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Alibaba Cloud vs UpCloud

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This page was updated with new data on June 21 2019.


Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
Alibaba Cloud 1GB 1 core $4.50 1 1.0 40 1000 Feb 10 2019
UpCloud 1GB 1core $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Apr 22 2019
UpCloud 2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 Jan 23 2019
Alibaba Cloud ecs.t5-lc1m1.small $10.08 1 1.0 40 10000 Nov 16 2018
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Dec 07 2018
Alibaba Cloud ecs-t5-c1m1-large $25.00 2 2.0 20 10000 Sep 09 2018
Alibaba Cloud ecs.n4.large $38.88 2 4.0 40 0 Jun 17 2019
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores $40.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Jun 10 2019
Alibaba Cloud ecs.c5.large $63.00 2 4.0 20 1000 Apr 08 2019
UpCloud 16GB 6 cores $80.00 6 16.0 320 6000 Mar 09 2019

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?

Plan Name Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
Alibaba Cloud 1GB 1 core C E C E E
UpCloud 1GB 1core B D C C C
UpCloud 2GB 1core B D B B D
Alibaba Cloud ecs.t5-lc1m1.small D F E E E
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores A C B B C
Alibaba Cloud ecs-t5-c1m1-large A C C D E
Alibaba Cloud ecs.n4.large B C B D E
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores A A C B C
Alibaba Cloud ecs.c5.large B C B D E
UpCloud 16GB 6 cores A A A A C
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Alibaba Cloud UpCloud
Number of instance creations in sample 4 7
Provisioning time in seconds 85s 53s

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 UpCloud. 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
UpCloud 1GB 1core 60.0ms
UpCloud 2GB 1core 62.0ms
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 51.0ms
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 60.0ms
UpCloud 16GB 6 cores 53.0ms
Alibaba 1GB 1 core 84.0ms
Alibaba ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 68.0ms
Alibaba ecs-t5-c1m1-large 55.0ms
Alibaba ecs.n4.large 66.0ms
Alibaba ecs.c5.large 65.0ms

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 Performances

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
UpCloud 1GB 1core 417.1
UpCloud 2GB 1core 409.2
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 790.3
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 1617.8
UpCloud 16GB 6 cores 2942.1
Alibaba 1GB 1 core 317.5
Alibaba ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 328.4
Alibaba ecs-t5-c1m1-large 657.6
Alibaba ecs.n4.large 759.2
Alibaba ecs.c5.large 556.0

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 UpCloud.


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

Provider Plan Average remote request duration
UpCloud 1GB 1core 503.2ms
UpCloud 2GB 1core 504.2ms
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 506.2ms
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 499.4ms
UpCloud 16GB 6 cores 504.4ms
Alibaba 1GB 1 core 504.4ms
Alibaba ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 335.0ms
Alibaba ecs-t5-c1m1-large 450.8ms
Alibaba ecs.n4.large 495.6ms
Alibaba ecs.c5.large 508.0ms

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


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Alibaba Cloud and UpCloud 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
UpCloud 1GB 1core 761.0Mbps
UpCloud 2GB 1core 440.8Mbps
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 453.6Mbps
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 790.3Mbps
UpCloud 16GB 6 cores 449.7Mbps
Alibaba 1GB 1 core 317.7Mbps
Alibaba ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 80.9Mbps
Alibaba ecs-t5-c1m1-large 114.8Mbps
Alibaba ecs.n4.large 110.6Mbps
Alibaba ecs.c5.large 109.9Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Alibaba Cloud and UpCloud 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

Provider Plan Average ops/hour
UpCloud 1GB 1core 1861.3
UpCloud 2GB 1core 1859.0
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 3524.1
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 6014.8
UpCloud 16GB 6 cores 26885.7
Alibaba 1GB 1 core 1435.6
Alibaba ecs.t5-lc1m1.small 957.9
Alibaba ecs-t5-c1m1-large 3185.5
Alibaba ecs.n4.large 3189.7
Alibaba ecs.c5.large 4873.6

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

UpCloud Review Alibaba Cloud Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  No Yes
Backups  Yes Yes
Control Panel  Custom Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  8 19
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 4





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