Alibaba Cloud vs UpCloud

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We have tested 11 VPS plans from Alibaba Cloud and UpCloud. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those providers.


Alibaba Cloud

Alibaba

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
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom

UpCloud

UpCloud

UpCloud was founded in 2013.
It is headquartered in Finland.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
1GB 1core $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Mar 04 2021
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small $6.52 1 1.0 40 10000 Sep 28 2021
2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 Jul 19 2021
ecs.n4.small $13.66 1 2.0 20 0 Sep 01 2020
4GB 2 cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Apr 18 2021
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.c5.large $37.52 2 4.0 40 1000 May 07 2020
8GB 4 cores $40.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Sep 05 2021
ecs.c6e.large $41.32 2 4.0 40 0 Nov 09 2020
16GB 6 cores $80.00 6 16.0 320 6000 Jun 03 2021

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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
1GB 1core
$5.00
B D B C D
ecs.t5-lc1m1.small
$6.52
D F E E D
2GB 1core
$10.00
C E B B C
ecs.n4.small
$13.66
E E C E F
4GB 2 cores
$20.00
B B C B C
ecs.t6-c1m2.large
$20.91
B D C E F
ecs.n4.large
$35.41
D C B E F
ecs.c5.large
$37.52
C C B E F
8GB 4 cores
$40.00
C B C B C
ecs.c6e.large
$41.32
B C C E F
16GB 6 cores
$80.00
B A C B C
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Features and Datacenters

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

UpCloud Alibaba Cloud
Backups  Yes Yes
Block storage  Yes Yes
Object storage  Yes Yes
Load balancer  No Yes
DDoS protection  No Yes
Hourly Billing  Yes Mixed
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  12 21
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 4
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CPUs

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

All Alibaba Cloud CPUs All UpCloud 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
AMD EPYC 7542 32-Core Processor
Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2687W v4 @ 3.00GHz
Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6136 CPU @ 3.00GHz

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 UpCloud
Consistency Score 59 68

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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 7 12
Average provisioning time 41s 56s

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 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


Maximum HTTP Load

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from Alibaba Cloud and UpCloud. 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 UpCloud. 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 UpCloud. 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 UpCloud.

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

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

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

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