Amazon Lightsail vs UpCloud

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We have tested 9 VPS plans from Amazon Lightsail and UpCloud. We'll show which one is best based on a detailed performance analysis, on features and prices.

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



UpCloud was founded in 2013.
It is headquartered in Finland.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • 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 Dec 28 2022
1GB 1core 7.00€ 1 1.0 25 1000 Mar 02 2023
2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 60 3000 Mar 30 2022
2GB 1core 13.00€ 1 2.0 50 2000 Jul 19 2023
4GB 2cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Aug 14 2022
4GB 2 cores 26.00€ 2 4.0 80 4000 Apr 18 2023
High Memory 8GB 40.00€ 2 8.0 100 2000 Jan 17 2023
8GB 4 cores 52.00€ 4 8.0 160 5000 Sep 03 2023
16GB 6 cores 96.00€ 6 16.0 320 6000 Jun 03 2023

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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
1GB 1core
2GB 1core
2GB 1core
4GB 2cores
4GB 2 cores
High Memory 8GB
8GB 4 cores
16GB 6 cores
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Features and Datacenters

This list is a subset of the features each provider may offer.

Amazon Lightsail UpCloud
Backups  Yes Yes
Block storage  Yes Yes
Object storage  No Yes
Load balancer  Yes Yes
DDoS protection  No No
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  13 12
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 4
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These are the CPUs we have seen in Amazon Lightsail and UpCloud instances in the past 18 months.

Amazon Lightsail UpCloud
All Amazon Lightsail CPUs by plan All UpCloud CPUs by plan
Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2676 v3 @ 2.40GHz
Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2686 v4 @ 2.30GHz
AMD EPYC 7542 32-Core Processor
AMD EPYC 7543 32-Core Processor
Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6136 CPU @ 3.00GHz

Performance Consistency

The provider consistency score shows how much variation can be expected between 2 servers of the same type at the same provider. A high consistency score (>65) means the performance of all servers of the provider is consistent over many trials and many plans.

Providers who don't have enough data yet at VPSBenchmarks don't have a consistency score.

Amazon Lightsail UpCloud
Consistency Score 55 45


VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Amazon Lightsail UpCloud
Number of instance creations in sample 3 12
Average provisioning time 45s 50s

Performance in Depth...

These are some of the test results that are used to determine 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 UpCloud. 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 UpCloud. This is the maximum rate of HTTP requests that each server handled without timing out.

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 UpCloud. 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 UpCloud. 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 UpCloud.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Amazon Lightsail and UpCloud 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 UpCloud 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.

Throughput variations of the endurance test over 24 hours. The coefficient of variation is the standard deviation of the test throughput divided by its average value. Low variations mean that resources allocated to the server were stable for the duration of the test and there was little contention.

Ops/hour coefficient of variation

Lower is better

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

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