Linode vs UpCloud

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We have tested 10 VPS plans from Linode and UpCloud. This page is a summary and comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


Linode

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

It has datacenters in:
  • Germany
  • India
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • UK
  • USA

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
Linode 1GB $5 $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Nov 26 2018
UpCloud 1GB 1core $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Apr 22 2019
Linode 2GB $10 $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 Sep 10 2019
UpCloud 2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 Jan 23 2019
Linode 4GB $20 $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Jul 01 2019
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Jul 20 2019
Linode Dedicated 4GB $30.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Feb 20 2019
Linode 8GB $40 $40.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Apr 14 2019
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores $40.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Jun 10 2019
UpCloud 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
Linode 1GB $5
$5.00
E F C C C
UpCloud 1GB 1core
$5.00
A D A C C
Linode 2GB $10
$10.00
F F F D D
UpCloud 2GB 1core
$10.00
B D B B D
Linode 4GB $20
$20.00
B C D B B
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores
$20.00
C C D C C
Linode Dedicated 4GB
$30.00
D D C B C
Linode 8GB $40
$40.00
E B E B B
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores
$40.00
A A C B C
UpCloud 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 Linode and UpCloud from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

Linode UpCloud
Number of instance creations in sample 5 8
Provisioning time in seconds 44s 55s

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 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

Provider Plan Average response time
Linode 1GB $5 81.0ms
Linode 2GB $10 176.0ms
Linode 4GB $20 71.0ms
Linode Dedicated 4GB 71.0ms
Linode 8GB $40 86.0ms
UpCloud 1GB 1core 60.0ms
UpCloud 2GB 1core 62.0ms
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 79.0ms
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 60.0ms
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 Linode and UpCloud. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
Linode 1GB $5 293.6
Linode 2GB $10 212.4
Linode 4GB $20 962.9
Linode Dedicated 4GB 510.1
Linode 8GB $40 1873.6
UpCloud 1GB 1core 417.1
UpCloud 2GB 1core 409.2
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 727.9
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 1617.8
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 Linode 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
Linode 1GB $5 321.2ms
Linode 2GB $10 353.0ms
Linode 4GB $20 301.8ms
Linode Dedicated 4GB 324.2ms
Linode 8GB $40 328.6ms
UpCloud 1GB 1core 503.2ms
UpCloud 2GB 1core 504.2ms
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 484.0ms
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 499.4ms
UpCloud 16GB 6 cores 510.0ms

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


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

Provider Plan Network Download Speed
Linode 1GB $5 743.5Mbps
Linode 2GB $10 589.9Mbps
Linode 4GB $20 807.1Mbps
Linode Dedicated 4GB 842.7Mbps
Linode 8GB $40 813.9Mbps
UpCloud 1GB 1core 761.0Mbps
UpCloud 2GB 1core 440.8Mbps
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 703.2Mbps
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 790.3Mbps
UpCloud 16GB 6 cores 728.2Mbps

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

Provider Plan Average ops/hour
Linode 1GB $5 1313.2
Linode 2GB $10 1161.9
Linode 4GB $20 2588.7
Linode Dedicated 4GB 1912.4
Linode 8GB $40 4418.8
UpCloud 1GB 1core 1861.3
UpCloud 2GB 1core 1859.0
UpCloud 4GB 2 cores 2974.4
UpCloud 8GB 4 cores 6014.8
UpCloud 16GB 6 cores 24448.2

Review and compare endurance test results for Linode 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.

Linode Review UpCloud Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  No No
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  Builtin Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  9 8
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 3


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