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

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

OVHcloud

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 Unlimited May 14 2020
2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 60 3000 Dec 23 2020
VPS Essential $11.50 2 4.0 80 Unlimited Oct 05 2020
S1-8 $15.59 2 8.0 40 Unlimited Jan 08 2020
4GB 2cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 May 16 2020
VPS Comfort $23.00 4 8.0 160 Unlimited Feb 17 2021
B2-7 $26.40 2 7.0 50 Unlimited Apr 29 2020
C2-7 $38.40 2 7.0 50 Unlimited Dec 29 2020
8GB 2cores $40.00 2 8.0 160 5000 Oct 04 2020
VPS Elite $45.00 8 16.0 160 Unlimited Jul 09 2020
B2-15 $50.40 4 15.0 100 Unlimited Sep 02 2020
C2-15 $74.39 4 15.0 100 Unlimited Nov 15 2020

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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
2GB 1core
$10.00
D F C E D
VPS Essential
$11.50
E E D C E
S1-8
$15.59
D D C E F
4GB 2cores
$20.00
B E D E C
VPS Comfort
$23.00
B B D A B
B2-7
$26.40
C D B E E
C2-7
$38.40
B D C E D
8GB 2cores
$40.00
B E C E C
VPS Elite
$45.00
C A C B C
B2-15
$50.40
C B C E E
C2-15
$74.39
A A C D F
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CPUs

These are the CPUs we have seen in Amazon Lightsail and OVHcloud instances in the past 18 months.

All Amazon Lightsail CPUs All OVHcloud CPUs
Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2676 v3 @ 2.40GHz
Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2686 v4 @ 2.30GHz
Intel Core Processor (Haswell, no TSX)

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 8 9
Average provisioning time 46s 72s

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


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


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


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

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

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

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  8 13
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 4
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