LayerStack vs Scaleway

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We have tested 6 VPS plans from LayerStack and Scaleway. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.



LayerStack was founded in 2017.
It is headquartered in Hong Kong.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • China
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • United States

Best VPS Awards

3rd Best Value July 2020



Scaleway was founded in 2015.
It is headquartered in France.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • Poland

Best VPS Awards

2nd Best Value June 2020

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
DEV1-S 4.99€ 2 2.0 20 0 Jun 03 2020
DEV1-M 9.99€ 3 4.0 40 10000 Aug 09 2020
DEV1-L 19.99€ 4 8.0 80 0 Apr 06 2020
R108-HK $28.06 2 4.0 150 5000 Jul 24 2020
GP1-XS 45.49€ 4 16.0 150 Oct 28 2020
R208-HK $53.80 4 12.0 250 6000 Oct 07 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
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These are the CPUs we have seen in LayerStack and Scaleway instances in the past 18 months.

All LayerStack CPUs All Scaleway CPUs
AMD EPYC Processor (with IBPB) AMD EPYC 7281 16-Core Processor
AMD EPYC 7401P 24-Core Processor

VPS Instance Provisioning Time

This is the average time it took to create an instance for LayerStack and Scaleway from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

LayerStack Scaleway
Number of instance creations in sample 2 9
Average provisioning time 35s 32s

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 LayerStack and Scaleway. 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 LayerStack and Scaleway. 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 LayerStack and Scaleway. 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 LayerStack and Scaleway. 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 LayerStack and Scaleway.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the LayerStack and Scaleway 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 LayerStack and Scaleway 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 LayerStack and Scaleway 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.

Scaleway Review LayerStack Review
Hourly Billing  Yes No
DDOS Protection  Yes No
Backups  Yes No
Control Panel  Builtin Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  3 4
Number of Datacenter Continents  1 2
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