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.
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|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|
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.
|Plan Name||Web Perf||Raw CPU Power||Perf Stability||Disk IO Perf||Network Perf|
Availability 1GB 1core
General 1GB 1 core
Availability 2GB 2 cores
Availability 2GB 4 cores
General 1GB 2 cores
Availability 4GB 4 cores
General 4GB 2 cores
General 2GB 4 cores
This is the average time it took to create an instance for Amazon EC2 and Kamatera from instance order to instance accepting connections.
|Number of instance creations in sample||9||8|
|Provisioning time in seconds||28s||368s|
The grades above are based on the following test results.
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|
|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.
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|
|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.
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|
|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.
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|
|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.
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
|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 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|
|SSH Keys Setup||Yes||No|
|Total Number of Datacenters||22||13|
|Number of Datacenter Continents||4||4|
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