IBM Cloud vs ScalaHosting

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We have tested 7 VPS plans from IBM Cloud and ScalaHosting. We'll show which one is best based on a detailed performance analysis, on features and prices.


IBM Cloud

IBM

IBM Cloud was founded in 2007.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS, Storage and Networking hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

ScalaHosting

ScalaHosting

ScalaHosting was founded in 2007.
It is headquartered in the United States.
It employs 55 people.
It offers Managed Hosting, VPS, Web Hosting and Wordpress hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Europe
  • United States

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
2 cores 4GB $20.00 2 4.0 50 3000 Feb 24 2023
BL2.1x2 $24.00 1 2.0 100 0 Aug 30 2022
C1.1x1 $25.21 1 1.0 25 0 Mar 26 2022
4 cores 8GB $43.00 4 8.0 80 3000 Apr 10 2023
6 cores 12GB $67.00 6 12.0 120 3000 Jan 10 2023
cx2-2x4 $71.28 2 4.0 100 0 Mar 17 2023
8 cores 16GB $91.00 8 16.0 160 3000 May 25 2023

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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?

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Plan Name Web Perf Raw CPU Power Perf Stability Disk IO Perf Network Perf
2 cores 4GB
$20.00
E E D C F
BL2.1x2
$24.00
E F E E E
C1.1x1
$25.21
D F E F E
4 cores 8GB
$43.00
D C C C F
6 cores 12GB
$67.00
D B D B F
cx2-2x4
$71.28
D D C F D
8 cores 16GB
$91.00
E B E C F
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Features and Datacenters

This list is a subset of the features each provider may offer.

IBM Cloud ScalaHosting
Backups  Yes Yes
Block storage  Yes No
Object storage  Yes No
Load balancer  Yes Yes
DDoS protection  Yes Yes
Hourly Billing  Yes No
SSH Keys Setup  Yes No
Total Number of Datacenters  9 3
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 2
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CPUs

These are the CPUs we have seen in IBM Cloud and ScalaHosting instances in the past 18 months.

IBM Cloud ScalaHosting
All IBM Cloud CPUs by plan All ScalaHosting CPUs by plan
Intel Xeon Processor (Cascadelake)
Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8260 CPU @ 2.40GHz
QEMU Virtual CPU version 2.5+

Performance Consistency

The provider consistency score shows how much variation can be expected between 2 servers of the same type at the same provider. A high consistency score (>65) means the performance of all servers of the provider is consistent over many trials and many plans.

Providers who don't have enough data yet at VPSBenchmarks don't have a consistency score.

IBM Cloud ScalaHosting
Consistency Score 33 68

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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

This is the average time it took to create an instance for IBM Cloud and ScalaHosting from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

IBM Cloud ScalaHosting
Number of instance creations in sample 3 11
Average provisioning time 90s 84s

Performance in Depth...

These are some of the test results that are used to determine the grades above.

Web Response Times

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from IBM Cloud and ScalaHosting. This is the average response time measured locally on the VPS for each plan we tested.



Local Response Time per Plan

Lower is better


Maximum HTTP Load

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from IBM Cloud and ScalaHosting. This is the maximum rate of HTTP requests that each server handled without timing out.



Maximum HTTP request rate

Higher is better


During the Web Test, we collect response time metrics, rate metrics and CPU 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 IBM Cloud and ScalaHosting. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better


Sysbench Disk IO Performance

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of IBM Cloud and ScalaHosting. These are the Sysbench Disk IO Random Read test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

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 IBM Cloud and ScalaHosting.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the IBM Cloud and ScalaHosting 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

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for IBM Cloud and ScalaHosting 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

Review and compare endurance test results for IBM Cloud and ScalaHosting on the Sustained CPU Endurance Comparison page.

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