Kamatera vs Amazon Lightsail

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We have tested 12 VPS plans from Kamatera and Amazon Lightsail. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


Kamatera was founded in 1995.
It is headquartered in Israel.
It offers VPS managed and unmanaged hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Israel
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

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
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

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
Availability 1GB 1core $4.00 1 1.0 20 5000 Aug 05 2019
1GB 1core $5.00 1 1.0 40 2000 Jul 19 2020
General 1GB 1 core $9.00 1 1.0 20 5000 May 01 2020
2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 60 3000 Apr 04 2020
Availability 4GB 2 cores $19.00 2 4.0 40 5000 Jun 22 2020
4GB 2cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 May 16 2020
Availability 4GB 4 cores $24.00 4 4.0 20 5000 Mar 17 2020
General 4GB 2 cores $39.00 2 4.0 20 5000 Feb 03 2020
8GB 2cores $40.00 2 8.0 160 5000 Feb 13 2020
General 2GB 4 cores $50.00 4 2.0 20 5000 Mar 11 2019
General 8GB 4 cores $90.00 4 8.0 80 5000 May 15 2020
Availability 16GB 8 cores $99.00 8 16.0 150 5000 Aug 06 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
Availability 1GB 1core
1GB 1core
General 1GB 1 core
2GB 1core
Availability 4GB 2 cores
4GB 2cores
Availability 4GB 4 cores
General 4GB 2 cores
8GB 2cores
General 2GB 4 cores
General 8GB 4 cores
Availability 16GB 8 cores
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Kamatera Amazon Lightsail
Number of instance creations in sample 10 9
Provisioning time in seconds 261s 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 Kamatera 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
1GB 1core 50.2ms
2GB 1core 55.4ms
8GB 2cores 55.9ms
4GB 2cores 56.9ms
Availability 16GB 8 cores 44.1ms
Availability 4GB 4 cores 50.4ms
General 1GB 1 core 51.2ms
Availability 4GB 2 cores 51.6ms
General 4GB 2 cores 52.7ms
General 8GB 4 cores 57.0ms

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 Kamatera 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 333.5
4GB 2cores 689.3
8GB 2cores 709.1
Availability 1GB 1core 395.2
General 1GB 1 core 438.5
General 4GB 2 cores 880.8
Availability 4GB 2 cores 893.7
General 2GB 4 cores 1318.2
General 8GB 4 cores 1729.1
Availability 4GB 4 cores 1819.2
Availability 16GB 8 cores 3455.7

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of Kamatera 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 12.5
2GB 1core 13.4
4GB 2cores 16.7
8GB 2cores 29.2
General 2GB 4 cores 36.0
General 1GB 1 core 59.2
Availability 1GB 1core 67.1
Availability 4GB 2 cores 90.8
Availability 4GB 4 cores 96.2
General 4GB 2 cores 105.3
General 8GB 4 cores 110.5
Availability 16GB 8 cores 364.6

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 Kamatera and Amazon Lightsail.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Kamatera 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 623.4Mbps
4GB 2cores 724.2Mbps
General 2GB 4 cores 1051.5Mbps
Availability 1GB 1core 1428.2Mbps
Availability 4GB 4 cores 2251.5Mbps
General 1GB 1 core 2467.3Mbps
General 4GB 2 cores 2533.3Mbps
Availability 16GB 8 cores 2558.5Mbps
Availability 4GB 2 cores 2651.8Mbps
General 8GB 4 cores 2755.3Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Kamatera 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 313.0
2GB 1core 1214.7
4GB 2cores 2465.0
8GB 2cores 3114.3
Availability 1GB 1core 2225.8
General 1GB 1 core 3396.9
General 2GB 4 cores 5307.4
Availability 4GB 2 cores 7401.0
General 4GB 2 cores 7869.8
Availability 4GB 4 cores 10997.2
General 8GB 4 cores 12123.1
Availability 16GB 8 cores 32680.5

Review and compare endurance test results for Kamatera 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
8GB 2cores 347.4ms
2GB 1core 350.0ms
Availability 1GB 1core 333.0ms
General 2GB 4 cores 341.8ms
General 4GB 2 cores 346.0ms
General 1GB 1 core 349.6ms
Availability 4GB 4 cores 384.0ms

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