Genesis VMs vs Amazon Lightsail

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We have tested 7 VPS plans from Genesis VMs and Amazon Lightsail. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.

Genesis VMs

Genesis VMs was founded in 1997.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS, Storage and Networking hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • USA

This provider is related to Genesis Public Cloud.

Genesis Public Cloud offers cloud servers billed every 30 seconds with a large array of features..

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
1GB 1core $5.00 1 1.0 40 2000 Dec 26 2019
vm.t5sd.4xlarge $9.00 1 8.0 100 5000 Jan 26 2020
2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 60 3000 Apr 04 2020
4GB 2cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 May 16 2020
vm.c5sd.xlarge $20.00 2 8.0 100 5000 Feb 25 2020
8GB 2cores $40.00 2 8.0 160 5000 Feb 13 2020
vm.c5sd.2xlarge $40.00 4 16.0 200 5000 May 29 2020

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
1GB 1core
2GB 1core
4GB 2cores
8GB 2cores
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Genesis VMs Amazon Lightsail
Number of instance creations in sample 3 9
Provisioning time in seconds 55s 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 Genesis VMs 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
2GB 1core 55.4ms
8GB 2cores 55.9ms
4GB 2cores 56.9ms
1GB 1core 59.5ms
vm.t5sd.4xlarge 40.8ms
vm.c5sd.2xlarge 42.2ms
vm.c5sd.xlarge 43.8ms

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 Genesis VMs and Amazon Lightsail. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
2GB 1core 327.3
1GB 1core 329.3
4GB 2cores 689.3
8GB 2cores 709.1
vm.t5sd.4xlarge 480.7
vm.c5sd.xlarge 1012.4
vm.c5sd.2xlarge 2031.8

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

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

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
1GB 1core 12.2
2GB 1core 13.4
4GB 2cores 16.7
8GB 2cores 29.2
vm.t5sd.4xlarge 16.5
vm.c5sd.xlarge 18.9
vm.c5sd.2xlarge 29.1

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 Genesis VMs and Amazon Lightsail.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Genesis VMs 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
8GB 2cores 567.4Mbps
2GB 1core 591.7Mbps
1GB 1core 643.8Mbps
4GB 2cores 724.2Mbps
vm.c5sd.xlarge 718.4Mbps
vm.c5sd.2xlarge 934.9Mbps
vm.t5sd.4xlarge 1246.1Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Genesis VMs 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
1GB 1core 288.2
2GB 1core 1214.7
4GB 2cores 2465.0
8GB 2cores 3114.3
vm.t5sd.4xlarge 4482.7
vm.c5sd.xlarge 8849.4
vm.c5sd.2xlarge 17578.6

Review and compare endurance test results for Genesis VMs 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
4GB 2cores 343.8ms
1GB 1core 344.0ms
8GB 2cores 347.4ms
2GB 1core 350.0ms
vm.c5sd.xlarge 322.8ms
vm.t5sd.4xlarge 323.8ms

Detailed remote timings measurements including connection time, TLS handshake time, and response time can be compared for Genesis VMs 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 Genesis VMs Review
Hourly Billing  Yes No
DDOS Protection  No Yes
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  custom WHMCS
SSH Keys Setup  Yes No
Total Number of Datacenters  13 1
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 1
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