Alibaba Cloud vs Kamatera

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We have tested 13 VPS plans from Alibaba Cloud and Kamatera. 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

Kamatera

Kamatera was founded in 1995.
It is headquartered in Israel.
It offers VPS managed and unmanaged hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Israel
  • Netherlands
  • UK
  • USA

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
Availability 1GB 1core $4.00 1 1.0 20 5000 Aug 05 2019
Starter 1GB 1 core $4.50 1 1.0 25 2000 Mar 15 2020
General 1GB 1 core $9.00 1 1.0 20 5000 May 01 2020
Availability 2GB 2 cores $10.00 2 2.0 20 5000 Dec 18 2019
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small $11.96 1 1.0 40 10000 Nov 15 2019
ecs-t5-c1m1-large $14.13 2 2.0 20 10000 Sep 07 2019
Availability 4GB 4 cores $24.00 4 4.0 20 5000 Mar 17 2020
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
General 4GB 2 cores $39.00 2 4.0 20 5000 Feb 03 2020
ecs.g6.large $43.19 2 8.0 0 0 Jan 15 2020
General 2GB 4 cores $50.00 4 2.0 20 5000 Mar 11 2019
General 8GB 4 cores $90.00 4 8.0 80 5000 May 15 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
Availability 1GB 1core
$4.00
C D E D C
Starter 1GB 1 core
$4.50
E E E D F
General 1GB 1 core
$9.00
C D C C A
Availability 2GB 2 cores
$10.00
E C D B B
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small
$11.96
D E D D F
ecs-t5-c1m1-large
$14.13
B C E D E
Availability 4GB 4 cores
$24.00
A A D B A
ecs.n4.large
$28.84
B C B E E
ecs.c5.large
$37.52
C C B E F
General 4GB 2 cores
$39.00
B B B B A
ecs.g6.large
$43.19
B B B D F
General 2GB 4 cores
$50.00
D B D C C
General 8GB 4 cores
$90.00
C A E B A
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Alibaba Cloud Kamatera
Number of instance creations in sample 8 8
Provisioning time in seconds 55s 297s

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 Kamatera. 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
Alibaba
ecs.g6.large 47.0ms
ecs.c5.large 61.0ms
ecs-t5-c1m1-large 63.0ms
ecs.n4.large 66.0ms
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 66.0ms
Starter 1GB 1 core 75.0ms
Kamatera
Availability 4GB 4 cores 50.0ms
General 4GB 2 cores 57.0ms
General 1GB 1 core 61.0ms
Availability 1GB 1core 73.0ms
Availability 2GB 2 cores 75.0ms
General 2GB 4 cores 80.0ms

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 Performance

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
Alibaba
Starter 1GB 1 core 289.8
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
Kamatera
Availability 1GB 1core 395.2
General 1GB 1 core 438.5
Availability 2GB 2 cores 667.1
General 4GB 2 cores 880.8
General 2GB 4 cores 1318.2
General 8GB 4 cores 1729.1
Availability 4GB 4 cores 1819.2

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
Alibaba
ecs-t5-c1m1-large 8.3
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
Kamatera
General 2GB 4 cores 36.0
General 1GB 1 core 59.2
Availability 1GB 1core 67.1
Availability 2GB 2 cores 86.6
Availability 4GB 4 cores 96.2
General 4GB 2 cores 105.3
General 8GB 4 cores 110.5

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 Kamatera.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Alibaba Cloud and Kamatera 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
Alibaba
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 100.5Mbps
ecs-t5-c1m1-large 104.7Mbps
ecs.c5.large 106.8Mbps
Starter 1GB 1 core 108.8Mbps
ecs.n4.large 110.6Mbps
ecs.g6.large 111.0Mbps
Kamatera
General 2GB 4 cores 1051.5Mbps
Availability 1GB 1core 1428.2Mbps
Availability 2GB 2 cores 1668.5Mbps
Availability 4GB 4 cores 2251.5Mbps
General 1GB 1 core 2467.3Mbps
General 4GB 2 cores 2533.3Mbps
General 8GB 4 cores 2755.3Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Alibaba Cloud and Kamatera 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
Alibaba
Starter 1GB 1 core 2293.4
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 2511.6
ecs.n4.large 3189.7
ecs-t5-c1m1-large 3721.1
ecs.c5.large 4959.2
ecs.g6.large 5655.6
Kamatera
Availability 1GB 1core 2225.8
Availability 2GB 2 cores 2409.4
General 1GB 1 core 3396.9
General 2GB 4 cores 5307.4
General 4GB 2 cores 7869.8
Availability 4GB 4 cores 10997.2
General 8GB 4 cores 12123.1

Review and compare endurance test results for Alibaba Cloud and Kamatera 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
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
Kamatera
Availability 2GB 2 cores 328.0ms
Availability 1GB 1core 333.0ms
General 2GB 4 cores 341.8ms
General 4GB 2 cores 346.0ms
General 1GB 1 core 349.6ms
Availability 4GB 4 cores 384.0ms

Detailed remote timings measurements including connection time, TLS handshake time, and response time can be compared for Alibaba Cloud and Kamatera 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.

Alibaba Cloud Review Kamatera Review
Hourly Billing  Mixed Yes
DDOS Protection  Yes No
Backups  Yes No
Control Panel  Custom Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes No
Total Number of Datacenters  19 13
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 4
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