Linode vs UpCloud

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We have tested 11 VPS plans from Linode and UpCloud. We'll show which one is best based on a detailed performance analysis, on features and prices.


Linode

Linode

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

UpCloud

UpCloud

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
Shared 1GB $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Mar 06 2022
1GB 1core $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Jun 04 2022
Shared 2GB $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 Oct 20 2022
2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 Oct 18 2022
4GB 2 cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Jul 19 2022
Shared 4GB $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Dec 20 2021
Dedicated 4GB $30.00 2 4.0 80 4000 May 19 2022
Shared 8GB $40.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Oct 13 2021
8GB 4 cores $40.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Dec 02 2022
Dedicated 8GB $60.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Aug 04 2022
16GB 6 cores $80.00 6 16.0 320 6000 Sep 03 2022

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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
Shared 1GB
$5.00
E E E D C
1GB 1core
$5.00
D E C D D
Shared 2GB
$10.00
F F E D C
2GB 1core
$10.00
C E C D D
4GB 2 cores
$20.00
D D D D C
Shared 4GB
$20.00
B C B C C
Dedicated 4GB
$30.00
E E E D B
Shared 8GB
$40.00
E B D C B
8GB 4 cores
$40.00
D B D D C
Dedicated 8GB
$60.00
C C E C B
16GB 6 cores
$80.00
D B C D C
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Features and Datacenters

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

Linode UpCloud
Backups  Yes Yes
Block storage  Yes Yes
Object storage  Yes Yes
Load balancer  Yes Yes
DDoS protection  Yes No
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  11 12
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 4
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CPUs

These are the CPUs we have seen in Linode and UpCloud instances in the past 18 months.

All Linode CPUs All UpCloud CPUs
AMD EPYC 7501 32-Core Processor
AMD EPYC 7542 32-Core Processor
AMD EPYC 7601 32-Core Processor
AMD EPYC 7642 48-Core Processor
AMD EPYC 7542 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.

Linode UpCloud
Consistency Score 52 55

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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Linode UpCloud
Number of instance creations in sample 7 12
Average provisioning time 75s 51s

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 Linode 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 Linode 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 Linode 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 Linode 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 Linode and UpCloud.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Linode 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 Linode 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

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

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