Amazon Lightsail vs UpCloud

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We have tested 9 VPS plans from Amazon Lightsail and UpCloud. This page is a summary and 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
  • UK
  • USA

Best VPS Awards

2nd Best VPS May 2019

This provider is related to Amazon EC2.

EC2 is the full featured cloud offering from Amazon.

UpCloud

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

It has datacenters in:
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Singapore
  • UK
  • USA

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 Mar 22 2019
1GB 1core $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Apr 22 2019
2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 Oct 23 2019
2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 60 3000 Oct 22 2019
4GB 2cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Aug 07 2019
4GB 2 cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Jul 20 2019
8GB 2cores $40.00 2 8.0 160 5000 May 19 2019
8GB 4 cores $40.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Dec 03 2019
16GB 6 cores $80.00 6 16.0 320 6000 Sep 01 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
1GB 1core
$5.00
F F F E D
1GB 1core
$5.00
A D A C C
2GB 1core
$10.00
B E D B C
2GB 1core
$10.00
B E E E C
4GB 2cores
$20.00
B C C D D
4GB 2 cores
$20.00
C C D C C
8GB 2cores
$40.00
B C C D C
8GB 4 cores
$40.00
B A A B B
16GB 6 cores
$80.00
A A B A C
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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 6 10
Provisioning time in seconds 44s 58s

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 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

Provider Plan Average response time
Lightsail 1GB 1core 147.0ms
Lightsail 2GB 1core 62.0ms
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 59.0ms
Lightsail 8GB 2cores 60.0ms
UpCloud 1GB 1core 60.0ms
UpCloud 2GB 1core 55.0ms
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 79.0ms
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 63.0ms
UpCloud 16GB 6 cores 51.0ms

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 UpCloud. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
Lightsail 1GB 1core 327.7
Lightsail 2GB 1core 348.6
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 709.9
Lightsail 8GB 2cores 702.5
UpCloud 1GB 1core 417.1
UpCloud 2GB 1core 404.9
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 727.9
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 1619.6
UpCloud 16GB 6 cores 2843.8

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.


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
Lightsail 1GB 1core 351.2ms
Lightsail 2GB 1core 356.0ms
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 344.8ms
Lightsail 8GB 2cores 361.0ms
UpCloud 1GB 1core 503.2ms
UpCloud 2GB 1core 499.6ms
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 484.0ms
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 507.8ms
UpCloud 16GB 6 cores 510.0ms

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


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

Provider Plan Network Download Speed
Lightsail 1GB 1core 583.3Mbps
Lightsail 2GB 1core 697.9Mbps
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 647.8Mbps
Lightsail 8GB 2cores 860.6Mbps
UpCloud 1GB 1core 761.0Mbps
UpCloud 2GB 1core 862.7Mbps
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 703.2Mbps
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 1401.5Mbps
UpCloud 16GB 6 cores 728.2Mbps

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.


Average number of operations per hour

Higher is better

Provider Plan Average ops/hour
Lightsail 1GB 1core 317.1
Lightsail 2GB 1core 1191.0
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 2477.1
Lightsail 8GB 2cores 3061.4
UpCloud 1GB 1core 1861.3
UpCloud 2GB 1core 1753.7
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 2974.4
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 6567.7
UpCloud 16GB 6 cores 24448.2

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

Amazon Lightsail Review UpCloud Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  No No
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  custom Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  13 8
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 3


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