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

Josh Sherman
22 min read
VPS Showdown

Q4 is upon us! I’ve been busy moving recently, so I’ve admittedly not been as on top of the VPS news (or my Twitter account) in the last few weeks.

That being said, it looks like Lightsail is not offering container hosting, which I’m assuming is a bit more inline with their ECS/Fargate offering, but at first glance, seemed almost like a “Kubernetes Lite”. Seems worth exploring if you’re looking for a bit more of a managed container hosting than VPS provider.

As per the usual, this month, I spun up three instances for each provider and price point. All of them are running the latest LTS release of Ubuntu, 20.04, and the results were averaged together 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 8.0.26 8.0.26 8.0.26 8.0.26 8.0.26
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 Yes No
2FA/MFA Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
One-click Apps Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Custom Images Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Kubernetes Yes Yes Yes No in beta
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 - Instance #1 AMD EPYC 7601 32-Core Processor
Linode - Instance #2 AMD EPYC 7542 32-Core Processor
Linode - Instance #3 AMD EPYC 7601 32-Core Processor
UpCloud - All Instances AMD EPYC 7542 32-Core Processor
Vultr - All Instances Intel Core Processor (Broadwell, no TSX, IBRS)
  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
CPU MHz 2,427.60 2,400.09 2,433.33 2,894.56 2,400.00
Cache Size (KB) 4,096.00 30,720.00 512.00 512.00 16,384.00
BogoMips 3,192.67 3,200.33 2,933.00 3,859.67 3,199.67

CPU

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Events per Second 864.98 762.49 1,336.42 1,645.78 750.47
Minimum (ms) 1.00 1.22 0.69 0.58 1.19
Average (ms) 1.17 1.31 0.76 0.61 1.33
Maximum (ms) 8.36 1.99 5.13 1.84 9.83

Memory

Read

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Ops per Second 3,572,018.32 525,094.90 3,257,610.27 5,443,740.64 3,160,149.98
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) 8.85 0.26 4.74 0.25 1.89

Write

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Ops per Second 3,840,755.16 524,840.22 3,245,071.85 5,458,895.55 3,412,058.63
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) 2.61 0.23 4.38 0.26 4.17

File I/O

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Reads per Second 1,475.64 936.80 1,872.29 2,676.67 1,603.73
Writes per Second 983.77 624.53 1,248.18 1,784.44 1,069.17
Fsyncs per Second 3,155.77 2,000.04 4,001.13 5,715.05 3,427.93
Minimum (ms) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Average (ms) 0.22 0.29 0.14 0.10 0.16
Maximum (ms) 15.82 13.30 24.53 4.59 9.63

MySQL

Read Only

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Transactions per Second 4,785.67 5,033.33 4,740.33 8,681.00 4,252.00
Queries per Second 76,570.67 80,533.33 75,845.33 138,896.00 68,032.00
Minimum (ms) 1.51 1.71 1.45 0.95 1.73
Average (ms) 2.13 1.98 2.25 1.15 2.36
Maximum (ms) 18.57 42.41 61.87 7.34 17.32

Write Only

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Transactions per Second 2,661.67 1,518.33 3,536.00 4,307.67 2,575.00
Queries per Second 15,970.00 9,110.00 21,216.00 25,846.00 15,450.00
Minimum (ms) 2.01 3.37 1.26 1.37 1.80
Average (ms) 7.63 6.70 3.41 2.32 3.90
Maximum (ms) 36.90 48.14 26.37 13.56 24.00

Read Write

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
Transactions per Second 1,184.67 982.67 1,682.33 2,560.33 1,382.33
Queries per Second 23,693.33 19,653.33 33,646.67 51,206.67 27,646.67
Minimum (ms) 4.75 5.70 3.65 2.55 4.24
Average (ms) 11.81 10.67 7.11 3.92 7.26
Maximum (ms) 44.44 128.74 37.39 20.63 25.75

Redis

  DigitalOcean Lightsail Linode UpCloud Vultr
PING_INLINE 34,561.34 46,119.22 57,858.22 64,416.79 30,676.99
PING_BULK 32,585.28 45,865.34 55,723.43 61,405.69 27,607.51
SET 33,691.80 45,815.56 57,132.42 65,205.86 31,067.69
GET 32,942.03 45,766.73 53,910.09 63,533.23 32,357.03
INCR 36,212.92 45,436.86 56,634.37 64,378.15 33,026.75
LPUSH 36,571.11 46,448.13 47,823.12 68,459.30 34,695.14
RPUSH 37,028.23 46,239.52 49,486.92 67,737.06 34,698.65
LPOP 38,758.21 46,214.85 49,358.87 68,829.50 33,154.90
RPOP 38,661.11 46,177.15 52,368.67 67,438.36 31,309.55
SADD 36,448.16 45,503.80 56,497.52 64,806.34 29,638.20
HSET 34,827.98 46,397.70 50,105.15 68,495.53 32,705.29
SPOP 37,655.37 45,899.91 55,608.24 62,586.22 32,129.37
LRANGE_100 (first 100 elements) 20,856.34 29,433.81 24,200.93 30,885.21 22,669.87
LRANGE_300 (first 300 elements) 9,459.97 13,014.65 8,315.62 11,658.76 8,588.99
LRANGE_500 (first 500 elements) 6,329.31 9,196.73 5,977.94 9,131.08 6,599.13
LRANGE_600 (first 600 elements) 5,353.34 6,990.77 4,970.43 7,516.66 5,264.59
MSET (10 keys) 25,231.35 37,756.03 25,993.60 64,153.95 27,286.83

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

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 8.0.26 8.0.26 8.0.26
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 in beta
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 - Instance #1 AMD EPYC-Rome Processor
Vultr - High Frequency - Instance #2 Intel Core Processor (Skylake, IBRS)
Vultr - High Frequency - Instance #3 Intel Core Processor (Skylake, IBRS)
  DigitalOcean - Premium Intel DigitalOcean - Premium AMD Vultr - High Frequency
CPU MHz 2,494.12 1,997.50 3,628.48
Cache Size (KB) 4,096.00 512.00 11,093.33
BogoMips 3,325.67 2,664.00 4,792.67

CPU

  DigitalOcean - Premium Intel DigitalOcean - Premium AMD Vultr - High Frequency
Events per Second 836.19 1,386.88 2,459.95
Minimum (ms) 0.95 0.64 0.50
Average (ms) 1.21 0.72 0.52
Maximum (ms) 9.39 1.93 3.31

Memory

Read

  DigitalOcean - Premium Intel DigitalOcean - Premium AMD Vultr - High Frequency
Ops per Second 3,906,082.22 4,163,261.19 6,928,544.04
Minimum (ms) 0.00 0.00 0.00
Average (ms) 0.00 0.00 0.00
Maximum (ms) 7.10 2.18 0.90

Write

  DigitalOcean - Premium Intel DigitalOcean - Premium AMD Vultr - High Frequency
Ops per Second 3,631,375.46 4,409,127.48 6,919,685.69
Minimum (ms) 0.00 0.00 0.00
Average (ms) 0.00 0.00 0.00
Maximum (ms) 9.90 0.92 0.77

File I/O

  DigitalOcean - Premium Intel DigitalOcean - Premium AMD Vultr - High Frequency
Reads per Second 1,627.77 1,822.89 4,962.00
Writes per Second 1,085.18 1,215.26 3,307.98
Fsyncs per Second 3,480.43 3,891.47 10,590.86
Minimum (ms) 0.00 0.00 0.00
Average (ms) 0.16 0.14 0.05
Maximum (ms) 11.26 8.84 4.25

MySQL

Read Only

  DigitalOcean - Premium Intel DigitalOcean - Premium AMD Vultr - High Frequency
Transactions per Second 4,293.00 5,198.67 10,250.67
Queries per Second 68,688.00 83,178.67 164,010.67
Minimum (ms) 1.36 1.40 0.80
Average (ms) 2.39 1.95 0.98
Maximum (ms) 17.06 13.44 7.62

Write Only

  DigitalOcean - Premium Intel DigitalOcean - Premium AMD Vultr - High Frequency
Transactions per Second 2,255.67 4,231.00 10,502.00
Queries per Second 13,534.00 25,386.00 63,012.00
Minimum (ms) 1.46 1.00 0.53
Average (ms) 4.67 2.36 0.95
Maximum (ms) 34.94 20.74 27.52

Read Write

  DigitalOcean - Premium Intel DigitalOcean - Premium AMD Vultr - High Frequency
Transactions per Second 1,096.67 1,763.67 4,571.00
Queries per Second 21,933.33 35,273.33 91,420.00
Minimum (ms) 3.89 3.04 1.46
Average (ms) 10.31 5.76 2.19
Maximum (ms) 68.09 107.87 16.31

Redis

  DigitalOcean - Premium Intel DigitalOcean - Premium AMD Vultr - High Frequency
PING_INLINE 35,340.13 67,505.54 79,078.64
PING_BULK 35,192.55 61,217.93 79,693.07
SET 34,147.79 59,674.98 81,149.72
GET 32,426.24 64,395.15 77,358.60
INCR 34,002.39 70,349.46 79,418.35
LPUSH 34,257.75 63,562.58 85,193.69
RPUSH 35,517.98 68,218.34 82,988.97
LPOP 35,662.76 65,960.10 82,423.63
RPOP 36,228.40 67,357.58 82,602.84
SADD 36,660.18 71,925.16 78,795.08
HSET 35,476.25 66,075.10 82,428.01
SPOP 35,602.80 73,219.70 78,490.22
LRANGE_100 (first 100 elements) 19,921.24 30,241.94 45,230.99
LRANGE_300 (first 300 elements) 10,149.40 12,620.99 19,081.54
LRANGE_500 (first 500 elements) 6,552.57 8,504.68 13,544.66
LRANGE_600 (first 600 elements) 5,620.41 6,475.12 10,910.99
MSET (10 keys) 32,033.09 33,105.35 63,800.91

Conclusion

Not a ton of surprises this month with the results. Friendly reminder that you should always spin up multiple instances when setting up a new box to ensure you’re on the latest hardware. Some of the providers are hiding the processor information, so running your own benchmarks and factoring in your own needs is an absolutely must.

If you did happen to find this post helpful in your search for a new hosting provider, please use one of my referral links below to help a guy out :)

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