Amazon EC2 vs Kamatera

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We have tested 16 VPS plans from Amazon EC2 and Kamatera. This page is a summary and comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


Amazon EC2

Amazon EC2 was founded in 2006.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS, Database, Storage and Networking hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sweden
  • UK
  • USA

This provider is related to Amazon Lightsail.

Lightsail is the low price, simple VPS offering from Amazon.

Kamatera

Kamatera was founded in 1995.
It is headquartered in Israel.
It offers VPS managed and unmanaged hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Israel
  • Netherlands
  • UK
  • USA

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
Availability 1GB 1core $4.00 1 1.0 20 5000 Aug 05 2019
t3.micro $7.49 2 1.0 20 0 Jun 03 2019
General 1GB 1 core $9.00 1 1.0 20 5000 May 21 2019
Availability 2GB 2 cores $10.00 2 2.0 20 5000 Dec 18 2019
t3.small $14.98 2 2.0 8 1000 Jan 29 2019
Availability 2GB 4 cores $18.00 4 2.0 20 5000 Oct 20 2019
a1.medium $18.36 1 2.0 20 100 Nov 28 2018
General 1GB 2 cores $19.00 2 1.0 20 5000 Jan 11 2019
Availability 4GB 4 cores $24.00 4 4.0 20 5000 Mar 17 2020
t3a.medium $27.07 2 4.0 0 0 Nov 04 2019
t3-medium $29.95 2 4.0 8 200 Jan 04 2020
General 4GB 2 cores $39.00 2 4.0 20 5000 Feb 03 2020
General 2GB 4 cores $50.00 4 2.0 20 5000 Mar 11 2019
c5.large $61.20 2 4.0 0 0 Aug 20 2019
m5a.large $62.00 2 8.0 20 100 Mar 31 2019
m5.large $69.12 2 8.0 20 200 Feb 21 2020

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
Availability 1GB 1core
$4.00
C D E D C
t3.micro
$7.49
C D E E B
General 1GB 1 core
$9.00
B E C C B
Availability 2GB 2 cores
$10.00
C D C C B
t3.small
$14.98
B C D D C
Availability 2GB 4 cores
$18.00
D A E C B
a1.medium
$18.36
- - - - -
General 1GB 2 cores
$19.00
C B D C C
Availability 4GB 4 cores
$24.00
A A C B B
t3a.medium
$27.07
E E E E C
t3-medium
$29.95
C C C D C
General 4GB 2 cores
$39.00
A B A B B
General 2GB 4 cores
$50.00
D B D C C
c5.large
$61.20
B B C D B
m5a.large
$62.00
C D D D C
m5.large
$69.12
A C A D B
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

This is the average time it took to create an instance for Amazon EC2 and Kamatera from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

Amazon EC2 Kamatera
Number of instance creations in sample 9 8
Provisioning time in seconds 28s 368s

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 Amazon EC2 and Kamatera. 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
EC2 t3.micro 72.0ms
EC2 t3.small 62.0ms
EC2 t3a.medium 103.0ms
EC2 t3-medium 70.0ms
EC2 c5.large 50.0ms
EC2 m5a.large 66.0ms
EC2 m5.large 53.0ms
Kamatera Availability 1GB 1core 73.0ms
Kamatera General 1GB 1 core 63.0ms
Kamatera Availability 2GB 2 cores 75.0ms
Kamatera Availability 2GB 4 cores 68.0ms
Kamatera General 1GB 2 cores 64.0ms
Kamatera Availability 4GB 4 cores 50.0ms
Kamatera General 4GB 2 cores 57.0ms
Kamatera General 2GB 4 cores 80.0ms

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 Amazon EC2 and Kamatera. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
EC2 t3.micro 652.5
EC2 t3.small 604.7
EC2 a1.medium 897.3
EC2 t3a.medium 501.2
EC2 t3-medium 646.7
EC2 c5.large 695.0
EC2 m5a.large 540.7
EC2 m5.large 637.5
Kamatera Availability 1GB 1core 395.2
Kamatera General 1GB 1 core 391.7
Kamatera Availability 2GB 2 cores 667.1
Kamatera Availability 2GB 4 cores 1622.9
Kamatera General 1GB 2 cores 817.5
Kamatera Availability 4GB 4 cores 1819.2
Kamatera General 4GB 2 cores 880.8
Kamatera General 2GB 4 cores 1318.2

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 Amazon EC2 and Kamatera.


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
EC2 t3.micro 357.2ms
EC2 t3.small 359.8ms
EC2 t3a.medium 346.2ms
EC2 t3-medium 347.2ms
EC2 c5.large 352.0ms
EC2 m5a.large 353.2ms
EC2 m5.large 347.0ms
Kamatera Availability 1GB 1core 333.0ms
Kamatera General 1GB 1 core 494.8ms
Kamatera Availability 2GB 2 cores 328.0ms
Kamatera Availability 2GB 4 cores 324.4ms
Kamatera General 1GB 2 cores 347.6ms
Kamatera Availability 4GB 4 cores 384.0ms
Kamatera General 4GB 2 cores 346.0ms
Kamatera General 2GB 4 cores 341.8ms

Detailed remote timings measurements including connection time, TLS handshake time, and response time can be compared for Amazon EC2 and Kamatera on the Remote Timings Comparison page.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Amazon EC2 and Kamatera 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
EC2 t3.micro 1673.2Mbps
EC2 t3.small 418.7Mbps
EC2 a1.medium 181.8Mbps
EC2 t3a.medium 691.7Mbps
EC2 t3-medium 696.2Mbps
EC2 c5.large 1592.3Mbps
EC2 m5a.large 573.8Mbps
EC2 m5.large 1461.0Mbps
Kamatera Availability 1GB 1core 1428.2Mbps
Kamatera General 1GB 1 core 2146.9Mbps
Kamatera Availability 2GB 2 cores 1668.5Mbps
Kamatera Availability 2GB 4 cores 842.6Mbps
Kamatera General 1GB 2 cores 1006.4Mbps
Kamatera Availability 4GB 4 cores 2251.5Mbps
Kamatera General 4GB 2 cores 2533.3Mbps
Kamatera General 2GB 4 cores 1051.5Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Amazon EC2 and Kamatera 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
EC2 t3.micro 2150.7
EC2 t3.small 4280.3
EC2 t3a.medium 1350.0
EC2 t3-medium 4812.8
EC2 c5.large 6196.8
EC2 m5a.large 1901.8
EC2 m5.large 5597.3
Kamatera Availability 1GB 1core 2225.8
Kamatera General 1GB 1 core 1630.8
Kamatera Availability 2GB 2 cores 2409.4
Kamatera Availability 2GB 4 cores 7933.9
Kamatera General 1GB 2 cores 4549.5
Kamatera Availability 4GB 4 cores 10997.2
Kamatera General 4GB 2 cores 7869.8
Kamatera General 2GB 4 cores 5307.4

Review and compare endurance test results for Amazon EC2 and Kamatera 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.

Amazon EC2 Review Kamatera Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  No No
Backups  No No
Control Panel  Builtin Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes No
Total Number of Datacenters  22 13
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 4
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