Alibaba Cloud vs Contabo

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We have tested 11 VPS plans from Alibaba Cloud and Contabo. We'll show which one is best based on a detailed performance analysis, on features and prices.


Alibaba Cloud

Alibaba

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
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom

Contabo

Contabo

Contabo was founded in 2003.
It is headquartered in Germany.
It offers Web, Dedicated and VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Germany
  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

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2nd Best Value March 2022

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
VPS S NVMe 5.99€ 4 8.0 50 32000 Mar 08 2022
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small $6.52 1 1.0 40 10000 Sep 28 2021
VPS M NVMe (Preview) (Off rankings) 8.99€ 6 16.0 100 32000 Aug 18 2021
VPS M NVMe 10.49€ 6 16.0 200 32000 Jun 07 2022
ecs.n4.small $13.66 1 2.0 20 0 Aug 27 2022
VPS L NVMe 17.49€ 8 30.0 200 Unlimited Oct 22 2022
ecs.t6-c1m2.large $20.91 2 4.0 40 0 Jul 07 2021
VPS XL NVMe 31.49€ 9 60.0 400 Unlimited Dec 07 2021
VDS S NVMe 36.99€ 3 24.0 180 32000 Sep 07 2022
ecs.c7.large $49.32 2 4.0 40 Feb 21 2022
VDS XL NVMe 102.99€ 8 64.0 480 32000 Jul 22 2022

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Note: "Off rankings" plans are not included in the Screener and are not considered for Best VPS rankings. They may either be previews where the VPS have been directly provisioned by the provider, they may be too old or they may exceed the maximum number of plans that can be listed for each provider.

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?

Screen all VPS from Alibaba Cloud and Contabo
Plan Name Web Perf Raw CPU Power Perf Stability Disk IO Perf Network Perf
VPS S NVMe
5.99€
C B E C E
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small
$6.52
D F E E D
VPS M NVMe (Preview) (Off rankings)
8.99€
A A C B D
VPS M NVMe
10.49€
D B E C D
ecs.n4.small
$13.66
E F E F F
VPS L NVMe
17.49€
D B F C D
ecs.t6-c1m2.large
$20.91
B D C E F
VPS XL NVMe
31.49€
D B F D C
VDS S NVMe
36.99€
B B B C E
ecs.c7.large
$49.32
B D D F F
VDS XL NVMe
102.99€
E C F C C
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Features and Datacenters

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

Alibaba Cloud Contabo
Backups  Yes Yes
Block storage  Yes No
Object storage  Yes Yes
Load balancer  Yes No
DDoS protection  Yes Yes
Hourly Billing  Mixed No
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  21 9
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 3
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CPUs

These are the CPUs we have seen in Alibaba Cloud and Contabo instances in the past 18 months.

All Alibaba Cloud CPUs All Contabo CPUs
Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2682 v4 @ 2.50GHz
Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8269CY CPU @ 2.50GHz
Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8369B CPU @ 2.70GHz
AMD EPYC 7282 16-Core 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.

Alibaba Cloud Contabo
Consistency Score 49 57

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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Alibaba Cloud Contabo
Number of instance creations in sample 4 5
Average provisioning time 36s 416s

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 Alibaba Cloud and Contabo. 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 Alibaba Cloud and Contabo. 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 Alibaba Cloud and Contabo. 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 Alibaba Cloud and Contabo. 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 Alibaba Cloud and Contabo.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Alibaba Cloud and Contabo 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 Alibaba Cloud and Contabo 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 Alibaba Cloud and Contabo on the Sustained CPU Endurance Comparison page.

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