Alibaba Cloud vs SimpliServers

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We have tested 7 VPS plans from Alibaba Cloud and SimpliServers. 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.

SimpliServers

SimpliServers

SimpliServers was founded in 2019.
It is headquartered in Estonia.
It employs 4 people.
It offers Web hosting and VPS hosting products.


VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small $6.52 1 1.0 40 10000 Sep 28 2021
ecs.n4.small $13.66 1 2.0 20 0 Sep 01 2020
ecs.t6-c1m2.large $20.91 2 4.0 40 0 Jul 07 2021
ecs.n4.large $35.41 2 4.0 40 0 Feb 21 2021
ecs.c6e.large $41.32 2 4.0 40 0 Nov 09 2020
Mars 41.15€ 4 16.0 100 Unlimited Oct 27 2021
Jupiter 51.44€ 5 20.0 125 Unlimited Jan 11 2022

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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
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small
$6.52
D F E E D
ecs.n4.small
$13.66
E E C E F
ecs.t6-c1m2.large
$20.91
B D C E F
ecs.n4.large
$35.41
D C B E F
ecs.c6e.large
$41.32
B C C E F
Mars
41.15€
A B B B C
Jupiter
51.44€
C B C D C
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Features and Datacenters

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

Alibaba Cloud SimpliServers
Backups  Yes Yes
Block storage  Yes No
Object storage  Yes No
Load balancer  Yes No
DDoS protection  Yes Yes
Hourly Billing  Mixed No
SSH Keys Setup  Yes No
Total Number of Datacenters  21 3
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 2
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CPUs

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

All Alibaba Cloud CPUs All SimpliServers CPUs
Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2682 v4 @ 2.50GHz
Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8163 CPU @ 2.50GHz
Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8269CY CPU @ 2.50GHz
QEMU Virtual CPU version 2.5+

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 SimpliServers
Consistency Score 59 -

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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Alibaba Cloud SimpliServers
Number of instance creations in sample 5 2
Average provisioning time 34s 260s

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 SimpliServers. 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 SimpliServers. 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 SimpliServers. 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 SimpliServers. 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 SimpliServers.

Network Transfers

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

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