A2 Hosting vs UpCloud

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We have tested 5 VPS plans from A2 Hosting and UpCloud. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.

A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting was founded in 2001.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers Shared, Wordpress, VPS and Dedicated hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Netherlands
  • Singapore
  • United States


UpCloud was founded in 2013.
It is headquartered in Finland.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
1GB 1core $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Jul 30 2020
2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 May 08 2020
4GB 2 cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Sep 11 2020
8GB 4 cores $40.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Jun 15 2020
16GB 6 cores $80.00 6 16.0 320 6000 Apr 12 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
1GB 1core
2GB 1core
4GB 2 cores
8GB 4 cores
16GB 6 cores
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

This is the average time it took to create an instance for A2 Hosting and UpCloud from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

A2 Hosting UpCloud
Number of instance creations in sample 0 13
Average provisioning time 0s 64s

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 A2 Hosting 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

Plan Average response time
4GB 2 cores 42.6 ms
1GB 1core 43.4 ms
2GB 1core 46.4 ms
16GB 6 cores 54.6 ms
8GB 4 cores 75.3 ms

Maximum HTTP Load

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from A2 Hosting and UpCloud. 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
1GB 1core 20 reqs/sec
2GB 1core 20 reqs/sec
4GB 2 cores 40 reqs/sec
8GB 4 cores 50 reqs/sec
16GB 6 cores 100 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 A2 Hosting and UpCloud. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
1GB 1core 378
2GB 1core 468
4GB 2 cores 1269
8GB 4 cores 1793
16GB 6 cores 2365

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of A2 Hosting and UpCloud. These are the Sysbench Disk IO Random Read test results:

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
1GB 1core 151
4GB 2 cores 200
2GB 1core 222
8GB 4 cores 285
16GB 6 cores 622

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 A2 Hosting and UpCloud.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the A2 Hosting 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

Plan Network Download Speed
2GB 1core 617 Mbps
16GB 6 cores 717 Mbps
8GB 4 cores 898 Mbps
4GB 2 cores 921 Mbps
1GB 1core 928 Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for A2 Hosting 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

Plan Average ops/hour
1GB 1core 4041
2GB 1core 4095
4GB 2 cores 8336
16GB 6 cores 10197
8GB 4 cores 15849

Review and compare endurance test results for A2 Hosting 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.

A2 Hosting Review UpCloud Review
Hourly Billing  No Yes
DDOS Protection  No No
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  Builtin + SolusVM Custom
SSH Keys Setup  No Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  4 8
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 3
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