IBM Cloud vs UpCloud

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We have tested 7 VPS plans from IBM Cloud and UpCloud. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


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
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

UpCloud

UpCloud

UpCloud was founded in 2013.
It is headquartered in Finland.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
1GB 1core $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Jul 30 2020
2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 May 08 2020
4GB 2 cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Sep 11 2020
BL2.1x2 $25.91 1 2.0 100 0 Nov 02 2020
8GB 4 cores $40.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Jun 15 2020
cx2-2x4 $69.14 2 4.0 100 0 Aug 22 2020
16GB 6 cores $80.00 6 16.0 320 6000 Oct 24 2020

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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
1GB 1core
$5.00
B D C B A
2GB 1core
$10.00
B D B B C
4GB 2 cores
$20.00
B B A B A
BL2.1x2
$25.91
C E B C D
8GB 4 cores
$40.00
D A D B B
cx2-2x4
$69.14
C E D E D
16GB 6 cores
$80.00
B A C B C
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CPUs

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

All IBM Cloud CPUs All UpCloud CPUs
Intel Core Processor (Broadwell, IBRS)
Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6140 CPU @ 2.30GHz
AMD EPYC 7542 32-Core Processor
Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6136 CPU @ 3.00GHz

VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

IBM Cloud UpCloud
Number of instance creations in sample 2 13
Average provisioning time 70s 66s

In Depth...

These are some of the test results that make up 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 UpCloud. 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 UpCloud. This is the maximum rate of HTTP requests that each server handled without error.



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 UpCloud. 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 UpCloud. 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 UpCloud.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the IBM Cloud and UpCloud 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 UpCloud 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 UpCloud 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.

UpCloud Review IBM Cloud Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  No No
Backups  Yes No
Control Panel  Custom Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  11 6
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 4
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