storage||50 GB SSD||60 GB SSD||50 GB SSD||50 GB SSD||64GB NVMe|
|Transfer||2 TB||3 TB||2 TB||2 TB||2 TB|
Usually Lightsail is the front runner when it comes to both transfer and storage, even against Vultr’s slightly higher priced tier. While this is still the case at the $5 price point, once you move up to $10 Vultr squeaks by with a bit more storage.
Linode was a bit later to the part in regard to Object Storage, but considering UpCloud currently doesn’t offer it at all, it’s better late than never. I’ve mentioned it before, even though Linode tends to be a bit behind in regard to their feature set, they always catch up, and tend to come out quite strong when they do.
Managed databases are still a bit lacking across the board. DigitalOcean is definitely positioning themselves to be a solid AWS alternative when it comes to their managed offerings.
|Cache Size (KB)||28928.00||30720.00||11093.33||16384.00||16384.00|
Nothing too shocking here, Vultr’s High Frequency instances have consistently boasted higher CPU clocks.
What’s really interesting is that both Lightsail and Linode clocked in at such even numbers. That tends to be a good indication that ALL of the instances I spun up had the same exact specs.
I’ve mentioned it in the past, it’s always worth it to spin up multiple servers with a provider as you will probably end up with slightly different rolls depending on which physical host you end up on.
|Events per Second||855.49||864.68||933.91||1197.50||1334.14|
Actually a bit surprised here as Lightsail is pretty much always in the last place position for CPU events per second.
Looking back at previous months, it’s interesting to see that nearly all of the providers performed about the same as they did at the lower price point.
|Ops per Second||3449456.87||820377.89||3408382.62||4752188.36||5477554.06|
Vultr not only put up killer ops per second, but also boasted a considerably lower maximum operation time than the rest.
|Ops per Second||3442023.86||822935.83||3476763.65||4802455.21||5489945.21|
Fairly consistent results when writing to memory as we saw with reading from memory.
|Reads per Second||1336.68||1493.42||1589.91||4961.09||6906.06|
|Writes per Second||891.12||995.58||1059.92||3307.39||4604.03|
|Fsyncs per Second||2844.56||3181.03||3382.92||10577.76||14728.71|
Not surprising to see Vultr take this category as well, seeing as they are offering up NVMe for their High Frequency plans.
Yet another category where DigitalOcean and Linode seem to be under performing their $5 counterparts.
|Transactions per Second||1631.00||2178.33||2455.67||5602.00||6357.00|
|Queries per Second||32620.00||43566.67||49113.33||112040.00||127140.00|
MySQL stats usually marries up with how the file I/O performs. Nothing shocking here.
|LRANGE_100 (first 100 elements)||22550.57||29483.32||21807.45||40009.34||36882.51|
|LRANGE_300 (first 300 elements)||9720.49||11549.69||9032.51||16604.67||16488.05|
|LRANGE_500 (first 500 elements)||7046.98||8153.16||5871.80||11274.26||11916.15|
|LRANGE_600 (first 600 elements)||5827.72||6514.03||4624.98||8565.44||9524.82|
|MSET (10 keys)||34448.82||39355.52||37957.77||58336.60||56706.35|
This one’s been perplexing me for a while now. Even though Vultr excels in nearly every category, UpCloud has consistently outperformed everybody in this particular category.
Redis is an in-memory data store, so I would think this would marry up with the memory reads and writes. Since it doesn’t, my only other thought is that because Redis is single-threaded that perhaps, even though Vultr has a “better” CPU that it’s being throttled differently under the load than UpCloud is.
This (and the Apache Benchmarks) tend to be high controversial. This month is no exception as Vultr (usually a front runner) fell down to the crappy speeds that Lightsail has consistently offered up.
Apache Benchmark (against
nginx on the servers)
|Requests per Second||298.57||185.59||300.83||298.08||300.75|
|Time per Request (ms) (mean)||1674.84||2983.42||1662.06||1677.38||1663.46|
|Transfer Rate (Kbyte/sec)||250.46||155.68||252.36||250.05||252.29|
More controversial still, since my own Internet provider and home network factor
in heavily, are the results from
That said, Linode’s actually been fairly consistent in out performing the rest of the pack, even if Vultr does boast the faster network. I think this month is too close to call though, as the differences ended up being a tenths of a second.
Extremely impressed with the seeming consistency of Vultr’s maximum operation times across most of the benchmarks. Granted, if you’re more interested in managed services offerings, DigitalOcean’s still the clear pick.
As always, it’s highly recommended that you do your own research and run your own benchmarks on the provider / data center / price point you’re interest in running your application on.
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