Google Compute Engine vs Linode

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We have tested 13 VPS plans from Google Compute Engine and Linode. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine was founded in 2008.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS, Database, Storage and Networking hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Qatar
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Linode

Linode was founded in 2003.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS hosting products.

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

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
1GB $5 $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Nov 17 2019
2GB $10 $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 May 02 2020
g1-small $13.13 1 1.7 10 100 Jul 21 2020
4GB $20 $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Jul 01 2019
n1-standard-1 $24.27 1 3.75 20 100 Oct 28 2019
e2-medium $24.46 2 4.0 40 Apr 14 2020
Dedicated 4GB $30.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Jan 28 2020
e2-highcpu-2 $36.11 2 2.0 0 0 Dec 30 2019
n1-highcpu-2 $36.23 2 1.8 20 100 May 31 2019
8GB $40 $40.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Jul 15 2020
n2-highcpu-2 $41.87 2 2.0 0 0 May 23 2020
n1-standard-2 $48.55 2 7.5 10 100 Feb 20 2020
Dedicated 8GB $60.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Mar 29 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
1GB $5
$5.00
E E E B B
2GB $10
$10.00
E E C C C
g1-small
$13.13
D E C E E
4GB $20
$20.00
B C D B B
n1-standard-1
$24.27
E D D E D
e2-medium
$24.46
D C B E D
Dedicated 4GB
$30.00
C D B C B
e2-highcpu-2
$36.11
C C B E D
n1-highcpu-2
$36.23
C C B E C
8GB $40
$40.00
E B D C C
n2-highcpu-2
$41.87
B B B E C
n1-standard-2
$48.55
D D B E C
Dedicated 8GB
$60.00
C B C B B
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

This is the average time it took to create an instance for Google Compute Engine and Linode from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

Google Compute Engine Linode
Number of instance creations in sample 9 10
Provisioning time in seconds 20s 46s

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 Google Compute Engine and Linode. This is the average response time measured locally on the VPS for each plan we tested.



Local Response Time per Plan

Lower is better

Plan Average response time
Linode
Dedicated 4GB 64.8ms
1GB $5 69.1ms
Dedicated 8GB 70.2ms
2GB $10 77.6ms
8GB $40 104.0ms
GCE
n2-highcpu-2 49.8ms
e2-highcpu-2 55.7ms
e2-medium 63.9ms
g1-small 65.5ms
n1-standard-1 68.4ms
n1-standard-2 71.2ms

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 Performance

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
Linode
2GB $10 475.3
1GB $5 486.2
Dedicated 4GB 548.9
4GB $20 962.9
Dedicated 8GB 1055.2
8GB $40 1617.6
GCE
g1-small 258.3
n1-standard-2 307.7
n1-standard-1 367.9
e2-medium 521.8
n1-highcpu-2 540.4
e2-highcpu-2 545.2
n2-highcpu-2 669.0

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of Google Compute Engine and Linode. These are the Sysbench Disk IO Random Read test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
Linode
Dedicated 4GB 40.4
2GB $10 66.1
1GB $5 74.0
4GB $20 130.7
8GB $40 152.8
Dedicated 8GB 212.1
GCE
g1-small 11.7
n1-highcpu-2 11.7
e2-highcpu-2 11.8
n2-highcpu-2 12.1
n1-standard-1 14.3
e2-medium 14.4
n1-standard-2 23.0

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 Google Compute Engine and Linode.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Google Compute Engine and Linode 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

Plan Network Download Speed
Linode
Dedicated 8GB 761.9Mbps
4GB $20 807.1Mbps
2GB $10 901.8Mbps
Dedicated 4GB 924.6Mbps
8GB $40 1058.3Mbps
1GB $5 1087.7Mbps
GCE
n1-standard-1 269.5Mbps
e2-highcpu-2 432.4Mbps
e2-medium 477.9Mbps
n2-highcpu-2 558.8Mbps
g1-small 601.1Mbps
n1-standard-2 635.7Mbps
n1-highcpu-2 889.9Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Google Compute Engine and Linode 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

Plan Average ops/hour
Linode
2GB $10 1185.1
1GB $5 1282.0
Dedicated 4GB 2388.7
4GB $20 2588.7
Dedicated 8GB 3409.4
8GB $40 6765.3
GCE
n1-standard-1 3248.0
g1-small 3290.4
n1-standard-2 4523.6
e2-medium 4792.2
n1-highcpu-2 4793.4
e2-highcpu-2 5107.2
n2-highcpu-2 5688.7

Review and compare endurance test results for Google Compute Engine and Linode on the Sustained CPU Endurance Comparison page.


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

Plan Average remote request duration
Linode
4GB $20 301.8ms
Dedicated 8GB 334.6ms
1GB $5 342.6ms
Dedicated 4GB 365.6ms
GCE
e2-highcpu-2 299.4ms
e2-medium 299.4ms
n1-standard-2 301.4ms
n1-standard-1 318.2ms
n1-highcpu-2 344.0ms

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

Linode Review Google Compute Engine 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  11 20
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 4
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