Contabo vs Scaleway

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We have tested 10 VPS plans from Contabo and Scaleway. We'll show which one is best based on a detailed performance analysis, on features and prices.


Contabo

Contabo

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

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Scaleway

Scaleway

Scaleway was founded as a VPS provider in 2015.
It is headquartered in France.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • Poland

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
VPS S NVMe 4.50€ 4 8.0 50 32000 Apr 23 2023
VPS M NVMe 9.50€ 6 16.0 100 32000 Jun 08 2023
PLAY2-PICO 14.86€ 1 2.0 20 Unlimited Aug 18 2023
VPS L NVMe 16.50€ 8 30.0 200 32000 Oct 25 2023
PLAY2-NANO 24.29€ 2 4.0 40 Unlimited Nov 14 2022
VPS XL NVMe 31.00€ 10 60.0 400 32000 Mar 08 2023
VDS S NVMe 42.99€ 3 24.0 180 32000 Dec 11 2023
VDS M NVMe 55.99€ 4 32.0 240 32000 Jan 29 2024
VDS L NVMe 79.99€ 6 48.0 360 32000 Jan 24 2023
VDS XL NVMe 102.99€ 8 64.0 480 32000 Jul 23 2023

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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?

Screen all VPS from Contabo and Scaleway
Plan Name Web Perf Raw CPU Power Perf Stability Disk IO Perf Network Perf
VPS S NVMe
4.50€
E C E D E
VPS M NVMe
9.50€
D B E E D
PLAY2-PICO
14.86€
B E D F C
VPS L NVMe
16.50€
D B E D D
PLAY2-NANO
24.29€
D D C F C
VPS XL NVMe
31.00€
D A F D D
VDS S NVMe
42.99€
B B B C D
VDS M NVMe
55.99€
C B B C D
VDS L NVMe
79.99€
C A B B D
VDS XL NVMe
102.99€
B A C B C
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Features and Datacenters

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

Scaleway Contabo
Backups  Yes Yes
Block storage  Yes No
Object storage  Yes Yes
Load balancer  Yes No
DDoS protection  Yes Yes
Hourly Billing  Yes No
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  3 12
Number of Datacenter Continents  1 4
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CPUs

These are the CPUs we have seen in Contabo and Scaleway instances in the past 18 months.

Contabo Scaleway
All Contabo CPUs by plan All Scaleway CPUs by plan
AMD EPYC 7282 16-Core Processor AMD EPYC 7543 32-Core Processor

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 Scaleway
Consistency Score 62 55

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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Contabo Scaleway
Number of instance creations in sample 12 2
Average provisioning time 20982s 30s

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 Scaleway. 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 Scaleway. 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 Scaleway. 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 Scaleway. 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 Scaleway.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Contabo and Scaleway 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 Scaleway 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.

Throughput variations of the endurance test over 24 hours. The coefficient of variation is the standard deviation of the test throughput divided by its average value. Low variations mean that resources allocated to the server were stable for the duration of the test and there was little contention.


Ops/hour coefficient of variation

Lower is better

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

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