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Alibaba Cloud vs Aruba Cloud

Alibaba Cloud
Aruba Cloud

Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
Aruba Cloud Cloud VPS Medium €3.50 1 2.0 40 5000 Apr 16 2019
Alibaba Cloud 1GB 1 core $4.50 1 1.0 40 1000 Feb 10 2019
Alibaba Cloud ecs.t5-lc1m1.small $10.08 1 1.0 40 10000 Nov 16 2018
Aruba Cloud Cloud VPS Large €12.50 2 4.0 80 12000 Oct 22 2018
Alibaba Cloud ecs-t5-c1m1-large $25.00 2 2.0 20 10000 Sep 09 2018
Aruba Cloud Cloud VPS XLarge €25.00 4 8.0 160 25000 Jan 17 2019
Alibaba Cloud ecs.c5.large $63.00 2 4.0 20 1000 Apr 08 2019

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 (cpu, disk IO, network IO...) and can be made of one or more of the metrics generated during the tests.

Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

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

How are grades calculated?

Plan Name Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
Alibaba Cloud 1GB 1 core C E B E E
Alibaba Cloud ecs-t5-c1m1-large A C C D E
Alibaba Cloud ecs.c5.large B C B E E
Alibaba Cloud ecs.t5-lc1m1.small D F E E E
Aruba Cloud Cloud VPS Large B D B D D
Aruba Cloud Cloud VPS Medium E F C D D
Aruba Cloud Cloud VPS XLarge B B A B D
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In Depth...

The grades above are based on the following test results.


Web Response Times

We ran a database intensive web application with ~100,000 hits per day for several days on VPSs from Alibaba Cloud and Aruba 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

Provider Plan Average response time
Alibaba 1GB 1 core 84.0ms
Alibaba ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 68.0ms
Alibaba ecs-t5-c1m1-large 55.0ms
Alibaba ecs.c5.large 65.0ms
Aruba Cloud VPS Medium 97.0ms
Aruba Cloud VPS Large 75.0ms
Aruba Cloud VPS XLarge 75.0ms


During the Web Test, we collect response time metrics, CPU metrics and database performance 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 Performances

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


Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
Alibaba 1GB 1 core 317.5
Alibaba ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 328.4
Alibaba ecs-t5-c1m1-large 657.6
Alibaba ecs.c5.large 556.0
Aruba Cloud VPS Medium 244.1
Aruba Cloud VPS Large 511.0
Aruba Cloud VPS XLarge 971.7


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 Alibaba Cloud and Aruba Cloud.


Remote Timings

During the whole duration of the web performance test, we collected web response times from 5 different locations in the world. The chart below reports the average connection + TLS handshake latency from all 5 locations.

Note: Remote timings may not be available for all plans.

Remote Latency per Plan

Lower is better

Provider Plan Average remote request duration
Alibaba 1GB 1 core 504.4ms
Alibaba ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 335.0ms
Alibaba ecs-t5-c1m1-large 450.8ms
Alibaba ecs.c5.large 508.0ms
Aruba Cloud VPS Medium 527.6ms
Aruba Cloud VPS Large 551.8ms
Aruba Cloud VPS XLarge 550.4ms

Detailed remote timings measurements including connection time, TLS handshake time, and response time can be compared for Alibaba Cloud and Aruba Cloud on the Remote Timings Comparison page.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Alibaba Cloud and Aruba 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

Provider Plan Network Download Speed
Alibaba 1GB 1 core 317.7Mbps
Alibaba ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 80.9Mbps
Alibaba ecs-t5-c1m1-large 114.8Mbps
Alibaba ecs.c5.large 109.9Mbps
Aruba Cloud VPS Medium 673.2Mbps
Aruba Cloud VPS Large 796.4Mbps
Aruba Cloud VPS XLarge 775.3Mbps

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


Sustained CPU Endurance Tests

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

This kind of tests 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 are.

Note: Endurance metrics may not be available for all plans.

Average number of operations per hour

Higher is better

Provider Plan Average ops/hour
Alibaba 1GB 1 core 1435.6
Alibaba ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 957.9
Alibaba ecs-t5-c1m1-large 3185.5
Alibaba ecs.c5.large 4873.6
Aruba Cloud VPS Medium 1113.5
Aruba Cloud VPS Large 2089.8
Aruba Cloud VPS XLarge 4436.4

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


Features and Usability

Features not included in the VPS price in plans tested at vpsbenchmarks.com will be marked as missing.

Alibaba Cloud Review Aruba Cloud Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  Yes Yes
Backups  Yes Yes
Control Panel  Custom Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  19 8
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 1





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