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Alibaba Cloud vs Clouding.io

Alibaba Cloud
Clouding.io

This page was updated with new data on June 21 2019.


Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
Alibaba Cloud 1GB 1 core $4.50 1 1.0 40 1000 Feb 10 2019
Clouding.io 2GB 1 core €8.00 1 2.0 30 2000 Mar 16 2019
Alibaba Cloud ecs.t5-lc1m1.small $10.08 1 1.0 40 10000 Nov 16 2018
Clouding.io 4GB 2 cores €16.00 2 4.0 60 2000 Jan 14 2019
Alibaba Cloud ecs-t5-c1m1-large $25.00 2 2.0 20 10000 Sep 09 2018
Clouding.io 8GB 4 cores €30.00 4 8.0 100 2000 Oct 15 2018
Alibaba Cloud ecs.n4.large $38.88 2 4.0 40 0 Jun 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 C E E
Clouding.io 2GB 1 core B E B D D
Alibaba Cloud ecs.t5-lc1m1.small D F E E E
Clouding.io 4GB 2 cores A B B D D
Alibaba Cloud ecs-t5-c1m1-large A C C D E
Clouding.io 8GB 4 cores B A B D C
Alibaba Cloud ecs.n4.large B C B D E
Alibaba Cloud ecs.c5.large B C B D E
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Alibaba Cloud Clouding.io
Number of instance creations in sample 4 2
Provisioning time in seconds 85s 37s

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 Clouding.io. 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.n4.large 66.0ms
Alibaba ecs.c5.large 65.0ms
CloudingIo 2GB 1 core 65.0ms
CloudingIo 4GB 2 cores 59.0ms
CloudingIo 8GB 4 cores 63.0ms

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 Clouding.io. 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.n4.large 759.2
Alibaba ecs.c5.large 556.0
CloudingIo 2GB 1 core 348.5
CloudingIo 4GB 2 cores 836.1
CloudingIo 8GB 4 cores 1453.5

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 Clouding.io.


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

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.n4.large 495.6ms
Alibaba ecs.c5.large 508.0ms
CloudingIo 2GB 1 core 572.6ms
CloudingIo 4GB 2 cores 580.8ms
CloudingIo 8GB 4 cores 579.4ms

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


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Alibaba Cloud and Clouding.io 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.n4.large 110.6Mbps
Alibaba ecs.c5.large 109.9Mbps
CloudingIo 2GB 1 core 408.6Mbps
CloudingIo 4GB 2 cores 512.2Mbps
CloudingIo 8GB 4 cores 611.0Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Alibaba Cloud and Clouding.io 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

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.n4.large 3189.7
Alibaba ecs.c5.large 4873.6
CloudingIo 2GB 1 core 1423.9
CloudingIo 4GB 2 cores 5590.3
CloudingIo 8GB 4 cores 5705.3

Review and compare endurance test results for Alibaba Cloud and Clouding.io on the Sustained CPU Endurance 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.

Alibaba Cloud Review Clouding.io Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  Yes Yes
Backups  Yes No
Control Panel  Custom Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  19 1
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 1





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