Aruba Cloud vs Amazon Lightsail

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We have tested 10 VPS plans from Aruba Cloud and Amazon Lightsail. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


Aruba Cloud

Aruba Cloud was founded in 1994.
It is headquartered in Italy.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • United Kingdom

Amazon 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
  • UK
  • USA

Best VPS Awards

2nd Best VPS May 2019

This provider is related to Amazon EC2.

EC2 is the full featured cloud offering from Amazon.


VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
Cloud VPS Small €2.79 1 1.0 20 2000 May 11 2020
1GB 1core $5.00 1 1.0 40 2000 Dec 26 2019
Cloud VPS Medium €6.50 1 2.0 40 5000 Mar 23 2020
2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 60 3000 Apr 04 2020
Cloud VPS Large €12.50 2 4.0 80 12000 Dec 21 2019
4GB 2cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 May 16 2020
Cloud VPS XLarge €25.00 4 8.0 160 25000 Feb 11 2020
8GB 2cores $40.00 2 8.0 160 5000 Feb 13 2020
Cloud PRO 4GB 2 cores €43.20 2 4.0 40 Apr 30 2020
Cloud PRO 4GB 4 cores €63.36 4 4.0 20 Nov 13 2019

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
Cloud VPS Small
€2.79
E F C C D
1GB 1core
$5.00
D F D E D
Cloud VPS Medium
€6.50
E F C B D
2GB 1core
$10.00
C F D E D
Cloud VPS Large
€12.50
D D B B C
4GB 2cores
$20.00
B E D E C
Cloud VPS XLarge
€25.00
C B C B C
8GB 2cores
$40.00
B D A D C
Cloud PRO 4GB 2 cores
€43.20
B B A C A
Cloud PRO 4GB 4 cores
€63.36
A A B B A
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

This is the average time it took to create an instance for Aruba Cloud and Amazon Lightsail from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

Aruba Cloud Amazon Lightsail
Number of instance creations in sample 10 9
Provisioning time in seconds 183s 41s

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 Aruba Cloud 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

Plan Average response time
Lightsail
2GB 1core 55.4ms
8GB 2cores 55.9ms
4GB 2cores 56.9ms
1GB 1core 59.5ms
Aruba
Cloud PRO 4GB 4 cores 49.7ms
Cloud PRO 4GB 2 cores 50.7ms
Cloud VPS XLarge 73.1ms
Cloud VPS Small 75.4ms
Cloud VPS Medium 76.2ms
Cloud VPS Large 76.4ms

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 Aruba Cloud and Amazon Lightsail. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
Lightsail
2GB 1core 327.3
1GB 1core 329.3
4GB 2cores 689.3
8GB 2cores 709.1
Aruba
Cloud VPS Small 228.5
Cloud VPS Medium 241.5
Cloud VPS Large 510.3
Cloud PRO 4GB 2 cores 764.1
Cloud VPS XLarge 993.3
Cloud PRO 4GB 4 cores 1531.6

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
Lightsail
1GB 1core 12.2
2GB 1core 13.4
4GB 2cores 16.7
8GB 2cores 29.2
Aruba
Cloud VPS Small 65.4
Cloud VPS Medium 69.9
Cloud VPS Large 80.3
Cloud PRO 4GB 4 cores 94.4
Cloud PRO 4GB 2 cores 107.2
Cloud VPS XLarge 121.5

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 Aruba Cloud and Amazon Lightsail.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Aruba Cloud 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

Plan Network Download Speed
Lightsail
8GB 2cores 567.4Mbps
2GB 1core 591.7Mbps
1GB 1core 643.8Mbps
4GB 2cores 724.2Mbps
Aruba
Cloud VPS Medium 684.5Mbps
Cloud VPS Small 793.0Mbps
Cloud VPS Large 807.4Mbps
Cloud VPS XLarge 836.4Mbps
Cloud PRO 4GB 4 cores 1281.1Mbps
Cloud PRO 4GB 2 cores 1367.9Mbps

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

Plan Average ops/hour
Lightsail
1GB 1core 288.2
2GB 1core 1214.7
4GB 2cores 2465.0
8GB 2cores 3114.3
Aruba
Cloud VPS Small 1103.6
Cloud VPS Medium 1134.7
Cloud VPS Large 2283.5
Cloud PRO 4GB 2 cores 4306.5
Cloud VPS XLarge 4542.8
Cloud PRO 4GB 4 cores 8626.5

Review and compare endurance test results for Aruba Cloud and Amazon Lightsail 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
Lightsail
4GB 2cores 343.8ms
1GB 1core 344.0ms
8GB 2cores 347.4ms
2GB 1core 350.0ms
Aruba
Cloud PRO 4GB 4 cores 517.2ms
Cloud VPS Large 524.2ms
Cloud VPS XLarge 533.4ms
Cloud VPS Small 540.4ms
Cloud VPS Medium 580.2ms

Detailed remote timings measurements including connection time, TLS handshake time, and response time can be compared for Aruba Cloud and Amazon Lightsail 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.

Amazon Lightsail Review Aruba Cloud Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Mixed
DDOS Protection  No Yes
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  custom Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  13 8
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 1
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