Akamai vs LayerStack

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We have tested 12 VPS plans from Akamai and LayerStack. We'll show which one is best based on a detailed performance analysis, on features and prices.


Akamai

Akamai

Akamai was founded as a VPS provider in 2003.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Singapore
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

LayerStack

LayerStack

LayerStack was founded as a VPS provider in 2017.
It is headquartered in Singapore.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • United States

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
Shared 1GB $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Nov 09 2023
Shared 2GB $12.00 1 2.0 50 2000 Feb 11 2024
Shared 4GB $24.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Apr 15 2023
R108-TP $28.06 2 4.0 150 5000 Jan 24 2024
PRO200-HK $32.00 4 8.0 200 5000 Jun 07 2023
Dedicated 4GB $36.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Dec 25 2023
Premium 4GB $43.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Aug 09 2023
Shared 8GB $48.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Jan 31 2023
PRO300-HK $64.00 8 16.0 300 6000 Sep 12 2023
Dedicated 8GB $72.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Jun 25 2023
Premium 8GB $86.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Sep 24 2023
Shared 16GB $96.00 6 16.0 320 8000 Mar 27 2024

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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
Shared 1GB
$5.00
C E D B C
Shared 2GB
$12.00
D E D B C
Shared 4GB
$24.00
C D D B B
R108-TP
$28.06
C D C B E
PRO200-HK
$32.00
B B D A C
Dedicated 4GB
$36.00
E E E C B
Premium 4GB
$43.00
C D E B B
Shared 8GB
$48.00
C B B B B
PRO300-HK
$64.00
A A B A D
Dedicated 8GB
$72.00
C B D B B
Premium 8GB
$86.00
C C C B B
Shared 16GB
$96.00
C B B B B
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Features and Datacenters

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

Akamai LayerStack
Backups  Yes Yes
Block storage  Yes No
Object storage  Yes Yes
Load balancer  Yes Yes
DDoS protection  Yes Yes
Hourly Billing  Yes No
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  24 4
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 2
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CPUs

These are the CPUs we have seen in Akamai and LayerStack instances in the past 18 months.

Akamai LayerStack
All Akamai CPUs by plan All LayerStack CPUs by plan
AMD EPYC 7601 32-Core Processor
AMD EPYC 7642 48-Core Processor
AMD EPYC 7713 64-Core Processor
AMD EPYC 9634 84-Core Processor
AMD EPYC 9754 128-Core Processor
AMD EPYC-Milan Processor

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.

Akamai LayerStack
Consistency Score 50 61

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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

This is the average time it took to create an instance for Akamai and LayerStack from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

Akamai LayerStack
Number of instance creations in sample 10 3
Average provisioning time 75s 73s

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 Akamai and LayerStack. 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 Akamai and LayerStack. 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 Akamai and LayerStack. 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 Akamai and LayerStack. 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 Akamai and LayerStack.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Akamai and LayerStack 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 Akamai and LayerStack 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.

Throughput variations of the endurance test over 24 hours. The coefficient of variation is the standard deviation of the test throughput divided by its average value. Low variations mean that resources allocated to the server were stable for the duration of the test and there was little contention.


Ops/hour coefficient of variation

Lower is better

Review and compare endurance test results for Akamai and LayerStack on the Sustained CPU Endurance Comparison page.

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