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Dreamhost vs Google Compute Engine


Plans

Google Compute Engine Google Compute Engine Google Compute Engine Dreamhost Dreamhost
Name g1-small n1-standard-1 n1-standard-2 gp1_subsonic gp1_supersonic
Cost per Month ($) 27.0 41.5 72.0 6.0 12.0
Memory (GB) 1.7 3.75 7.5 1.0 2.0
Disk Space (GB) 10 10 10 80 80
CPU cores 1 1 2 1 1
Data Transfer (GB) 100 100 100 3000 10000
Virtualization KVM KVM KVM KVM KVM
Latest trial Aug 16 2018 Jan 07 2018 Jul 05 2018 Oct 01 2017 Sep 15 2018

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?

Google Compute Engine Google Compute Engine Google Compute Engine Dreamhost Dreamhost
Name g1-small n1-standard-1 n1-standard-2 gp1_subsonic gp1_supersonic
Web Performance C B C F C
Raw CPU Power F E C F F
Performance Stability C B B E B
Disk IO Performance C C C F C
Network Performance D D C - E

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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 Dreamhost 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
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-1 64.3ms
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-2 66.0ms
Google Compute Engine g1-small 70.3ms
Dreamhost gp1_supersonic 71.0ms
Dreamhost gp1_subsonic 122.0ms


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.


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
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-1 354.4ms
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-2 296.8ms
Google Compute Engine g1-small 301.0ms
Dreamhost gp1_supersonic 375.4ms

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


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Dreamhost 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
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-2 406.9Mbps
Google Compute Engine g1-small 432.5Mbps
Dreamhost gp1_supersonic 120.8Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Dreamhost and Google Compute Engine on the Network Transfers Comparison page.


Sysbench CPU Performances

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of Dreamhost and Google Compute Engine. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:


Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-1 382.1
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-2 611.0
Google Compute Engine g1-small 350.4
Dreamhost gp1_supersonic 287.0
Dreamhost gp1_subsonic 284.8


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 Dreamhost and Google Compute Engine.


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
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-1 1564.9
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-2 4204.8
Google Compute Engine g1-small 1468.1
Dreamhost gp1_supersonic 1388.3

Review and compare endurance test results for Dreamhost and Google Compute Engine 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 Dreamhost Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  Yes Yes
Backups  No No
Control Panel  Builtin Builtin
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  12 4
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 1





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