For many years, I’ve been testing virtual private servers for my business. you might have heard of Amazon ECS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud platforms. They are giant players of the world with pretty good service and stability, but they are so expensive for individual developers and small business.
I’ve tested many vps providers, ramnode, bandwagonhost, oneasiahost, sugarhosts, digitalocean, linode, and Vultr etc. some of them are rubbish, sometimes they allure you with lowest vps price and exciting server package, but in the end you have high chance to lose all your data.
but some of them provide versatile vps with reasonable price. I’ve been using Vultr, Digitalocean and Linode since the first day they stepped into vps industry. I still remember when Vultr announced their opening many years ago, you deposit 100 dollars, they give you 100 dollars in return, so you get $200 in your account. that’s the old golden days.
in this article, you will find some company background of each vps provider, then we will discuss what cpu models they use and CPU test results.
|datacenter||Vultr(started 2014)||Linode(started 2003)||Digitalocean(started 2011)|
|America||Atlanta, Chicago, |
silicon valley, Dallas,
Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Miami
|Fremont, Dallas, |
|Europe||London, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt||London, Frankfurt||London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam|
|Asia||Tokyo, Singapore||Tokyo, Singapore||Singapore, Bangalore(India)|
Linode was founded in 2003, It provides robust servers and is private owned by its founders and employees. Linode uses Xen as platform but changed to KVM two years ago. due to growing competitors, Linode doubled vps ram and bandwidth but kept average price. Payment methods also upgraded. You can buy Linode with either credit card or Paypal.
Digitalocean was founded in 2011 and is sponsored by venture capitalists from USA. they provide vps mostly located in USA and Europe. all vps equipped with full KVM virtualization and SSD. digitalocean calls vps as droplet on their platform. Bulding a vps from Digitalocean is pretty fast,usually it takes 15 seconds.
digitalOcean promo code: $10
|$5/mo||25 GB SSD|
1 CPU Core
|20 GB SSD
|$10/mo||40 GB SSD|
1 CPU Core
|30 GB SSD
|$20/mo||60 GB SSD|
2 CPU Cores
|40 GB SSD
Disclaimer: Vultr has a plan for $2.50/mo with 20 GB SSD 1 CPU 512MB Memory 500GB Bandwidth. this plan always run out of stock(sold out).
Vultr started in 2014 as a child brand of Choopa LLC. so if you check vultr server IP, you get results showing Choopa LLC. all vps built with KVM virtualization technology. Vultr is a young competitor full of ambition. it has cheap price but with very powerful servers. Vultr also has the most data centers all over the world.
what cpu models are in use by vultr, linode and digitalocean? let’s take a look:
|CPU||Single Thread Passmark|
|Vultr||Intel Xeon E5-2620 v3||1710|
|Linode||Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2680 v2 @ 2.80GHz||1758|
|Digitalocean||Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2650L v3 @ 1.80GHz||1344|
How powerful is it? Let’s run CPU benchmark:
sysbench –test=cpu –cpu-max-prime=20000 –num-threads=1 run
It shows clearly that Vultr has beaten the other two competitors with shortest time needed.
Of course this benchmark does not stand up for 100% the realtime situation,but it at least gives us closer look into these vps providers.