Amazon Lightsail vs OVH

Amazon Lightsail
OVH

This page was updated with new data on August 14 2019.

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


VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
OVH VPS SSD 1 $3.35 1 2.0 20 1000 Nov 09 2018
Amazon Lightsail 1GB 1core $5.00 1 1.0 40 2000 Mar 22 2019
OVH VPS SSD 2 $7.99 1 4.0 40 10000 Mar 06 2019
Amazon Lightsail 2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 60 3000 Jan 20 2019
OVH VPS Cloud 1 $10.07 1 2.0 25 10000 Jul 15 2019
Amazon Lightsail 4GB 2cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Aug 07 2019
Amazon Lightsail 8GB 2cores $40.00 2 8.0 160 5000 May 19 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
OVH VPS SSD 1
$3.35
D E C E E
Amazon Lightsail 1GB 1core
$5.00
F F F F D
OVH VPS SSD 2
$7.99
D E C D E
Amazon Lightsail 2GB 1core
$10.00
B F D A C
OVH VPS Cloud 1
$10.07
D F D E E
Amazon Lightsail 4GB 2cores
$20.00
B D C B D
Amazon Lightsail 8GB 2cores
$40.00
B C C B C
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Amazon Lightsail OVH
Number of instance creations in sample 5 3
Provisioning time in seconds 45s 900s

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 Amazon Lightsail and OVH. 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
OVH VPS SSD 1 89.0ms
OVH VPS SSD 2 87.0ms
OVH VPS Cloud 1 82.0ms
Lightsail 1GB 1core 147.0ms
Lightsail 2GB 1core 61.0ms
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 59.0ms
Lightsail 8GB 2cores 60.0ms

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 Performances

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
OVH VPS SSD 1 286.4
OVH VPS SSD 2 314.3
OVH VPS Cloud 1 379.8
Lightsail 1GB 1core 327.7
Lightsail 2GB 1core 324.5
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 709.9
Lightsail 8GB 2cores 702.5

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 Amazon Lightsail and OVH.


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

Provider Plan Average remote request duration
OVH VPS SSD 1 487.2ms
OVH VPS SSD 2 469.0ms
OVH VPS Cloud 1 322.4ms
Lightsail 1GB 1core 351.2ms
Lightsail 2GB 1core 339.2ms
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 344.8ms
Lightsail 8GB 2cores 361.0ms

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


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Amazon Lightsail and OVH 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
OVH VPS SSD 1 96.9Mbps
OVH VPS SSD 2 97.7Mbps
OVH VPS Cloud 1 97.5Mbps
Lightsail 1GB 1core 583.3Mbps
Lightsail 2GB 1core 346.8Mbps
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 647.8Mbps
Lightsail 8GB 2cores 860.6Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Amazon Lightsail and OVH 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

Provider Plan Average ops/hour
OVH VPS SSD 1 1331.9
OVH VPS SSD 2 1587.8
OVH VPS Cloud 1 1190.5
Lightsail 1GB 1core 317.1
Lightsail 2GB 1core 1254.3
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 2477.1
Lightsail 8GB 2cores 3061.4

Review and compare endurance test results for Amazon Lightsail and OVH 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.

OVH Review Amazon Lightsail Review
Hourly Billing  No Yes
DDOS Protection  Yes No
Backups  No No
Control Panel  Builtin custom
SSH Keys Setup  No Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  6 13
Number of Datacenter Continents  2 4


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