AdvancedHosting vs IBM Cloud

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We have tested 10 VPS plans from AdvancedHosting and IBM Cloud. We'll show which one is best based on a detailed performance analysis, on features and prices.



AdvancedHosting was founded in 2015.
It is headquartered in Netherlands.
It offers VPS, Dedicated, Storage, CDN and Private Cloud hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Netherlands
  • United States

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1st Best VPS November 2021

IBM Cloud


IBM Cloud was founded in 2007.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS, Storage and Networking hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
Start S $8.00 1 2.0 20 5000 Apr 09 2021
Start M $10.00 1 4.0 40 5000 Feb 11 2022
U1.1x2 $13.93 1 2.0 25 Jul 09 2021
Start L $15.00 2 4.0 40 5000 Sep 10 2021
C1.1x1 $25.21 1 1.0 25 0 Mar 26 2022
Smart XS $30.00 4 8.0 80 20000 Jun 24 2021
U1.2x4 $30.24 2 4.0 25 Oct 12 2021
Smart S $40.00 4 16.0 160 20000 Nov 25 2021
BL2.2x4 $59.98 2 4.0 100 250 Feb 10 2021
Smart M $60.00 8 16.0 160 20000 Apr 27 2022

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Performance Grades

To summarize the performance of each VPS plan, we generated grades based on the various tests that were run: web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Each grade focuses on one aspect of the VPS speed or stability (cpu, disk IO, network IO...) and is made of one or more metrics measured during the tests.

Grades are evenly distributed between A and F. A is best, F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

How are grades calculated?

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Plan Name Web Perf Raw CPU Power Perf Stability Disk IO Perf Network Perf
Start S
Start M
Start L
Smart XS
Smart S
Smart M
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Features and Datacenters

This list is a subset of the features each provider may offer.

IBM Cloud AdvancedHosting
Backups  No Yes
Block storage  Yes Yes
Object storage  Yes Yes
Load balancer  Yes No
DDoS protection  Yes No
Hourly Billing  Yes
SSH Keys Setup  Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  6
Number of Datacenter Continents  4
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These are the CPUs we have seen in AdvancedHosting and IBM Cloud instances in the past 18 months.

All AdvancedHosting CPUs All IBM Cloud CPUs
Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6230 CPU @ 2.10GHz
Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6238 CPU @ 2.10GHz
Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6238R CPU @ 2.20GHz
Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2690 v4 @ 2.60GHz
Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6140 CPU @ 2.30GHz
Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8260 CPU @ 2.40GHz

Performance Consistency

The provider consistency score shows how much variation can be expected between 2 servers of the same type at the same provider. A high consistency score (>65) means the performance of all servers of the provider is consistent over many trials and many plans.

Providers who don't have enough data yet at VPSBenchmarks don't have a consistency score.

AdvancedHosting IBM Cloud
Consistency Score 72 42


VPS Instance Provisioning Time

This is the average time it took to create an instance for AdvancedHosting and IBM Cloud from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

AdvancedHosting IBM Cloud
Number of instance creations in sample 6 4
Average provisioning time 58s 137s

Performance in Depth...

These are some of the test results that are used to determine the grades above.

Web Response Times

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from AdvancedHosting and IBM Cloud. This is the average response time measured locally on the VPS for each plan we tested.

Local Response Time per Plan

Lower is better

Maximum HTTP Load

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from AdvancedHosting and IBM Cloud. This is the maximum rate of HTTP requests that each server handled without timing out.

Maximum HTTP request rate

Higher is better

During the Web Test, we collect response time metrics, rate metrics and CPU metrics. All of those are measured locally on the VPS running the web server. All metrics can be compared on the Web Performance Comparison page.

Sysbench CPU Performance

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of AdvancedHosting and IBM Cloud. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of AdvancedHosting and IBM Cloud. These are the Sysbench Disk IO Random Read test results:

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Sysbench test results are also available for random disk IO tests, sequential disk IO tests and memory tests.
Review and compare all Sysbench numbers on the Sysbench Comparison page for AdvancedHosting and IBM Cloud.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the AdvancedHosting and IBM Cloud VPS and we measured the speed of downloads and uploads.

The transfers involve multiple files, 10 threads and last for at least 10 seconds at maximum speed. The transfers are repeated 3 times from different servers and only the fastest transfer is reported here.

Download Speed per Plan

Higher is better

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for AdvancedHosting and IBM Cloud on the Network Transfers Comparison page.

Sustained CPU Endurance Tests

We pushed the CPU of those VPS plans hard for 24 hours straight.

This test shows how fast the VPS can go for long periods of time, how stable the performance is and it also gives clues on how overallocated the VPSs may be.

Average number of operations per hour

Higher is better

Review and compare endurance test results for AdvancedHosting and IBM Cloud on the Sustained CPU Endurance Comparison page.

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