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Scaleway vs Alibaba Cloud


Scaleway Scaleway Alibaba Alibaba Alibaba
Plan Name START 1M Pro X64-15GB ecs-t5-c1m1-large 1GB 1 core ecs.t5-lc1m1.small
Monthly Price €11.52 €36.00 $25.00 $4.50 $10.08
CPU cores 4 6 2 1 1
Memory (GB) 4.0 15.0 2.0 1.0 1.0
Disk Space (GB) 100 200 20 40 40
Data Transfer (GB) 10000 10000 10000 1000 10000
Virtualization KVM KVM KVM Unknown KVM
Latest trial Nov 12 2018 Jan 31 2019 Sep 09 2018 Feb 10 2019 Nov 16 2018

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?

Scaleway Scaleway Alibaba Alibaba Alibaba
Plan Name START 1M Pro X64-15GB ecs-t5-c1m1-large 1GB 1 core ecs.t5-lc1m1.small
Web Performance D B A C C
Raw CPU Power C C D F F
Performance Stability B A C B E
Disk IO Performance D B D E E
Network Performance D C E E E

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 VPSs from Scaleway and Alibaba Cloud. 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
Scaleway Pro X64-15GB 71.3ms
Scaleway START 1M 124.0ms
Alibaba ecs-t5-c1m1-large 64.7ms
Alibaba ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 68.7ms
Alibaba 1GB 1 core 83.3ms

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 Scaleway and Alibaba Cloud. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
Scaleway Pro X64-15GB 1802.4
Scaleway START 1M 1904.9
Alibaba ecs-t5-c1m1-large 657.6
Alibaba ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 328.4
Alibaba 1GB 1 core 317.5

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 Scaleway and Alibaba Cloud.

Remote Timings

During the whole duration of the web performance test, we collected web response times from 5 different locations in the world. The chart below reports the average connection + TLS handshake latency from all 5 locations.

Note: Remote timings may not be available for all plans.

Remote Latency per Plan

Lower is better

Provider Plan Average remote request duration
Scaleway Pro X64-15GB 472.2ms
Scaleway START 1M 469.2ms
Alibaba ecs-t5-c1m1-large 450.8ms
Alibaba ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 335.0ms
Alibaba 1GB 1 core 504.4ms

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

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Scaleway and Alibaba Cloud 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
Scaleway Pro X64-15GB 794.7Mbps
Scaleway START 1M 608.0Mbps
Alibaba ecs-t5-c1m1-large 114.8Mbps
Alibaba ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 80.9Mbps
Alibaba 1GB 1 core 317.7Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Scaleway and Alibaba Cloud on the Network Transfers Comparison page.

Sustained CPU Endurance Tests

We pushed the CPU of those VPS plans very hard for 24 hours straight.

This kind of tests 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 are.

Note: Endurance metrics may not be available for all plans.

Average number of operations per hour

Higher is better

Provider Plan Average ops/hour
Scaleway Pro X64-15GB 5896.5
Scaleway START 1M 3324.8
Alibaba ecs-t5-c1m1-large 3185.5
Alibaba ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 957.9
Alibaba 1GB 1 core 1435.6

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

Features and Usability

Features not included in the VPS price in plans tested at vpsbenchmarks.com will be marked as missing.

Scaleway Review Alibaba Cloud Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  Yes Yes
Backups  Yes Yes
Control Panel  Builtin Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  2 19
Number of Datacenter Continents  1 4

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