Contabo vs UpCloud

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We have tested 8 VPS plans from Contabo and UpCloud. This page is a summary and comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


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

It has datacenters in:
  • Germany


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

It has datacenters in:
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Singapore
  • UK
  • USA

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
VPS 300 €3.99 2 4.0 300 0 Sep 03 2019
1GB 1core $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Jan 22 2020
S SSD €4.99 4 8.0 200 10000 May 07 2019
M SSD €8.99 6 16.0 400 0 Jan 31 2020
2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 Oct 23 2019
4GB 2 cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Mar 06 2020
8GB 4 cores $40.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Dec 03 2019
16GB 6 cores $80.00 6 16.0 320 6000 Sep 01 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
VPS 300
1GB 1core
2GB 1core
4GB 2 cores
8GB 4 cores
16GB 6 cores
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Contabo UpCloud
Number of instance creations in sample 3 12
Provisioning time in seconds 2140s 59s

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 Contabo 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

Provider Plan Average response time
UpCloud 1GB 1core 71.0ms
UpCloud 2GB 1core 55.0ms
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 53.0ms
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 63.0ms
UpCloud 16GB 6 cores 51.0ms
Contabo VPS 300 140.0ms
Contabo S SSD 165.0ms
Contabo M SSD 110.0ms

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 Contabo and UpCloud. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
UpCloud 1GB 1core 400.7
UpCloud 2GB 1core 404.9
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 779.8
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 1619.6
UpCloud 16GB 6 cores 2843.8
Contabo VPS 300 459.5
Contabo S SSD 1009.2
Contabo M SSD 1509.4

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 UpCloud.

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
UpCloud 1GB 1core 501.8ms
UpCloud 2GB 1core 499.6ms
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 485.2ms
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 507.8ms
UpCloud 16GB 6 cores 510.0ms
Contabo VPS 300 492.0ms
Contabo S SSD 502.6ms
Contabo M SSD 484.8ms

Detailed remote timings measurements including connection time, TLS handshake time, and response time can be compared for Contabo and UpCloud on the Remote Timings Comparison page.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Contabo 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

Provider Plan Network Download Speed
UpCloud 1GB 1core 700.4Mbps
UpCloud 2GB 1core 862.7Mbps
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 533.1Mbps
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 1401.5Mbps
UpCloud 16GB 6 cores 728.2Mbps
Contabo VPS 300 99.9Mbps
Contabo S SSD 198.5Mbps
Contabo M SSD 375.8Mbps

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

Provider Plan Average ops/hour
UpCloud 1GB 1core 1813.4
UpCloud 2GB 1core 1753.7
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 3625.6
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 6567.7
UpCloud 16GB 6 cores 24448.2
Contabo VPS 300 1798.5
Contabo S SSD 4435.3
Contabo M SSD 7037.9

Review and compare endurance test results for Contabo and UpCloud 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.

UpCloud Review Contabo Review
Hourly Billing  Yes No
DDOS Protection  No Yes
Backups  Yes Yes
Control Panel  Custom custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes No
Total Number of Datacenters  8 2
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 1
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