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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 […]

VPS $5 Showdown - October 2018 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. Vultr

After many months of enduring inquiries about why I was no longer including Amazon’s Lightsail VPS offering, I’m giving up in and including it in the mix again. Originally it was dropped because they don’t currently offer Ubuntu 18.04 LTS which I was doing my benchmarks against. For me personally, […]

VPS Showdown - Distro Edition - September 2018 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. Vultr

As I sat down to research which distro I would have to use to be able to start including Amazon’s Lightsail service back into these reviews, I thought “ya know Josh, you never did do a distro showdown post like you’ve been talking about” And here we are. The following […]

VPS Showdown - 16GB - August 2018 - DigitalOcean vs. Linode vs. Vultr

It’s that time again! This month I decided to compare some higher end 16GB servers instead of the usual $5 to $10 dollar instances. Each costing only $80 per month, these servers have a ton of bang for the buck and should be more than enough for even a high […]

$5 VPS Showdown - July 2018 - DigitalOcean vs. Linode vs. Vultr

Bit late with this month’s post, been a crazy month for me! Since last month, DigitalOcean has released Projects which doesn’t really affect these benchmarks, but is notable because the concept of grouping servers has been something that both Linode and Vultr have had in some capacity for a while […]

$10 VPS Showdown - June 2018 - DigitalOcean vs. Linode vs. Vultr

It’s already that time again! This month, I’m comparing $10 VPS offerings instead of the smaller $5 plans. Linode recently upgraded all of their “standard” plans and I wasn’t entirely sure if their $5 instance, deemed a “Nanode” qualified as standard. Didn’t help that their blog post announcing the resource […]

$5 VPS Showdown - May 2018 - DigitalOcean vs. Linode vs. Vultr

Switching it up yet again on y’all! This month, we’re back to looking at those east coast data centers, but also, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is out and this is my first set of metrics run on the latest long term release of Ubuntu. Sadly though, sysbench was throwing shade while […]

$5 VPS Showdown - April 2018 - DigitalOcean vs. Linode vs. Vultr - West Coast Edition

This month I’m switching it up and comparing servers on the west coast, specifically in or around the San Francisco area. Also, I’m going back to only comparing 5 buck instances in the hope that it will free up a bit more time in the future so I can add […]

VPS Showdown: DIY Edition

My very first “Linode vs. DigitalOcean” post dates back to a simpler time back in February of 2013. Over the past 5 years of doing these posts, the benchmarks have evolved and subjectively “improved”. Now I used to post the commands I was running with each benchmark but since I […]

DigitalOcean flexible droplets compared

Switching it up this month. DigitalOcean recently released flexible plans at 15$ per droplet and I thought it would be fun to dig a bit deeper into them instead of just doing a side by side comparison of the different providers. These droplets come in three varieties: 1 GB of […]

VPS Showdown - January 2018 - DigitalOcean vs. Linode vs. Vultr

As promised, I am trying to get a new VPS Showdown post out on a monthly basis. I wasn’t sure if I was going to do them at the beginning of each month or not, but I am glad I waited as DigitalOcean shook things up by doubling their RAM […]

VPS Showdown - December 2017 - DigitalOcean vs. Linode vs. Vultr

It’s about that time again, folks! Based on the feedback I’ve received on previous “VPS Showdown” posts, I’ve changed a few things up! First off, I’m offering up data on both the $5 and $20 price points to paint a decent picture of how things can scale up on a […]

$5 Showdown: Linode vs. DigitalOcean vs. Amazon Lightsail vs. Vultr - July 2017

Damn Josh, back at it again with the VPS comparison! It’s been a little more than 6 months since my last comparison post and a lot of the recent feedback has been to refresh the data a bit more regularly. The other major bit of feedback has been to include […]

$5 Showdown: Linode vs. DigitalOcean vs. Amazon Lightsail vs. Vultr

Updated on March 6th, 2017 since Vultr has updated their $5 offering. The data tables have been updated and the applicable sections have updates near the end of the section. Usually I wait to run fresh benchmarks on all providers, but the comments section has been blowing up about Vultr’s […]