Amazon Lightsail vs OVHcloud

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We have tested 13 VPS plans from Amazon Lightsail and OVHcloud. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


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.

OVHcloud

OVHcloud was founded in 1999.
It is headquartered in France.
It offers VPS and Dedicated hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

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 Jul 19 2020
VPS Value $6.00 1 2.0 40 May 14 2020
S1-4 $8.39 1 4.0 20 May 24 2019
2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 60 3000 Apr 04 2020
S1-8 $15.59 2 8.0 40 10000 Jan 08 2020
4GB 2cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 May 16 2020
VPS Comfort $23.00 4 8.0 160 May 28 2020
B2-7 $26.40 2 7.0 50 10000 Apr 29 2020
C2-7 $38.40 2 7.0 50 10000 Feb 24 2020
8GB 2cores $40.00 2 8.0 160 5000 Feb 13 2020
VPS Elite $45.00 8 16.0 160 Jul 09 2020
B2-15 $50.40 4 15.0 100 Sep 02 2020
C2-15 $74.39 4 15.0 100 10000 Oct 17 2019
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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?

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Plan Name Web Perf Raw CPU Power Perf Stability Disk IO Perf Network Perf
1GB 1core
$5.00
B F D E D
VPS Value
$6.00
C F B B E
S1-4
$8.39
D E D E E
2GB 1core
$10.00
C F D E D
S1-8
$15.59
D D C E F
4GB 2cores
$20.00
B E D E C
VPS Comfort
$23.00
E B D C D
B2-7
$26.40
C D B E E
C2-7
$38.40
B C B E E
8GB 2cores
$40.00
B D A D C
VPS Elite
$45.00
C A C B C
B2-15
$50.40
C B C E E
C2-15
$74.39
B B A B D
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Amazon Lightsail OVHcloud
Number of instance creations in sample 9 8
Average provisioning time 41s 276s

In Depth...

These are some of the test results that make up the grades above.


Web Response Times

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from Amazon Lightsail and OVHcloud. 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
OVHcloud
C2-7 51.4 ms
VPS Value 55.4 ms
B2-15 62.7 ms
B2-7 65.4 ms
VPS Elite 69.9 ms
S1-8 74.6 ms
VPS Comfort 108 ms
Lightsail
1GB 1core 50.2 ms
2GB 1core 55.4 ms
8GB 2cores 55.9 ms
4GB 2cores 56.9 ms

Maximum HTTP Load

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from Amazon Lightsail and OVHcloud. This is the maximum rate of HTTP requests that each server handled without error.



Maximum HTTP request rate

Higher is better

Plan Max HTTP requests rate
OVHcloud
VPS Value 15 reqs/sec
S1-8 20 reqs/sec
B2-7 25 reqs/sec
C2-7 35 reqs/sec
VPS Comfort 35 reqs/sec
B2-15 60 reqs/sec
VPS Elite 100 reqs/sec
Lightsail
1GB 1core 15 reqs/sec
2GB 1core 15 reqs/sec
8GB 2cores 30 reqs/sec
4GB 2cores 30 reqs/sec

During the Web Test, we collect response time metrics, rate metrics and CPU 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 Amazon Lightsail and OVHcloud. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
OVHcloud
S1-4 302
VPS Value 328
B2-7 610
S1-8 611
C2-7 829
VPS Comfort 935
B2-15 1264
C2-15 1654
VPS Elite 2045
Lightsail
2GB 1core 327
1GB 1core 333
4GB 2cores 689
8GB 2cores 709

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
OVHcloud
S1-4 7.99
C2-7 15.61
B2-7 15.74
S1-8 18.21
B2-15 33.9
VPS Value 53.6
VPS Comfort 102
VPS Elite 214
C2-15 5168
Lightsail
1GB 1core 12.50
2GB 1core 13.38
4GB 2cores 16.70
8GB 2cores 29.19

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 OVHcloud.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Amazon Lightsail and OVHcloud 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
OVHcloud
S1-8 97.4 Mbps
S1-4 98.5 Mbps
C2-7 231 Mbps
B2-15 240 Mbps
B2-7 241 Mbps
VPS Value 244 Mbps
C2-15 244 Mbps
VPS Comfort 809 Mbps
VPS Elite 1154 Mbps
Lightsail
8GB 2cores 567 Mbps
2GB 1core 591 Mbps
1GB 1core 623 Mbps
4GB 2cores 724 Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Amazon Lightsail and OVHcloud 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
OVHcloud
VPS Value 1115
S1-4 1575
C2-7 2249
B2-7 2318
S1-8 2358
VPS Comfort 3841
B2-15 4678
C2-15 4806
VPS Elite 9020
Lightsail
1GB 1core 312
2GB 1core 1214
4GB 2cores 2464
8GB 2cores 3114

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

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