Contabo vs Google Compute Engine

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We have tested 16 VPS plans from Contabo and Google Compute Engine. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those providers.


Contabo

Contabo

Contabo was founded in 2003.
It is headquartered in Germany.
It offers Web, Dedicated and VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Germany
  • Singapore
  • United States

Google Compute Engine

GCE

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
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Qatar
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
VPS S SSD 4.99€ 4 8.0 200 Unlimited Apr 16 2021
VPS M SSD 8.99€ 6 16.0 400 Unlimited Jul 16 2021
VPS M NVMe (Preview) (Off rankings) 8.99€ 6 16.0 100 32000 Aug 18 2021
g1-small $13.13 1 1.7 10 100 Jul 21 2020
e2-small $16.23 2 2.0 40 0 Aug 16 2021
VPS L NVMe 14.99€ 8 30.0 200 Unlimited Oct 17 2021
VPS L SSD (Off rankings) 14.99€ 8 30.0 800 Unlimited Nov 23 2020
n1-standard-1 $27.67 1 3.75 20 0 Jan 04 2021
VPS XL SSD 26.99€ 10 60.0 1600 Unlimited Jan 12 2021
e2-highcpu-2 $36.11 2 2.0 0 0 Mar 24 2021
n2-highcpu-2 $41.87 2 2.0 0 0 May 23 2020
VDS S 36.99€ 6 24.0 180 32000 Mar 02 2021
VDS M 47.99€ 8 32.0 240 32000 Jun 01 2021
n2d-standard-2 $56.14 2 8.0 40 0 Oct 14 2020
VDS M Singapore (Off rankings) 64.99€ 4 32.0 240 Unlimited Apr 21 2021
VDS L 68.99€ 12 48.0 360 32000 Sep 01 2021

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Note: "Off rankings" plans are not included in the Screener and are not considered for Best VPS rankings. They may either be previews where the VPS have been directly provisioned by the provider or they may exceed the maximum number of plans that can be listed per provider.

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?

Screen all VPS from Contabo and Google Compute Engine
Plan Name Web Perf Raw CPU Power Perf Stability Disk IO Perf Network Perf
VPS S SSD
4.99€
E C F D D
VPS M SSD
8.99€
D A E C C
VPS M NVMe (Preview) (Off rankings)
8.99€
A A C B D
g1-small
$13.13
D E C E E
e2-small
$16.23
F E F E D
VPS L NVMe
14.99€
C A D B C
VPS L SSD (Off rankings)
14.99€
D A E D E
n1-standard-1
$27.67
D E C D E
VPS XL SSD
26.99€
D B F C C
e2-highcpu-2
$36.11
D D D E D
n2-highcpu-2
$41.87
B B B E C
VDS S
36.99€
A A C A D
VDS M
47.99€
B A C A C
n2d-standard-2
$56.14
E D D E E
VDS M Singapore (Off rankings)
64.99€
A A B A C
VDS L
68.99€
B A B A C
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Features and Datacenters

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

Google Compute Engine Contabo
Backups  Yes Yes
Block storage  Yes No
Object storage  Yes No
Load balancer  Yes No
DDoS protection  Yes Yes
Hourly Billing  Yes No
SSH Keys Setup  Yes No
Total Number of Datacenters  20 8
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 3
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CPUs

These are the CPUs we have seen in Contabo and Google Compute Engine instances in the past 18 months.

All Contabo CPUs All Google Compute Engine CPUs
AMD EPYC 7282 16-Core Processor
Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v4 @ 2.20GHz
AMD EPYC 7B12
Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU
Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU @ 2.30GHz

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.

Contabo Google Compute Engine
Consistency Score 78 59

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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Contabo Google Compute Engine
Number of instance creations in sample 9 6
Average provisioning time 1100s 22s

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 Contabo 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


Maximum HTTP Load

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from Contabo and Google Compute Engine. 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 Contabo and Google Compute Engine. 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 Contabo and Google Compute Engine. 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 Contabo and Google Compute Engine.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Contabo 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

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Contabo 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

Review and compare endurance test results for Contabo and Google Compute Engine on the Sustained CPU Endurance Comparison page.

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