Alibaba Cloud Review

Alibaba Cloud



Alibaba Cloud was founded in 2009.
It is headquartered in China.
It offers VPS, Database, Storage and Networking hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • China
  • Germany
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • SIngapore
  • UK

Features and Usability

Features not included in the VPS price are marked as missing below.

Last updated on August 23 2019.

Feature Value Comment
Hourly Billing  Yes
DDOS Protection  Yes
Backups  Yes

Snapshots are free.

Control Panel  Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  19
Number of Datacenter Continents  4
Monitoring Charts  Yes

CPU, Network, CPU credits for burstable instances.

Admin REST API  Yes
Upgrade VPS from admin console  Yes
Mobile Friendly UI  No
Accepted Forms of Payment  Credit cards, Paypal, Alipay
Hidden CPU Model  No
Affiliate Program  Yes
Firewall  Yes

Called Security Groups. They allow to choose which ports are open or closed.

In VPSBenchmark's opinion

Feature Value Comment
UI Friendliness 

Complex but comprehensive UI.

UI improved a lot during the past year (2018).

Quality of Service 

Several AliYun processes running on the VM with no option to stop them.

Alibaba Cloud Extra Services

In addition to features included in the VPS plan, Alibaba Cloud also offers the following services (possibly for a fee):

Backups   Block storage   Object storage   Load balancer   Floating IP addresses  
Teams   Datastores   Serverless   DDoS protection   Kubernetes  
GPU instances  

VPS Instance Provisioning Time

For each Alibaba Cloud VPS trial, we measured how long it took to provision the server.

See also VPS provisioning times for all providers.

Average Provisioning Time Min Provisioning Time Max Provisioning Time Number of VPS Samples
76s 30s 130s 5

Admin UI Screenshots


Cloud Storage Prices

For a comparison of storage features and prices from all providers, please check the Cloud Storage page.

Storage Type Price / GB / month Restriction Description
Block $0.080 "Capacity" type Pay as You Go Network Access Storage in US East "Performance" type NAS is $0.30/GB for Pay as you go in the US east region.
https://www.alibabacloud.com/product/nas/pricing
Object $0.018 First 5GB are free Infrequent and Archive storage option are also available for lower prices.
https://www.alibabacloud.com/product/oss/pricing
Snapshots $0.000 Currently free of charge According to this url, snapshots are free and go to block storage.
Snapshots can be scheduled.

https://www.alibabacloud.com/help/doc-detail/25391.htm

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Alibaba Cloud Plans


Plan Specifications

URL https://sp-buy-intl.aliyun.com/simple#/simple
Price per month $4.50
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 40
Num Cores 1
Memory GB 1.0
Hourly Billing No
Virtualization Unknown
Data Transfer GB 1000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

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

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 38

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Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests during the latest trial for Alibaba Cloud - 1GB 1 core. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Performance trials run on the 1GB 1 core plan

This plan was tested 3 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the 1GB 1 core plan and the web response times for every one of those.

Start of Trial Web Results Sysbench Results Avg web response time P99 web response time
Feb 10 2019 Web Sysbench 83ms 256ms
Jun 17 2018 Web Sysbench 75ms 292ms
Nov 12 2017 Web Sysbench 68ms 260ms

Public traffic fee: $ 0.076 USD per GB

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.alibabacloud.com/product/ecs#pricing
Price per month $10.08
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 40
Num Cores 1
Memory GB 1.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB Unlimited
Burstable CPU
Per core CPU allocation: 10%
Dedicated No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

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

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 28

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C F E E E
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Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests during the latest trial for Alibaba Cloud - ecs.t5-lc1m1.small. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Performance trials run on the ecs.t5-lc1m1.small plan

This plan was tested 1 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the ecs.t5-lc1m1.small plan and the web response times for every one of those.

Start of Trial Web Results Sysbench Results Avg web response time P99 web response time
Nov 16 2018 Web Sysbench 68ms 300ms

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.alibabacloud.com/product/ecs#pricing
Price per month $14.13
Warning: storage costs are not included in this price.
Warning: network bandwidth costs are not included in this price.
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
Surcharge
The on-demand price for this plan is $23.04/month, which is 63% more expensive than the monthly price.
The surcharge does not apply if the VPS is used for 30 days or more.
Disk GB 20
Num Cores 2
Memory GB 2.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB Unlimited
Burstable CPU
Per core CPU allocation: 15%
Dedicated No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

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

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 43

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Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests during the latest trial for Alibaba Cloud - ecs-t5-c1m1-large. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Performance trials run on the ecs-t5-c1m1-large plan

This plan was tested 2 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the ecs-t5-c1m1-large plan and the web response times for every one of those.

Start of Trial Web Results Sysbench Results Avg web response time P99 web response time
Sep 07 2019 Web Sysbench 63ms 225ms
Sep 09 2018 Web Sysbench 64ms 196ms

Shared Performance Compute Type

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.alibabacloud.com/product/ecs#pricing
Price per month $28.84
Warning: storage costs are not included in this price.
Warning: network bandwidth costs are not included in this price.
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
Surcharge
The on-demand price for this plan is $38.88/month, which is 34% more expensive than the monthly price.
The surcharge does not apply if the VPS is used for 30 days or more.
Disk GB 40
Num Cores 2
Memory GB 4.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 0
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

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

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 53

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
B C B E E
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Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests during the latest trial for Alibaba Cloud - ecs.n4.large. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Performance trials run on the ecs.n4.large plan

This plan was tested 1 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the ecs.n4.large plan and the web response times for every one of those.

Start of Trial Web Results Sysbench Results Avg web response time P99 web response time
Jun 17 2019 Web Sysbench 66ms 161ms

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.alibabacloud.com/product/ecs#pricing
Price per month $43.00
Warning: storage costs are not included in this price.
Warning: network bandwidth costs are not included in this price.
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
Surcharge
The on-demand price for this plan is $63.00/month, which is 46% more expensive than the monthly price.
The surcharge does not apply if the VPS is used for 30 days or more.
Disk GB 20
Num Cores 2
Memory GB 4.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 1000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

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

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 54

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
B C B E E
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests during the latest trial for Alibaba Cloud - ecs.c5.large. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Test Remote Timing Test Network Transfers Sysbench Test Endurance Test
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Performance trials run on the ecs.c5.large plan

This plan was tested 1 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the ecs.c5.large plan and the web response times for every one of those.

Start of Trial Web Results Sysbench Results Avg web response time P99 web response time
Apr 08 2019 Web Sysbench 66ms 160ms

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