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Alibaba Cloud vs UpCloud


Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
1GB 1 core $4.50 1 1.0 40 1000 Feb 10 2019
1GB 1core $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Sep 02 2018
2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 Jan 23 2019
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small $10.08 1 1.0 40 10000 Nov 16 2018
4GB 2 cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Dec 07 2018
ecs-t5-c1m1-large $25.00 2 2.0 20 10000 Sep 09 2018
8GB 4 cores $40.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Oct 31 2018
ecs.c5.large $63.00 2 4.0 20 1000 Apr 08 2019
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
1GB 1 core D E C E E
1GB 1core A E B B D
2GB 1core B D B B D
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small D F E E E
4GB 2 cores A C B B C
ecs-t5-c1m1-large A C C D E
8GB 4 cores A A B B C
ecs.c5.large B C B E F
16GB 6 cores A A B A C

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 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 56.0ms
UpCloud 2GB 1core 62.0ms
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 51.0ms
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 53.0ms
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.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 415.7
UpCloud 2GB 1core 409.2
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 790.3
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 1648.2
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.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 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
UpCloud 1GB 1core 465.2ms
UpCloud 2GB 1core 504.2ms
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 506.2ms
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 492.2ms
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.c5.large 499.4ms

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 453.2Mbps
UpCloud 2GB 1core 440.8Mbps
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 453.6Mbps
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 452.5Mbps
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.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 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
UpCloud 1GB 1core 1744.1
UpCloud 2GB 1core 1859.0
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 3524.1
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 6785.5
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.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 in plans tested at vpsbenchmarks.com will be marked as missing.

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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