Alibaba Cloud vs Dreamhost

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We have tested 10 VPS plans from Alibaba Cloud and Dreamhost. 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
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom

Dreamhost

Dreamhost was founded in 1997.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers Shared, Wordpress, VPS and Dedicated hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • United States

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
gp1_subsonic $6.00 1 1.0 80 3000 Jun 10 2020
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small $11.96 1 1.0 40 10000 Nov 15 2019
gp1_supersonic $12.00 1 2.0 80 10000 Mar 13 2020
ecs.n4.small $13.66 1 2.0 20 0 Sep 01 2020
ecs-t5-c1m1-large $14.13 2 2.0 20 10000 Sep 07 2019
gp1.lightspeed $24.00 2 4.0 80 10000 Nov 27 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
ecs.g6.large $43.19 2 8.0 0 0 Jan 15 2020
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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
Starter 1GB 1 core
$4.50
E E E D F
gp1_subsonic
$6.00
F F D E F
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small
$11.96
D E D D F
gp1_supersonic
$12.00
E F B E F
ecs.n4.small
$13.66
E E C E F
ecs-t5-c1m1-large
$14.13
B C E D E
gp1.lightspeed
$24.00
C D C E C
ecs.n4.large
$28.84
B C B E E
ecs.c5.large
$37.52
C C B E F
ecs.g6.large
$43.19
B B B D F
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Alibaba Cloud Dreamhost
Number of instance creations in sample 9 5
Average provisioning time 42s 41s

In Depth...

These are some of the test results that make up 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 Dreamhost. 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
Dreamhost
gp1.lightspeed 65.8 ms
gp1_supersonic 69.6 ms
gp1_subsonic 112 ms
Alibaba
ecs.g6.large 46.5 ms
ecs.c5.large 58.5 ms
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 62.1 ms
Starter 1GB 1 core 67.5 ms
ecs.n4.small 68.8 ms

Maximum HTTP Load

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from Alibaba Cloud and Dreamhost. This is the maximum rate of HTTP requests that each server handled without error.



Maximum HTTP request rate

Higher is better

Plan Max HTTP requests rate
Dreamhost
gp1_subsonic 5 reqs/sec
gp1_supersonic 10 reqs/sec
gp1.lightspeed 25 reqs/sec
Alibaba
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 10 reqs/sec
Starter 1GB 1 core 10 reqs/sec
ecs.n4.small 10 reqs/sec
ecs.c5.large 20 reqs/sec
ecs.g6.large 20 reqs/sec

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 Dreamhost. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
Dreamhost
gp1_subsonic 270
gp1_supersonic 274
gp1.lightspeed 570
Alibaba
Starter 1GB 1 core 289
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 326
ecs.n4.small 345
ecs.c5.large 554
ecs-t5-c1m1-large 654
ecs.g6.large 663
ecs.n4.large 759

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
Dreamhost
gp1_subsonic 18
gp1_supersonic 19.80
gp1.lightspeed 20.73
Alibaba
ecs-t5-c1m1-large 8.29
Starter 1GB 1 core 10.27
ecs.c5.large 10.86
ecs.n4.large 11.18
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 12.07
ecs.n4.small 13.89
ecs.g6.large 18.05

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 Dreamhost.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Alibaba Cloud and Dreamhost 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
Dreamhost
gp1_supersonic 37.6 Mbps
gp1_subsonic 171 Mbps
gp1.lightspeed 589 Mbps
Alibaba
ecs.n4.small 99.7 Mbps
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 100 Mbps
ecs-t5-c1m1-large 104 Mbps
ecs.c5.large 106 Mbps
Starter 1GB 1 core 108 Mbps
ecs.n4.large 110 Mbps
ecs.g6.large 110 Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Alibaba Cloud and Dreamhost 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
Dreamhost
gp1_subsonic 1286
gp1_supersonic 1356
gp1.lightspeed 2800
Alibaba
ecs.n4.small 1588
Starter 1GB 1 core 2293
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 2511
ecs.n4.large 3189
ecs-t5-c1m1-large 3721
ecs.c5.large 4959
ecs.g6.large 5655

Review and compare endurance test results for Alibaba Cloud and Dreamhost 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.

Dreamhost Review Alibaba Cloud Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Mixed
DDOS Protection  Yes Yes
Backups  Yes Yes
Control Panel  Builtin Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  1 21
Number of Datacenter Continents  1 4
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