UpCloud VPS Review

UpCloud


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UpCloud in its own words

World's fastest cloud servers

Sign up for a free trial and experience faster-than-SSD cloud servers!

Our simple but powerful control panel and API lets you spend more time coding and less time managing your cloud infrastructure. Together with the community, we develop and maintain a large library of open source API-clients and tools.

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

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

Features and Usability

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

Feature Value Comment
Hourly Billing  Yes
DDOS Protection  No

No DDoS protection option available. Fine tuning of the firewall is possible.

Backups  Yes

Snapshots are priced at $0.06 per GB of storage per month.

Control Panel  Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  9
Number of Datacenter Continents  3
Monitoring Charts  Yes

Network and IO only.

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

UpCloud offers a firewall feature but it's charged extra. It makes it possible to allow or block IP addresses or ranges of IP addresses on all or selected port numbers.

In VPSBenchmark's opinion

Feature Value Comment
UI Friendliness 

Clear admin UI, all the features you would expect are present.

Quality of Service 

During the free trial period, the firewall settings are tight and block outbound ssh. Keep that in mind if you can't connect your UpCloud VM to external servers. Those restrictions are lifted after the first payment.

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UpCloud Extra Services

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

Backups   Block storage Object storage   Load balancer Floating IP addresses  
Team Management   Managed databases Serverless DDoS protection Kubernetes
GPU instances

VPS Instance Provisioning Time

For each UpCloud 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
66s 30s 140s 13

Admin UI Screenshots


Cloud Storage Prices

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

Storage Type Price / GB / month Restriction Description
Block $0.220 UpCloud storage is MaxIOPS, it offers the performance of multiple enterprise-grade SSDs for the price of one.
https://www.upcloud.com/pricing/
Backups $0.050 UpCloud Simple Backups are automatically scheduled with 3 options: 7 daily backups, 4 weekly backups, 12 monthly backups. Prices respectively 20%, 40% or 60% of VPS price in addition to $0.05/GB/month.
https://upcloud.com/products/backup/
Object $0.020 250GB minimum Transfer cost included up to twice the size of paid storage.
https://upcloud.com/products/object-storage/



This provider offers the following promotion:

Sign up with the following link and receive a $25 credit into your UpCloud account.

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Compare all UpCloud plans in the Screener

The Screener shows all UpCloud plans side by side with their grades in 5 categories.


UpCloud Plans


Plan Specifications

URL https://www.upcloud.com/pricing/
Price per month $5.00
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 25
Num Cores 1
Memory GB 1.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 1000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU No

Plan Grades

Screen UpCloud VPS Plans

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: 66

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

Note: A low grade on a low price VPS does not necessarily mean the VPS is underperforming, the server may still perform better than other servers at the same price. Use the Price Weighted Grades or the Best VPS 2020 rankings to find the best VPS in each price range.


Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for UpCloud - 1GB 1core. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Performance trials run on the 1GB 1core plan

This plan was tested 5 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the 1GB 1core plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Jul 30 2020 AMD EPYC 7542 32-Core Processor New York, USA C
Jan 22 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2687W v4 @ 3.00GHz Frankfurt, Germany C
Apr 22 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2687W v4 @ 3.00GHz Frankfurt, Germany C
Sep 02 2018 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2687W v4 @ 3.00GHz London, UK C
Apr 08 2018 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2687W v4 @ 3.00GHz Chicago, IL C

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.upcloud.com/pricing/
Price per month $10.00
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 50
Num Cores 1
Memory GB 2.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 2000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU No

Plan Grades

Screen UpCloud VPS Plans

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: 65

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

Note: A low grade on a low price VPS does not necessarily mean the VPS is underperforming, the server may still perform better than other servers at the same price. Use the Price Weighted Grades or the Best VPS 2020 rankings to find the best VPS in each price range.


Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for UpCloud - 2GB 1core. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Runs Sysbench Network Transfers Endurance
Review Review Review Review
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Performance trials run on the 2GB 1core plan

This plan was tested 4 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the 2GB 1core plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
May 08 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6136 CPU @ 3.00GHz California, USA C
Oct 23 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2687W v4 @ 3.00GHz Frankfurt, Germany C
Jan 23 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2687W v4 @ 3.00GHz Frankfurt, Germany C
Jun 22 2018 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2687W v3 @ 3.10GHz Chicago, IL C

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.upcloud.com/pricing/
Price per month $20.00
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 80
Num Cores 2
Memory GB 4.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 4000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU No

Plan Grades

Screen UpCloud VPS Plans

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: 79

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

Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for UpCloud - 4GB 2 cores. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Runs Network Transfers Sysbench Endurance
Review Review Review Review
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Performance trials run on the 4GB 2 cores plan

This plan was tested 6 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the 4GB 2 cores plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Sep 11 2020 AMD EPYC 7542 32-Core Processor New York, USA B
Mar 06 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2687W v3 @ 3.10GHz Frankfurt, Germany B
Jul 20 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2687W v4 @ 3.00GHz Amsterdam, Netherlands C
Dec 07 2018 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2687W v3 @ 3.10GHz Frankfurt, Germany B
May 23 2018 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2687W v4 @ 3.00GHz Chicago, IL C
Sep 17 2017 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2687W v4 @ 3.00GHz Chicago, IL B

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.upcloud.com/pricing/
Price per month $40.00
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 160
Num Cores 4
Memory GB 8.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 5000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU No

Plan Grades

Screen UpCloud VPS Plans

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: 66

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
D A D B B
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for UpCloud - 8GB 4 cores. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Runs Network Transfers Sysbench Endurance
Review Review Review Review
Compare Compare Compare Compare

Performance trials run on the 8GB 4 cores plan

This plan was tested 4 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the 8GB 4 cores plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Jun 15 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6136 CPU @ 3.00GHz Frankfurt, Germany C
Dec 03 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2687W v4 @ 3.00GHz Frankfurt, Germany B
Jun 10 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2687W v4 @ 3.00GHz Amsterdam, Netherlands B
Oct 31 2018 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2687W v4 @ 3.00GHz Frankfurt, Germany B

Plan Specifications

URL https://upcloud.com/pricing/
Price per month $80.00
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 320
Num Cores 6
Memory GB 16.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 6000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU No

Plan Grades

Screen UpCloud VPS Plans

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: 71

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

Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for UpCloud - 16GB 6 cores. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Runs Network Transfers Sysbench Endurance
Review Review Review Review
Compare Compare Compare Compare

Performance trials run on the 16GB 6 cores plan

This plan was tested 4 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the 16GB 6 cores plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Oct 24 2020 AMD EPYC 7542 32-Core Processor Madrid, Spain B
Apr 12 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2687W v4 @ 3.00GHz Frankfurt, Germany B
Sep 01 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6136 CPU @ 3.00GHz Frankfurt, Germany A
Mar 09 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6136 CPU @ 3.00GHz Frankfurt, Germany A

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