Linode vs Ramnode

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We have tested 9 VPS plans from Linode and Ramnode. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


Linode was founded in 2003.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • India
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom
  • United States


Ramnode was founded in 2012.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Netherlands
  • United States

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
1GB $5 $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Nov 17 2019
KVM SSD Standard 1GB $5.00 2 1.0 35 2000 Mar 07 2020
OpenVZ SSD Standard 2GB $7.00 2 2.0 60 2000 Aug 07 2020
2GB $10 $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 May 02 2020
KVM Premium 2GB $12.00 1 2.0 50 3000 May 18 2020
4GB $20 $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Jul 01 2019
Dedicated 4GB $30.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Jan 28 2020
8GB $40 $40.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Jul 15 2020
Dedicated 8GB $60.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Mar 29 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?

Screen all VPS from Linode and Ramnode
Plan Name Web Perf Raw CPU Power Perf Stability Disk IO Perf Network Perf
1GB $5
KVM SSD Standard 1GB
OpenVZ SSD Standard 2GB
2GB $10
KVM Premium 2GB
4GB $20
Dedicated 4GB
8GB $40
Dedicated 8GB
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

This is the average time it took to create an instance for Linode and Ramnode from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

Linode Ramnode
Number of instance creations in sample 9 7
Average provisioning time 46s 27s

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 Linode and Ramnode. 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
Dedicated 4GB 64.8 ms
1GB $5 69.1 ms
Dedicated 8GB 70.2 ms
2GB $10 77.6 ms
8GB $40 104 ms
KVM Premium 2GB 44.1 ms
OpenVZ SSD Standard 2GB 70.3 ms
KVM SSD Standard 1GB 74.3 ms

Maximum HTTP Load

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from Linode and Ramnode. 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
2GB $10 10 reqs/sec
1GB $5 10 reqs/sec
Dedicated 4GB 30 reqs/sec
8GB $40 35 reqs/sec
Dedicated 8GB 35 reqs/sec
KVM Premium 2GB 20 reqs/sec
OpenVZ SSD Standard 2GB 25 reqs/sec
KVM SSD Standard 1GB 25 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 Linode and Ramnode. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
2GB $10 475
1GB $5 486
Dedicated 4GB 548
4GB $20 962
Dedicated 8GB 1055
8GB $40 1617
KVM Premium 2GB 473
KVM SSD Standard 1GB 508
OpenVZ SSD Standard 2GB 572

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

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

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
Dedicated 4GB 40.4
2GB $10 66.1
1GB $5 74.0
4GB $20 130
8GB $40 152
Dedicated 8GB 212
KVM SSD Standard 1GB 34.0
KVM Premium 2GB 46.3
OpenVZ SSD Standard 2GB 326

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 Linode and Ramnode.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Linode and Ramnode 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
Dedicated 8GB 761 Mbps
4GB $20 807 Mbps
2GB $10 901 Mbps
Dedicated 4GB 924 Mbps
8GB $40 1058 Mbps
1GB $5 1087 Mbps
KVM SSD Standard 1GB 323 Mbps
KVM Premium 2GB 509 Mbps
OpenVZ SSD Standard 2GB 794 Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Linode and Ramnode 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
2GB $10 1185
1GB $5 1282
Dedicated 4GB 2388
4GB $20 2588
Dedicated 8GB 3409
8GB $40 6765
OpenVZ SSD Standard 2GB 2375
KVM SSD Standard 1GB 2574
KVM Premium 2GB 3153

Review and compare endurance test results for Linode and Ramnode 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.

Linode Review Ramnode Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Mixed
DDOS Protection  Yes No
Backups  No No
Control Panel  Builtin fleio
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  11 5
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 2
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