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Amazon Lightsail vs LaunchtimeVPS


Plans

Lightsail Lightsail Lightsail LaunchtimeVPS
Plan Name 4GB 2cores 2GB 1core 1GB 1core Budget
Cost per Month ($) 20.0 10.0 5.0 14.7
Memory (GB) 4.0 2.0 1.0 1.634
Disk Space (GB) 80 60 40 20
CPU cores 2 1 1 1
Data Transfer (GB) 4000 3000 2000 15
Virtualization Xen Xen Xen Xen
Latest trial Nov 05 2018 Jan 20 2019 Sep 06 2018 Sep 27 2018

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 (cpu, disk IO, network IO...) and can be made of one or more of the metrics generated during the tests.

Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

How are grades calculated?

Lightsail Lightsail Lightsail LaunchtimeVPS
Plan Name 4GB 2cores 2GB 1core 1GB 1core Budget
Web Performance B A B D
Raw CPU Power D F F F
Performance Stability D C E C
Disk IO Performance D C E E
Network Performance C C D E

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 VPSs from Amazon Lightsail and LaunchtimeVPS. This is the average response time measured locally on the VPS for each plan we tested.


Local Response Time per Plan

Lower is better

Provider Plan Average response time
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 54.0ms
Lightsail 1GB 1core 58.3ms
Lightsail 2GB 1core 61.5ms
LaunchtimeVPS Budget 94.2ms


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 Performances

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of Amazon Lightsail and LaunchtimeVPS. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:


Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 665.4
Lightsail 1GB 1core 327.4
Lightsail 2GB 1core 324.5
LaunchtimeVPS Budget 289.1


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 Amazon Lightsail and LaunchtimeVPS.


Remote Timings

During the whole duration of the web performance test, we collected web response times from 5 different locations in the world. The chart below reports the average connection + TLS handshake latency from all 5 locations.

Note: Remote timings may not be available for all plans.

Remote Latency per Plan

Lower is better

Provider Plan Average remote request duration
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 341.0ms
Lightsail 1GB 1core 353.0ms
Lightsail 2GB 1core 339.2ms
LaunchtimeVPS Budget 322.2ms

Detailed remote timings measurements including connection time, TLS handshake time, and response time can be compared for Amazon Lightsail and LaunchtimeVPS on the Remote Timings Comparison page.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Amazon Lightsail and LaunchtimeVPS 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

Provider Plan Network Download Speed
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 416.2Mbps
Lightsail 1GB 1core 463.7Mbps
Lightsail 2GB 1core 346.8Mbps
LaunchtimeVPS Budget 74.9Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Amazon Lightsail and LaunchtimeVPS on the Network Transfers Comparison page.


Sustained CPU Endurance Tests

We pushed the CPU of those VPS plans very hard for 24 hours straight.

This kind of tests 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 are.

Note: Endurance metrics may not be available for all plans.

Average number of operations per hour

Higher is better

Provider Plan Average ops/hour
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 2208.1
Lightsail 1GB 1core 403.5
LaunchtimeVPS Budget 671.6

Review and compare endurance test results for Amazon Lightsail and LaunchtimeVPS on the Sustained CPU Endurance Comparison page.


Features and Usability

Features not included in the VPS price in plans tested at vpsbenchmarks.com will be marked as missing.

Amazon Lightsail Review LaunchtimeVPS Review
Hourly Billing  Yes No
DDOS Protection  No No
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  custom Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  4 6
Number of Datacenter Continents  1 3





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