IONOS by 1&1 vs Amazon Lightsail

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We have tested 14 VPS plans from IONOS by 1&1 and Amazon Lightsail. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


IONOS by 1&1

1and1

IONOS by 1&1 was founded in 1988.
It is headquartered in Germany.
It employs 7000 people.
It offers Web, Wordpress, Dedicated and VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Amazon Lightsail

Lightsail

Amazon Lightsail was founded in 2016.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Best VPS Awards

2nd Best VPS May 2019

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 40 2000 Jul 19 2020
VPS M $5.00 2 2.0 80 May 26 2020
Cloud Server S $8.00 1 1.0 40 10000 Nov 17 2020
2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 60 3000 Apr 04 2020
VPS L $15.00 2 4.0 120 Apr 08 2020
VPS M RAM $15.00 2 6.0 80 Oct 08 2020
Cloud Server M $16.00 2 2.0 60 Aug 29 2019
4GB 2cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 May 16 2020
Cloud Server L $24.00 2 4.0 80 9999 May 04 2020
VPS XL $25.00 4 8.0 160 Aug 19 2020
8GB 2cores $40.00 2 8.0 160 5000 Oct 04 2020
Cloud Server RAM L $40.00 2 8.0 80 Jan 11 2020
Cloud Server XL $50.00 4 8.0 120 9999 Feb 27 2020
Cloud Server XXL $100.00 8 16.0 160 Jul 05 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 F D E D
VPS M
$5.00
B B C B E
Cloud Server S
$8.00
D E C C E
2GB 1core
$10.00
C F D E D
VPS L
$15.00
B B A B D
VPS M RAM
$15.00
C C B B E
Cloud Server M
$16.00
A B B B D
4GB 2cores
$20.00
B E D E C
Cloud Server L
$24.00
B B A B D
VPS XL
$25.00
C B C B F
8GB 2cores
$40.00
B E C E C
Cloud Server RAM L
$40.00
B B A B D
Cloud Server XL
$50.00
A A A B D
Cloud Server XXL
$100.00
C A D B E
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CPUs

These are the CPUs we have seen in IONOS by 1&1 and Amazon Lightsail instances in the past 18 months.

All IONOS by 1&1 CPUs All Amazon Lightsail CPUs
Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2660 v4 @ 2.00GHz
Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 5120 CPU @ 2.20GHz
Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2676 v3 @ 2.40GHz
Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2686 v4 @ 2.30GHz

VPS Instance Provisioning Time

This is the average time it took to create an instance for IONOS by 1&1 and Amazon Lightsail from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

IONOS by 1&1 Amazon Lightsail
Number of instance creations in sample 12 8
Average provisioning time 166s 41s

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 IONOS by 1&1 and Amazon Lightsail. 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 IONOS by 1&1 and Amazon Lightsail. 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 IONOS by 1&1 and Amazon Lightsail. 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 IONOS by 1&1 and Amazon Lightsail. 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 IONOS by 1&1 and Amazon Lightsail.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the IONOS by 1&1 and Amazon Lightsail 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 IONOS by 1&1 and Amazon Lightsail 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 IONOS by 1&1 and Amazon Lightsail 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.

Amazon Lightsail Review IONOS by 1&1 Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Mixed
DDOS Protection  No No
Backups  No No
Control Panel  custom Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  13 4
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 2
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