VPS Showdown - June 2021 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

Josh Sherman
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Have had some requests for some comparisons of different plans (like the dedicated CPU offerings) and different price points, but considering it’s the last month of the quarter, I figured I would just stay the course and stick to the same comparisons as I’ve done the past few months. Next month though, probably going to venture into those higher price points.

As with previous months, I’ve spun up 3 instances of the different servers with each provider in or around the New York / Newark area. All instances are running Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, and the results have been averaged where applicable.

$5 VPS Showdown - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

Overview

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Location New York 1 Virginia, Zone A Newark, NJ US-NYC1 New York (NJ)
Distro Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
Kernel 5.4.0 5.4.0 5.4.0 5.4.0 5.4.0
MySQL 8.0.25 8.0.25 8.0.25 8.0.25 8.0.25
Redis 5.0.7 5.0.7 5.0.7 5.0.7 5.0.7
Base Price $5/month $5/month $5/month $5/month $5/month
Hourly Price $0.007/hour $0.007/hour $0.0075/hour $0.007/hour $0.007/hour
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 40 GB 25 GB 25 GB 25 GB
Storage Type SSD SSD SSD SSD SSD
Transfer 1 TB 2 TB 1 TB 1 TB 1 TB
Transfer Overage $0.01/GB $0.09/GB $0.01/GB $0.01/GB $0.01/GB
Backups $1/month $2/month $2/month $1/month $1/month
DNS Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Firewall Yes Yes in beta Yes Yes
Load Balancer $10/month $18/month $10/month No $10/month
Block Storage $0.1/GB $0.1/GB $0.1/GB $0.223/GB $0.1/GB
Object Storage $5/month $0.023/GB $5/month $5/month $5/month
Managed Databases Yes Yes No No No
2FA/MFA Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
One-click Apps Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Custom Images Yes No No Yes Yes
Kubernetes Yes Yes Yes No No
Container Registry Yes Yes No No No

CPU Info

  Model Name
DigitalOcean - All Instances DO-Regular
Lightsail - All Instances Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2676 v3 @ 2.40GHz
Linode - All Instances AMD EPYC 7601 32-Core Processor
UpCloud - All Instances AMD EPYC 7542 32-Core Processor
Vultr - All Instances Intel Xeon Processor (Cascadelake)
  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
CPU MHz 1,799.30 2,400.07 2,199.99 2,894.56 2,992.97
Cache Size (KB) 4,096.00 30,720.00 512.00 512.00 16,384.00
BogoMips 2,398.33 3,200.33 2,933.00 3,859.67 3,990.33

CPU

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Events per Second 579.50 765.17 1,282.51 1,644.29 1,159.35
Minimum (ms) 1.66 1.24 0.74 0.58 0.83
Average (ms) 1.72 1.31 0.78 0.61 0.86
Maximum (ms) 3.43 1.97 7.46 1.50 3.07

Memory

Read

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Ops per Second 3,028,796.46 528,470.08 3,855,375.89 5,313,943.65 5,225,973.84
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) 1.77 0.83 4.58 0.21 3.20

Write

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Ops per Second 3,051,791.86 527,556.99 3,791,851.61 5,362,736.68 5,350,339.20
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) 0.45 1.44 4.66 2.48 0.69

File I/O

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Reads per Second 1,557.14 733.52 1,746.47 2,590.50 4,491.28
Writes per Second 1,038.08 489.00 1,164.29 1,726.96 2,994.14
Fsyncs per Second 3,331.27 1,571.30 3,734.90 5,532.60 9,584.67
Minimum (ms) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Average (ms) 0.20 0.39 0.15 0.10 0.06
Maximum (ms) 6.71 25.04 18.21 136.05 4.45

MySQL

Read Only

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Transactions per Second 3,621.67 4,836.00 4,471.33 8,655.33 7,433.67
Queries per Second 57,946.67 77,376.00 71,541.33 138,485.33 118,938.67
Minimum (ms) 2.33 1.73 1.73 0.90 1.12
Average (ms) 2.76 2.08 2.23 1.15 1.35
Maximum (ms) 16.87 94.36 17.01 7.20 8.78

Write Only

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Transactions per Second 2,433.33 1,289.33 3,321.67 4,055.33 9,340.00
Queries per Second 14,600.00 7,736.00 19,930.00 24,332.00 56,040.00
Minimum (ms) 2.38 3.99 1.30 1.36 0.64
Average (ms) 5.05 7.85 3.09 2.46 1.07
Maximum (ms) 22.36 53.49 37.00 67.87 9.93

Read Write

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Transactions per Second 1,110.00 961.00 1,559.67 2,433.00 3,517.67
Queries per Second 22,200.00 19,220.00 31,193.33 48,660.00 70,353.33
Minimum (ms) 6.19 5.86 3.70 2.53 1.93
Average (ms) 10.17 10.55 6.42 4.11 2.84
Maximum (ms) 37.61 153.69 37.23 18.52 13.85

Redis

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
PING_INLINE 31,321.81 45,279.26 53,038.87 91,612.89 54,399.38
PING_BULK 31,388.09 45,579.10 48,817.15 85,102.33 54,122.74
SET 31,746.21 45,676.67 54,116.46 93,236.28 53,711.57
GET 31,212.82 45,404.39 49,745.06 91,722.67 54,161.61
INCR 31,028.71 45,615.99 52,427.04 93,392.34 52,833.81
LPUSH 32,804.12 46,144.24 50,364.47 94,858.82 54,919.74
RPUSH 32,215.59 45,649.88 53,942.99 96,094.63 55,508.63
LPOP 31,792.49 45,779.14 51,078.38 95,333.75 56,160.31
RPOP 31,961.26 45,785.96 53,176.69 95,541.77 55,650.24
SADD 31,447.43 45,781.99 52,482.62 93,387.17 54,817.13
HSET 33,573.78 45,402.24 50,972.40 95,423.15 55,487.93
SPOP 31,178.13 45,168.32 51,004.89 90,492.90 53,441.03
LRANGE_100 (first 100 elements) 21,667.77 29,715.84 25,226.33 32,915.21 35,981.83
LRANGE_300 (first 300 elements) 8,752.40 13,050.86 8,052.69 12,226.61 14,981.38
LRANGE_500 (first 500 elements) 6,225.06 9,497.50 5,757.70 9,049.19 11,589.24
LRANGE_600 (first 600 elements) 4,692.28 7,725.40 4,715.61 7,205.90 9,426.26
MSET (10 keys) 24,675.52 37,482.70 25,601.50 47,373.31 48,912.94

$6 VPS Showdown - DigitalOcean - Premium Intel vs. DigitalOcean - Premium AMD vs. Vultr - High Frequency6 VPS Showdown

Overview

  DigitalOcean - Premium Intel DigitalOcean - Premium AMD Vultr - High Frequency
Location New York 1 New York 1 New York (NJ)
Distro Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
Kernel 5.4.0 5.4.0 5.4.0
MySQL 8.0.23 8.0.23 8.0.23
Redis 5.0.7 5.0.7 5.0.7
Base Price $6/month $6/month $6/month
Hourly Price $0.009/hour $0.009/hour $0.009/hour
RAM 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB
CPU 1 Core 1 Core 1 Core
Storage 25 GB 25 GB 25 GB
Storage Type NVMe NVMe NVMe
Transfer 1 TB 1 TB 1 TB
Transfer Overage $0.01/GB $0.01/GB $0.01/GB
Backups $1.2/month $1.2/month $1.2/month
DNS Yes Yes Yes
Firewall Yes Yes Yes
Load Balancer $10/month $10/month $10/month
Block Storage $0.1/GB $0.1/GB $0.1/GB
Object Storage $5/month $5/month $5/month
Managed Databases Yes Yes No
2FA/MFA Yes Yes Yes
One-click Apps Yes Yes Yes
Custom Images Yes Yes Yes
Kubernetes Yes Yes No
Container Registry Yes Yes No

CPU Info

  Model Name
DigitalOcean - Premium Intel - All Instances DO-Premium-Intel
DigitalOcean - Premium AMD - All Instances DO-Premium-AMD
Vultr - High Frequency - All Instances Intel Core Processor (Skylake, IBRS)
  DigitalOcean - Premium Intel DigitalOcean - Premium AMD Vultr - High Frequency
CPU MHz 2,494.11 2,000.00 3,800.02
Cache Size (KB) 4,096.00 512.00 16,384.00
BogoMips 3,325.67 2,666.33 5,135.67

CPU

  DigitalOcean - Premium Intel DigitalOcean - Premium AMD Vultr - High Frequency
Events per Second 703.82 1,304.16 1,201.75
Minimum (ms) 1.00 0.69 0.80
Average (ms) 1.42 0.77 0.83
Maximum (ms) 12.55 3.10 1.74

Memory

Read

  DigitalOcean - Premium Intel DigitalOcean - Premium AMD Vultr - High Frequency
Ops per Second 3,040,001.26 4,150,398.70 5,640,276.75
Minimum (ms) 0.00 0.00 0.00
Average (ms) 0.00 0.00 0.00
Maximum (ms) 9.83 0.43 0.35

Write

  DigitalOcean - Premium Intel DigitalOcean - Premium AMD Vultr - High Frequency
Ops per Second 3,015,517.11 4,149,695.06 5,713,067.62
Minimum (ms) 0.00 0.00 0.00
Average (ms) 0.00 0.00 0.00
Maximum (ms) 7.27 1.60 0.32

File I/O

  DigitalOcean - Premium Intel DigitalOcean - Premium AMD Vultr - High Frequency
Reads per Second 904.49 1,781.14 4,364.67
Writes per Second 602.99 1,187.43 2,909.78
Fsyncs per Second 1,930.94 3,803.58 9,316.09
Minimum (ms) 0.00 0.00 0.00
Average (ms) 0.31 0.15 0.06
Maximum (ms) 106.09 11.52 4.41

MySQL

Read Only

  DigitalOcean - Premium Intel DigitalOcean - Premium AMD Vultr - High Frequency
Transactions per Second 3,406.00 5,740.33 8,126.67
Queries per Second 54,496.00 91,845.33 130,026.67
Minimum (ms) 1.89 1.36 1.01
Average (ms) 2.93 1.75 1.23
Maximum (ms) 27.19 10.97 7.90

Write Only

  DigitalOcean - Premium Intel DigitalOcean - Premium AMD Vultr - High Frequency
Transactions per Second 1,019.00 4,211.67 8,680.00
Queries per Second 6,114.00 25,270.00 52,080.00
Minimum (ms) 2.34 0.99 0.66
Average (ms) 10.03 2.37 1.16
Maximum (ms) 56.10 17.24 9.28

Read Write

  DigitalOcean - Premium Intel DigitalOcean - Premium AMD Vultr - High Frequency
Transactions per Second 754.67 2,004.67 3,499.33
Queries per Second 15,093.33 40,093.33 69,986.67
Minimum (ms) 5.25 2.81 1.94
Average (ms) 13.44 5.03 2.87
Maximum (ms) 65.62 24.73 17.20

Redis

  DigitalOcean - Premium Intel DigitalOcean - Premium AMD Vultr - High Frequency
PING_INLINE 27,926.22 74,406.33 55,053.49
PING_BULK 26,319.03 69,982.68 53,894.11
SET 26,923.84 76,226.10 55,691.13
GET 27,076.41 74,713.18 55,566.06
INCR 26,662.02 75,894.22 55,948.75
LPUSH 27,441.24 67,680.69 57,828.93
RPUSH 27,875.79 69,406.69 57,446.24
LPOP 28,045.12 69,109.52 57,619.54
RPOP 27,042.15 67,764.32 57,746.11
SADD 27,292.80 72,691.74 56,198.25
HSET 26,637.65 66,209.80 57,122.93
SPOP 27,099.96 74,334.34 54,609.27
LRANGE_100 (first 100 elements) 15,903.82 32,205.84 38,706.26
LRANGE_300 (first 300 elements) 7,182.29 12,373.71 16,072.82
LRANGE_500 (first 500 elements) 5,145.26 8,235.09 11,018.43
LRANGE_600 (first 600 elements) 4,161.05 6,591.25 8,825.60
MSET (10 keys) 19,609.74 37,835.20 48,745.51

Conclusion

This month is interesting as it really felt like the results were a bit more all of the place than they have been in recent months. As always, these results are just my findings, and it’s always good to do your own exploration, and factor in the needs of your website or application into the decision of which VPS provider you should go with.

That said, if you did find this post helpful and you are going to pull the trigger on a new hosting provider, it would be fantastic if you’d use one of my referral links below!

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