Contabo vs LunaNode

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We have tested 12 VPS plans from Contabo and LunaNode. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


Contabo

Contabo was founded in 2003.
It is headquartered in Germany.
It offers Web, Dedicated and VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Germany
  • United States

LunaNode

LunaNode was founded in 2013.
It is headquartered in Canada.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Canada
  • France

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
VPS 300 3.99€ 2 4.0 300 0 Sep 03 2019
S SSD 4.99€ 4 8.0 200 10000 Apr 21 2020
s.1 $7.00 2 1.0 20 2000 Feb 09 2020
M SSD 8.99€ 6 16.0 400 0 Aug 24 2020
s.2 $14.00 4 2.0 35 2500 Dec 16 2019
m.4 $14.00 2 4.0 35 2500 Mar 31 2020
c.1 $20.00 1 5.0 100 3000 Oct 15 2019
m.8 $28.00 4 8.0 70 3000 May 05 2020
VDS S 36.99€ 6 24.0 180 May 27 2020
m.16 $56.00 6 16.0 125 4000 Jul 11 2020
VDS M 47.99€ 8 32.0 240 Jul 07 2020
Preview VDS L 68.99€ 12 48.0 360 0 May 19 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?

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Plan Name Web Perf Raw CPU Power Perf Stability Disk IO Perf Network Perf
VPS 300
3.99€
F D C D E
S SSD
4.99€
D B E C F
s.1
$7.00
D C D B C
M SSD
8.99€
D B E D E
s.2
$14.00
C A D B C
m.4
$14.00
D C D B D
c.1
$20.00
F E D D D
m.8
$28.00
C B D C C
VDS S
36.99€
A B B B E
m.16
$56.00
D A D C E
VDS M
47.99€
B A D B C
Preview VDS L
68.99€
A A B A B
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Contabo LunaNode
Number of instance creations in sample 6 8
Average provisioning time 1770s 42s

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 Contabo and LunaNode. 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
LunaNode
m.8 67.7 ms
s.1 70.2 ms
m.4 70.4 ms
s.2 72.5 ms
m.16 79.7 ms
Contabo
VDS S 47.6 ms
Preview VDS L 48.2 ms
VDS M 57.5 ms
M SSD 92.5 ms
S SSD 95.8 ms

Maximum HTTP Load

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from Contabo and LunaNode. 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
LunaNode
s.1 25 reqs/sec
m.4 25 reqs/sec
s.2 40 reqs/sec
m.8 50 reqs/sec
m.16 60 reqs/sec
Contabo
S SSD 35 reqs/sec
M SSD 50 reqs/sec
VDS S 80 reqs/sec
VDS M 90 reqs/sec
Preview VDS L 140 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 Contabo and LunaNode. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
LunaNode
c.1 329
m.4 758
s.1 785
m.8 1563
s.2 1588
m.16 1887
Contabo
VPS 300 459
S SSD 969
M SSD 1446
VDS S 1889
VDS M 2190
Preview VDS L 3781

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
LunaNode
c.1 99.4
m.16 123
s.1 158
m.4 164
s.2 165
m.8 333
Contabo
VPS 300 110
S SSD 138
M SSD 175
VDS S 448
VDS M 579
Preview VDS L 678

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 Contabo and LunaNode.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Contabo and LunaNode 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
LunaNode
m.16 299 Mbps
c.1 387 Mbps
m.4 525 Mbps
s.2 592 Mbps
s.1 600 Mbps
m.8 753 Mbps
Contabo
VPS 300 99.9 Mbps
S SSD 195 Mbps
VDS S 248 Mbps
M SSD 340 Mbps
VDS M 459 Mbps
Preview VDS L 684 Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Contabo and LunaNode 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
LunaNode
c.1 1239
m.4 2681
s.1 2776
m.8 5477
s.2 5881
m.16 8168
Contabo
VPS 300 1798
VDS S 3318
S SSD 4070
Preview VDS L 4181
M SSD 6758
VDS M 20069

Review and compare endurance test results for Contabo and LunaNode 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.

LunaNode Review Contabo Review
Hourly Billing  Yes No
DDOS Protection  No Yes
Backups  Yes Yes
Control Panel  Custom custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes No
Total Number of Datacenters  3 3
Number of Datacenter Continents  2 2
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