VPS Showdown Articles

VPS Showdown - November 2020 - DigitalOcean vs. Linode vs. Vultr

It’s that time of the year again, new version of Ubuntu has been released! Sadly (and expectedly) both UpCloud and Amazon are slow to add the latest and greatest (albeit, not LTS) version of Ubuntu to their Linux distro offering. With that, this month I’ll be omitting both providers as […]

VPS Showdown - October 2020 - DigitalOcean vs. Linode vs. Vultr

Switching things up a bit for Spooktober (doot doot) by running some benchmarks on the CPU-centric plans. Unfortunately, Lightsail and UpCloud are lacking this sort of offering, so they are omitted this month. It’s also worth noting that even though all of the plans are touting a dedicate CPU, it’s […]

VPS Showdown - September 2020 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

Bringing things back around to the price point that I had started with many moons ago, the $20 plan. While the lower priced systems are sufficient enough for a lot of use cases, moving up to a meatier server instance can provide instant performance gains, give you better priority on […]

VPS Showdown - Germany - August 2020 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

Starting to feel like I’m taking a virtual vacation as I test out different data centers each month. This month we step into Europe to explore Frankfurt. Next month may end up taking us to Australia, but head’s up, not every provider has a data center there. Usual setup this […]

VPS Showdown - Singapore - July 2020 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

By request, we’re revisiting the Singapore data centers for this month’s VPS Showdown. Incidentally, while not part of the benchmarks currently, Linode did expand their S3-compatible Object Storage to the Singapore data center. They also turned 17 in mid-June with their usual slew of announcements, and upgrades for existing customers. […]

VPS Showdown - June 2020 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

After a few months of without Lightsail and UpCloud, it’s time to bring them back into the fold and subsequently roll back to benchmarking on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS instead of 20.04 LTS. That said, the only provide that doesn’t support the latest and greatest version of Ubuntu is Amazon Lightsail […]

VPS Showdown - Germany / Ubuntu 20.04 LTS - May 2020 - DigitalOcean vs. Linode vs. Vultr

Yes, another month’s post with less providers. For good reason though, as Ubuntu 20.04 LTS was recently released and I wanted to give it a whirl. Amazon is fairly notorious for being late to deliver new operating system releases, but the shocker was that UpCloud was also not offering up […]

VPS Showdown - April 2020 - DigitalOcean vs. Linode vs. Vultr

Yes, this month’s post actually has less providers. There’s a good reason though. This month I decided to switch it up and compare some of the “CPU”-centric instances that some of the providers are touting these days. Because Lightsail and UpCloud don’t offer plans like that (not that I could […]

VPS Showdown - March 2020 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

Was really hoping to get another provider into the mix for March, of even get some graphs / charts into the mix, but February really got away from me with life stuff. Been working my way up through the pricing tiers with the providers, and I’m not entirely sure when, […]

VPS Showdown - February 2020 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

Expanding upon last month, this month’s VPS Showdown features another, more expensive plan, at the ~$40 mark (Vultr being the outlier as their High Frequency plans are 20% more expensive, but seemingly worth it from the sheer metrics perspective). Notable changes since last month, Vultr introduced managed load balancers for […]

VPS Showdown - January 2020 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

Brand new year with a brand new VPS Showdown, and I know what you’re thinking, “Why have you not included my favorite provider into your comparisons yet”? Big reason has to do with time, while these posts have become more optimized, they still take a chunk of my time every […]

VPS Showdown - December 2019 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

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. […]

VPS Showdown - November 2019 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

Not a ton of movement since last month, other than DigitalOcean’s announcement of their memory-optimized droplets being generally available. I decided to bring things back state-side again, targeting the west coast data centers for each provider. As always, I’m using Ubuntu 18.04 LTS for the operating system and the metrics […]

VPS Showdown - Singapore - October 2019 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

One of my bigger pain points with doing these comparisons is that it’s really hard to line all of the providers in the same geographical region. Things tend to be close, but there’s always an outlier (looking at you Amazon Lightsail). With that, decided this month to switch it up […]

VPS Showdown - September 2019 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

September already! Linode was tangled up with StandardJS’s funding experiment. DigitalOcean added some new managed databases (still no MongoDB). Nothing else to report from the other providers, but honestly, month to month, most of the other providers don’t usually have a ton of movement. Sticking to previous months, I’m including […]

VPS Showdown - August 2019 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

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 […]

VPS Showdown - July 2019 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

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 […]

VPS Showdown - June 2019 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

Wow, pretty big news week for DigitalOcean last week, after some strongly worded accusations about ruining somebody’s business. If we learned anything, it’s that off-site backups are an absolute must, especially if you’re serving Fortune 500 companies and/or providing SLAs. Okay, now that I got that out of the way, […]

VPS Showdown - May 2019 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

Changing it up a bit this month. No new providers have been added, but by request, I’ve moved the entire operation overseas to test out data centers in London. Incidentally, every provider covered has a data center that’s actually in London so there’s no concession on location by having to […]

VPS Showdown - April 2019 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

No April foolin’ here, it’s a new month AND I’ve added another provider to the mix, UpCloud. Based on the fact that UpCloud doesn’t currently have a New York data center at this time, I went ahead and opted to pick west coast data centers for each of the providers. […]

$5 VPS Showdown - March 2019 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. Vultr

New month, new batch of benchmarks! An FYI for the folks that send me requests to include different providers, I want you to know that you are heard I’m feeling like I’ve optimized my workflow enough that adding in a new provider or two soon wouldn’t take much additional time, […]

$5 VPS Showdown - February 2019 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. Vultr

It’s about that time again! Even though the last week has been pretty hectic with travel, I’m still trying hard to make sure these VPS comparisons are showing up on the first Monday of the month (which lines up with my usual blogging schedule). Seems the 5 buck pricing tier […]

$5 VPS Showdown - January 2019 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. Vultr

New year, new set of benchmarks. Decided to start the year off with a comparison at the 5 dollar tier. Best as I can tell, this price point tends to be a favorite so I’m probably going to stick with it this year. Either that or every month moving up […]

VPS Support Showdown - December 2018 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. Vultr

Aside from requests to include insert your favorite VPS here, the top request I receive about these VPS Showdowns is to compare the support of each provider. I’ve always hated this idea for a few reasons. First, I think it’s a pretty hard to quantify metric. What is being compared? […]

VPS $3.50 Showdown - November 2018 - Lightsail vs. Vultr

Before you go commenting on the obvious, let me go ahead and clear the air a bit. First off, yes, DigitalOcean and Linode are purposefully omitted from this comparison because they lack of a $3.50 tier. Second, yes, I’m aware there are other providers that offer $3.50 pricing tiers. Most […]