Coming Soon: The Mega Ultra Super VPS Benchmark Comparo

A fight to the kill -9
January 18, 2018

Not too long ago I pitted Linode and Digital Ocean against each other after hearing about Digital Ocean’s price slashing that brought it in line with Linode’s monthly bills. This got me thinking: only a crazy person would pit seven VPS providers against each other in multiple size categories and see who’s the best.

Who has two thumbs and is crazy?

The name of the game is simple: each provider’s VPSes run through the same gauntlet of tests:

  • CPU
  • Memory Read & Write
  • File I/O
  • Apache Benchmarks
  • MySQL Benchmarks
  • Network Speed Test

and one VPS each from a provider’s respective 1GB, 4GB, and 8GB is tested. Here’s the entire list of providers that’ll be tested in this mega ultra VPS benchmark showdown extravaganza:

  • AWS
  • Azure
  • Digital Ocean
  • Linode
  • Vultr
  • Dreamhost
  • Lightsail
  • OVH

Better still, providers that have compute-oriented and high RAM classes are also up against one another in those categories, one from each. Compute-class offerings are those specifically labeled as being for compute-type tasks. Of the basic list of VPS providers being tested, only Digital Ocean and offer such a thing so it makes sense that we bring in the Tier 1 Heavyweights: AWS and Azure. Compute-class tests will be done on whatever 8-core offering is provided by each company. In the case of AWS and Azure, we’ll use the following instance configurations:

  • AWS: c3.2xlarge
  • Azure: F8 v2 and H8

It’s about to be a party. I look forward to writing this mega post in the coming weeks. If you have an iead for a host you’d like to see in this test, comment below. My original Linode v. Digital Ocean post got a decent amount of traction and folks seemed to enjoy it so why not shoot for the moon, yeah?

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