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Google Compute Engine vs Clouding.io


Plans

GCE GCE GCE CloudingIo CloudingIo CloudingIo
Plan Name g1-small n1-standard-1 n1-standard-2 8GB 4 cores 4GB 2 cores 2GB 1 core
Monthly Price $18.50 $34.20 $68.40 €30.00 €16.00 €8.00
CPU cores 1 1 2 4 2 1
Memory (GB) 1.7 3.75 7.5 8.0 4.0 2.0
Disk Space (GB) 10 20 10 100 60 30
Data Transfer (GB) 100 100 100 2000 2000 2000
Virtualization KVM KVM KVM KVM KVM KVM
Latest trial Aug 16 2018 Nov 07 2018 Jan 27 2019 Oct 15 2018 Jan 14 2019 Mar 16 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?

GCE GCE GCE CloudingIo CloudingIo CloudingIo
Plan Name g1-small n1-standard-1 n1-standard-2 8GB 4 cores 4GB 2 cores 2GB 1 core
Web Performance C D C B B -
Raw CPU Power E E D C C -
Performance Stability C C C B B -
Disk IO Performance D E D D D -
Network Performance D C C D D -

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 Google Compute Engine and Clouding.io. 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 n1-standard-2 68.5ms
GCE g1-small 70.3ms
GCE n1-standard-1 84.0ms
CloudingIo 4GB 2 cores 59.3ms
CloudingIo 8GB 4 cores 62.5ms
CloudingIo 2GB 1 core 65.5ms


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 Google Compute Engine and Clouding.io. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:


Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
GCE n1-standard-2 557.9
GCE g1-small 355.0
GCE n1-standard-1 354.8
CloudingIo 4GB 2 cores 836.1
CloudingIo 8GB 4 cores 1453.5
CloudingIo 2GB 1 core 348.5


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 Google Compute Engine and Clouding.io.


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
GCE n1-standard-2 299.4ms
GCE g1-small 301.0ms
GCE n1-standard-1 300.8ms
CloudingIo 4GB 2 cores 580.8ms
CloudingIo 8GB 4 cores 579.4ms
CloudingIo 2GB 1 core 551.4ms

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


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Google Compute Engine and Clouding.io 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 n1-standard-2 636.3Mbps
GCE g1-small 432.5Mbps
GCE n1-standard-1 514.9Mbps
CloudingIo 4GB 2 cores 512.2Mbps
CloudingIo 8GB 4 cores 611.0Mbps
CloudingIo 2GB 1 core 408.6Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Google Compute Engine and Clouding.io 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
GCE n1-standard-2 4457.1
GCE g1-small 1468.1
GCE n1-standard-1 1622.8
CloudingIo 4GB 2 cores 5590.3
CloudingIo 8GB 4 cores 5705.3

Review and compare endurance test results for Google Compute Engine and Clouding.io 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.

Google Compute Engine Review Clouding.io Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  Yes Yes
Backups  No No
Control Panel  Builtin Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  12 1
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 1





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