Scaleway vs Vultr

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We have tested 11 VPS plans from Scaleway and Vultr. This page is a summary and comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


Scaleway

Scaleway was founded in 2015.
It is headquartered in France.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • France
  • Netherlands

Vultr

Vultr was founded in 2014.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS and Dedicated hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Singapore
  • UK
  • USA

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
DEV1-S €2.99 2 2.0 20 0 Oct 25 2019
VC2 1GB $5 $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Dec 29 2018
DEV1-M €7.99 3 4.0 40 10000 Dec 28 2019
VC2 2GB $10 $10.00 1 2.0 55 2000 Dec 23 2019
High Frequency 2GB $12.00 1 2.0 64 2000 Jun 21 2019
DEV1-L €15.99 4 8.0 80 0 Aug 09 2019
VC2 4GB $20 $20.00 2 4.0 80 3000 May 05 2019
High Frequency 4GB $24.00 2 4.0 128 3000 Aug 23 2019
VC2 8GB $40 $40.00 4 8.0 160 4000 Feb 07 2020
GP1-XS €39.00 4 16.0 150 Feb 17 2020
High Frequency 8GB $48.00 3 8.0 256 4000 Oct 30 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
DEV1-S
€2.99
F D D E C
VC2 1GB $5
$5.00
D E C C B
DEV1-M
€7.99
D C B D C
VC2 2GB $10
$10.00
B D B C C
High Frequency 2GB
$12.00
B D C B B
DEV1-L
€15.99
F D D E E
VC2 4GB $20
$20.00
C B D B B
High Frequency 4GB
$24.00
A B B A C
VC2 8GB $40
$40.00
C B B C C
GP1-XS
€39.00
C B D C C
High Frequency 8GB
$48.00
A A A B B
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Scaleway Vultr
Number of instance creations in sample 6 9
Provisioning time in seconds 35s 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 Scaleway and Vultr. 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
Vultr VC2 1GB $5 76.0ms
Vultr VC2 2GB $10 60.0ms
Vultr High Frequency 2GB 46.0ms
Vultr VC2 4GB $20 65.0ms
Vultr High Frequency 4GB 39.0ms
Vultr VC2 8GB $40 83.0ms
Vultr High Frequency 8GB 52.0ms
Scaleway DEV1-S 133.0ms
Scaleway DEV1-M 110.0ms
Scaleway DEV1-L 169.0ms
Scaleway GP1-XS 79.0ms

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 Scaleway and Vultr. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
Vultr VC2 1GB $5 313.1
Vultr VC2 2GB $10 413.3
Vultr High Frequency 2GB 448.9
Vultr VC2 4GB $20 775.4
Vultr High Frequency 4GB 1029.6
Vultr VC2 8GB $40 1203.2
Vultr High Frequency 8GB 1302.3
Scaleway DEV1-S 820.4
Scaleway DEV1-M 1262.6
Scaleway DEV1-L 750.9
Scaleway GP1-XS 2134.8

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 Scaleway and Vultr.


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
Vultr VC2 1GB $5 338.8ms
Vultr VC2 2GB $10 352.2ms
Vultr High Frequency 2GB 380.2ms
Vultr VC2 4GB $20 365.0ms
Vultr High Frequency 4GB 338.8ms
Vultr VC2 8GB $40 335.2ms
Vultr High Frequency 8GB 337.8ms
Scaleway DEV1-S 461.0ms
Scaleway DEV1-M 446.4ms
Scaleway DEV1-L 453.6ms
Scaleway GP1-XS 607.2ms

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


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Scaleway and Vultr 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
Vultr VC2 1GB $5 1255.7Mbps
Vultr VC2 2GB $10 719.5Mbps
Vultr High Frequency 2GB 1499.2Mbps
Vultr VC2 4GB $20 1361.1Mbps
Vultr High Frequency 4GB 630.3Mbps
Vultr VC2 8GB $40 887.0Mbps
Vultr High Frequency 8GB 740.1Mbps
Scaleway DEV1-S 960.7Mbps
Scaleway DEV1-M 884.8Mbps
Scaleway DEV1-L 330.0Mbps
Scaleway GP1-XS 1496.8Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Scaleway and Vultr 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
Vultr VC2 1GB $5 1402.5
Vultr VC2 2GB $10 3645.2
Vultr High Frequency 2GB 3386.5
Vultr VC2 4GB $20 7268.1
Vultr High Frequency 4GB 6513.5
Vultr VC2 8GB $40 5340.8
Vultr High Frequency 8GB 7961.0
Scaleway DEV1-S 1382.8
Scaleway DEV1-M 2081.1
Scaleway DEV1-L 1420.8
Scaleway GP1-XS 3339.7

Review and compare endurance test results for Scaleway and Vultr 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.

Vultr Review Scaleway Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  No Yes
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  Builtin Builtin
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  16 2
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 1
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