Amazon EC2 Review

Features and Usability

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

Last updated on November 29 2018.

Feature Value Comment
Hourly Billing  Yes
DDOS Protection  No

Not included by default but AWS offers lots of tools to mitigate DDOS attacks for a fee.

Backups  No

Available but charged at the EBS pricing rate.

Control Panel  Builtin
SSH Keys Setup  Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  10
Number of Datacenter Continents  4
Monitoring Charts  Yes

Here again, the charts are the most detailed and varied of all providers.

Admin REST API  Yes
Upgrade VPS from admin console  No
Mobile Friendly UI  No
Reverse DNS  Yes

Possible but only on optional Elastic IP addresses. Those addresses are free while attached to an instance.

Accepted Forms of Payment  Credit cards
Hidden CPU Model  No
Affiliate Program  No
Firewall  Yes

Allows creation of "security groups" with inbound and outbound rules. A security group can be assigned to an instance.

In VPSBenchmark's opinion

Feature Value Comment
UI Friendliness 
  • Most full featured UI of all providers.
  • Many steps to go through to create a VPS.
  • Alarms can be setup for free.
Quality of Service 

Amazon EC2 Extra Services

In addition to features included in the VPS plan, Amazon EC2 also offers the following services (possibly for a fee):

Backups   Block Storage   Object Storage   Load Balancer   Floating Ips  
Teams   Datastores   Serverless   Ddos Protection  

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 $0.100 General purpose SSD AWS also offer cold HDD for $0.025/GB/month.
https://aws.amazon.com/ebs/pricing/
Object $0.020 Standard AWS S3 also offers infrequent access and Glacier object storage for lower prices.
https://aws.amazon.com/s3/pricing/

Amazon EC2 Plans


Plan Specifications

Url http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/pricing/
Cost Per Month $28.0
Hourly Billing true
Memory Gb 2.0
Disk Gb 8
Data Transfer Gb 250
Num Cores 1
Virtualization Xen
Burstable
Per core CPU allocation: 20%

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.

How are grades calculated?

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
A F C C C

Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests for Amazon EC2 - t2-small. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Test Results

This plan was tested 5 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the t2-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
Mar 24 2018 Web Sysbench 53ms 240ms
May 27 2017 Web Sysbench 45ms 207ms
Oct 16 2016 Web Sysbench 72ms 345ms
Oct 06 2014 Web Sysbench 38ms 184ms
Sep 29 2014 Web Sysbench 36ms 168ms

Plan Specifications

Url http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/pricing/
Cost Per Month $11.64
Hourly Billing true
Memory Gb 1.0
Disk Gb 10
Data Transfer Gb 100
Num Cores 1
Virtualization Xen
Burstable
Per core CPU allocation: 10%

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.

How are grades calculated?

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
B F D F C

Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests for Amazon EC2 - t2-micro. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Test Results

This plan was tested 8 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the t2-micro 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
May 06 2018 Web Sysbench 63ms 275ms
Aug 20 2017 Web Sysbench 94ms 447ms
Dec 17 2016 Web Sysbench 161ms 2150ms
May 21 2016 Web Sysbench 40ms 154ms
Dec 07 2015 Web Sysbench 31ms 134ms
Jul 19 2015 Web Sysbench 35ms 137ms
Mar 09 2015 Web Sysbench 38ms 200ms
Mar 02 2015 Web Sysbench 36ms 180ms

Plan Specifications

Url https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/pricing/on-demand/
Cost Per Month $37.0
Hourly Billing true
Memory Gb 4.0
Disk Gb 8
Data Transfer Gb 250
Num Cores 2
Virtualization KVM
Burstable
Per core CPU allocation: 20%

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.

How are grades calculated?

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
A D C C D

Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests for Amazon EC2 - t2-medium. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Test Sysbench Test Remote Timing Test Endurance Test Network Transfers
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Test Results

This plan was tested 3 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the t2-medium 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
Jul 22 2018 Web Sysbench 52ms 263ms
Jan 14 2018 Web Sysbench 52ms 230ms
Apr 08 2017 Web Sysbench 46ms 222ms

Plan Specifications

Url https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/pricing/on-demand/
Cost Per Month $37.0
Hourly Billing true
Memory Gb 4.0
Disk Gb 20
Data Transfer Gb 200
Num Cores 2
Virtualization KVM
Burstable
Per core CPU allocation: 20%

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.

How are grades calculated?

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
B D D C B

Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests for Amazon EC2 - t3-medium. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Test Results

This plan was tested 1 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the t3-medium 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
Aug 22 2018 Web Sysbench 54ms 270ms

Plan Specifications

Url https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/
Cost Per Month $65.0
Hourly Billing true
Memory Gb 8.0
Disk Gb 20
Data Transfer Gb 200
Num Cores 2
Virtualization KVM
Burstable 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.

How are grades calculated?

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
A C C B B

Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests for Amazon EC2 - m5.large. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Test Results

This plan was tested 1 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the m5.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
Nov 14 2018 Web Sysbench 50ms 280ms

Plan Specifications

Url https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/a1/
Cost Per Month $18.0
Hourly Billing true
Memory Gb 2.0
Disk Gb 20
Data Transfer Gb 100
Num Cores 1
Virtualization Nitro
Burstable No

Performance Test Results

We conducted 2 different types of tests for Amazon EC2 - a1.medium. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Sysbench Test Network Transfers
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Trials

This plan went through "light" testing 1 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all light trials run on the a1.medium plan.

Light trials are sysbench and transfer tests only.


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