Alibaba Cloud vs Atlantic.Net

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We have tested 11 VPS plans from Alibaba Cloud and Atlantic.Net. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


Alibaba Cloud

Alibaba Cloud was founded in 2009.
It is headquartered in China.
It offers VPS, Database, Storage and Networking hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • China
  • Germany
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • SIngapore
  • UK

Atlantic.Net

Atlantic.Net was founded in 1994.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS and Dedicated hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Canada
  • UK
  • USA

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
Starter 1GB 1 core $4.50 1 1.0 25 2000 Mar 15 2020
G2 1GB $10.00 1 1.0 40 3000 Jun 01 2020
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small $11.96 1 1.0 40 10000 Nov 15 2019
ecs.n4.small $13.66 1 2.0 20 0 Jun 30 2020
ecs-t5-c1m1-large $14.13 2 2.0 20 10000 Sep 07 2019
G2 2GB $20.00 2 2.0 80 4000 Nov 20 2019
ecs.n4.large $28.84 2 4.0 40 0 Jun 17 2019
ecs.c5.large $37.52 2 4.0 40 1000 May 07 2020
G2 4GB $40.00 2 4.0 100 5000 Feb 15 2020
ecs.g6.large $43.19 2 8.0 0 0 Jan 15 2020
G2.8GB $80.00 4 8.0 160 6000 Jan 02 2020

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?

Plan Name Web Perf Raw CPU Power Perf Stability Disk IO Perf Network Perf
Starter 1GB 1 core
$4.50
E E E D F
G2 1GB
$10.00
E E C D D
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small
$11.96
D E D D F
ecs.n4.small
$13.66
E E D E F
ecs-t5-c1m1-large
$14.13
B C E D E
G2 2GB
$20.00
E D D C D
ecs.n4.large
$28.84
B C B E E
ecs.c5.large
$37.52
C C B E F
G2 4GB
$40.00
E D D C E
ecs.g6.large
$43.19
B B B D F
G2.8GB
$80.00
E B D C D
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

This is the average time it took to create an instance for Alibaba Cloud and Atlantic.Net from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

Alibaba Cloud Atlantic.Net
Number of instance creations in sample 9 7
Provisioning time in seconds 55s 21s

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 cloud servers from Alibaba Cloud and Atlantic.Net. This is the average response time measured locally on the VPS for each plan we tested.



Local Response Time per Plan

Lower is better

Plan Average response time
Atlantic
G2 1GB 77.2ms
G2 4GB 92.0ms
G2 2GB 98.6ms
G2.8GB 117.9ms
Alibaba
ecs.g6.large 46.5ms
ecs.c5.large 58.5ms
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 62.1ms
Starter 1GB 1 core 67.5ms
ecs.n4.small 74.6ms

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 Performance

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
Atlantic
G2 1GB 357.6
G2 4GB 582.7
G2 2GB 609.3
G2.8GB 897.1
Alibaba
Starter 1GB 1 core 289.8
ecs.n4.small 319.7
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 326.7
ecs.c5.large 554.2
ecs-t5-c1m1-large 654.2
ecs.g6.large 663.7
ecs.n4.large 759.2

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
Atlantic
G2 2GB 42.0
G2 1GB 49.9
G2 4GB 54.0
G2.8GB 92.1
Alibaba
ecs-t5-c1m1-large 8.3
ecs.n4.small 8.6
Starter 1GB 1 core 10.3
ecs.c5.large 10.9
ecs.n4.large 11.2
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 12.1
ecs.g6.large 18.0

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 Atlantic.Net.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Alibaba Cloud and Atlantic.Net 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

Plan Network Download Speed
Atlantic
G2 4GB 334.6Mbps
G2.8GB 546.5Mbps
G2 1GB 548.0Mbps
G2 2GB 563.0Mbps
Alibaba
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 100.5Mbps
ecs-t5-c1m1-large 104.7Mbps
ecs.n4.small 105.9Mbps
ecs.c5.large 106.8Mbps
Starter 1GB 1 core 108.8Mbps
ecs.n4.large 110.6Mbps
ecs.g6.large 111.0Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Alibaba Cloud and Atlantic.Net 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

Plan Average ops/hour
Atlantic
G2 1GB 1082.7
G2 2GB 2255.2
G2 4GB 2271.2
G2.8GB 3296.2
Alibaba
Starter 1GB 1 core 2293.4
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 2511.6
ecs.n4.small 3082.4
ecs.n4.large 3189.7
ecs-t5-c1m1-large 3721.1
ecs.c5.large 4959.2
ecs.g6.large 5655.6

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


Remote Timings

During the entire duration of the web performance test, we collected web response times from 5 different locations in the world. The chart below reports the connection establishment time + TLS handshake latency from all 5 locations. (That excludes the time spent on the server that is already measured in web response times above and it also excludes the DNS resolution time since it is not dependent on the provider).


Remote Latency per Plan

Lower is better

Plan Average remote request duration
Atlantic
G2.8GB 333.4ms
G2 2GB 345.6ms
G2 4GB 349.0ms
Alibaba
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 342.6ms
ecs-t5-c1m1-large 350.8ms
Starter 1GB 1 core 353.0ms
ecs.c5.large 353.8ms
ecs.g6.large 356.4ms
ecs.n4.large 495.6ms

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


Features and Usability

Features not included in the VPS price of the plan will be marked as missing but they may be available for the fee.

Atlantic.Net Review Alibaba Cloud Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Mixed
DDOS Protection  No Yes
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  Builtin Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  7 19
Number of Datacenter Continents  2 4
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