Aruba Cloud vs Google Compute Engine

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We have tested 10 VPS plans from Aruba Cloud and Google Compute Engine. This page is a summary and comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


Aruba Cloud

Aruba Cloud was founded in 1994.
It is headquartered in Italy.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • United Kingdom

Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine was founded in 2008.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS, Database, Storage and Networking hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Singapore
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • UK
  • USA

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
Aruba Cloud Cloud VPS Small €2.79 1 1.0 20 2000 Jul 26 2019
Aruba Cloud Cloud VPS Medium €6.50 1 2.0 40 5000 Apr 16 2019
Google Compute Engine g1-small $13.13 1 1.7 10 100 Mar 28 2019
Aruba Cloud Cloud VPS Large €12.50 2 4.0 80 12000 Oct 22 2018
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-1 $24.27 1 3.75 20 100 Nov 07 2018
Aruba Cloud Cloud VPS XLarge €25.00 4 8.0 160 25000 Jan 17 2019
Google Compute Engine n1-highcpu-2 $36.23 2 1.8 20 100 May 31 2019
Aruba Cloud Cloud PRO 2GB 2 cores €33.12 2 2.0 20 Sep 24 2019
Google Compute Engine n2-highcpu-2 $39.36 2 2.0 0 0 Aug 12 2019
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-2 $48.55 2 7.5 10 100 Jan 27 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 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?

Plan Name Web Perf Raw CPU Power Perf Stability Disk IO Perf Network Perf
Aruba Cloud Cloud VPS Small
€2.79
E F C D E
Aruba Cloud Cloud VPS Medium
€6.50
E F C D D
Google Compute Engine g1-small
$13.13
E D D E D
Aruba Cloud Cloud VPS Large
€12.50
B D B D D
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-1
$24.27
E E C D C
Aruba Cloud Cloud VPS XLarge
€25.00
B B A B D
Google Compute Engine n1-highcpu-2
$36.23
C C B E C
Aruba Cloud Cloud PRO 2GB 2 cores
€33.12
A B B B C
Google Compute Engine n2-highcpu-2
$39.36
C B D E C
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-2
$48.55
D C D D C
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

This is the average time it took to create an instance for Aruba Cloud and Google Compute Engine from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

Aruba Cloud Google Compute Engine
Number of instance creations in sample 4 5
Provisioning time in seconds 167s 29s

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 Aruba Cloud and Google Compute Engine. 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
GCE g1-small 96.0ms
GCE n1-standard-1 84.0ms
GCE n1-highcpu-2 74.0ms
GCE n2-highcpu-2 55.0ms
GCE n1-standard-2 69.0ms
Aruba Cloud VPS Small 98.0ms
Aruba Cloud VPS Medium 97.0ms
Aruba Cloud VPS Large 75.0ms
Aruba Cloud VPS XLarge 75.0ms
Aruba Cloud PRO 2GB 2 cores 51.0ms

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 Aruba Cloud and Google Compute Engine. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
GCE g1-small 354.7
GCE n1-standard-1 354.8
GCE n1-highcpu-2 540.4
GCE n2-highcpu-2 697.7
GCE n1-standard-2 557.9
Aruba Cloud VPS Small 249.4
Aruba Cloud VPS Medium 244.1
Aruba Cloud VPS Large 511.0
Aruba Cloud VPS XLarge 971.7
Aruba Cloud PRO 2GB 2 cores 753.7

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 Aruba Cloud and Google Compute Engine.


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
GCE g1-small 307.8ms
GCE n1-standard-1 300.8ms
GCE n1-highcpu-2 344.0ms
GCE n2-highcpu-2 305.6ms
GCE n1-standard-2 299.4ms
Aruba Cloud VPS Small 520.2ms
Aruba Cloud VPS Medium 527.6ms
Aruba Cloud VPS Large 551.8ms
Aruba Cloud VPS XLarge 550.4ms
Aruba Cloud PRO 2GB 2 cores 525.6ms

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


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Aruba Cloud and Google Compute Engine 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
GCE g1-small 434.1Mbps
GCE n1-standard-1 514.9Mbps
GCE n1-highcpu-2 889.9Mbps
GCE n2-highcpu-2 642.1Mbps
GCE n1-standard-2 636.3Mbps
Aruba Cloud VPS Small 284.2Mbps
Aruba Cloud VPS Medium 673.2Mbps
Aruba Cloud VPS Large 796.4Mbps
Aruba Cloud VPS XLarge 775.3Mbps
Aruba Cloud PRO 2GB 2 cores 1512.4Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Aruba Cloud and Google Compute Engine 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
GCE g1-small 3037.8
GCE n1-standard-1 1622.8
GCE n1-highcpu-2 4793.4
GCE n2-highcpu-2 5817.2
GCE n1-standard-2 4457.1
Aruba Cloud VPS Small 1109.1
Aruba Cloud VPS Medium 1113.5
Aruba Cloud VPS Large 2089.8
Aruba Cloud VPS XLarge 4436.4
Aruba Cloud PRO 2GB 2 cores 4299.5

Review and compare endurance test results for Aruba Cloud and Google Compute Engine 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.

Google Compute Engine Review Aruba Cloud Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  Yes Yes
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  Builtin Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  20 8
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 1


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