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UpCloud vs BuyVM


UpCloud UpCloud UpCloud BuyVM
Name 1GB 1core 2GB 2 cores 2GB 1core Slice 2048
Cost per Month ($) 5.0 20.0 10.0 7.0
Memory (GB) 1.0 4.0 2.0 2.0
Disk Space (GB) 25 80 50 40
CPU cores 1 2 1 1
Data Transfer (GB) 1000 4000 2000 10000
Virtualization KVM KVM KVM KVM
Latest trial Apr 08 2018 May 23 2018 Jun 22 2018 Oct 14 2017

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 (cpu, disk IO, network IO...) and can be made of one or more of the metrics generated during the tests.

Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

How are grades calculated?

UpCloud UpCloud UpCloud BuyVM
Name 1GB 1core 2GB 2 cores 2GB 1core Slice 2048
Web Performance A A A E
Raw CPU Power E C E E
Performance Stability C C C E
Disk IO Performance B B A E
Network Performance C E D -

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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 VPSs from UpCloud and BuyVM. 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
UpCloud 2GB 1core 52.8ms
UpCloud 2GB 2 cores 56.2ms
UpCloud 1GB 1core 58.0ms
BuyVM Slice 2048 142.6ms

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.

Remote Timings

During the whole duration of the web performance test, we collected web response times from 5 different locations in the world. The chart below reports the average connection + TLS handshake latency from all 5 locations.

Note: Remote timings may not be available for all plans.

Remote Latency per Plan

Lower is better

Provider Plan Average remote request duration
UpCloud 2GB 1core 330.0ms
UpCloud 2GB 2 cores 329.8ms
UpCloud 1GB 1core 331.8ms

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

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the UpCloud and BuyVM 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
UpCloud 2GB 1core 372.6Mbps
UpCloud 2GB 2 cores 284.7Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for UpCloud and BuyVM on the Network Transfers Comparison page.

Sysbench CPU Performances

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of UpCloud and BuyVM. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
UpCloud 2GB 1core 388.2
UpCloud 2GB 2 cores 791.7
UpCloud 1GB 1core 405.3
BuyVM Slice 2048 399.8

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 UpCloud and BuyVM.

Sustained CPU Endurance Tests

We pushed the CPU of those VPS plans very hard for 24 hours straight.

This kind of tests 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 are.

Note: Endurance metrics may not be available for all plans.

Average number of operations per hour

Higher is better

Provider Plan Average ops/hour
UpCloud 2GB 1core 1813.8
UpCloud 2GB 2 cores 3474.6
UpCloud 1GB 1core 1837.8

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

Features and Usability

Features not included in the VPS price in plans tested at vpsbenchmarks.com will be marked as missing.

UpCloud Review BuyVM Review
Hourly Billing  Yes No
DDOS Protection  No No
Backups  Yes No
Control Panel  Custom Stallion
SSH Keys Setup  Yes No
Total Number of Datacenters  7 3
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 2

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