Comparing VPS hosting providers: Performance Matters

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Introduction comparing VPS hosting providers

VPS hosting is a great solution for people who need to host their websites but don’t want to spend the money on a dedicated server. VPS hosting also has many advantages over shared hosting, such as much faster page loading, better search engine rankings, increased security and lower latency. In this article we explain what you should pay attention to when comparing VPS hosting providers.

The first reason why you might want to switch from website hosting package is that VPS hosting gives you more freedom in designing your server. This can be important for businesses that need specialized software or do some heavy lifting on their server with high traffic websites.

What to look out for when comparing VPS hosting providers

Of course you always have a preference for the cheapest VPS. But let’s be honest: this is often not the best VPS. It is therefore better to look at the price in relation to the quality. Quality manifests itself in multiple ways, including in a hosting provider’s customer service. Logically, you pay a little more for good service. These are the other quality aspects to look out for when comparing VPS hosting providers.

Snel.com transip DigitalOcean
VPS SERVER Cloud VPS Bucket BladeVPS X4 Basic Droplet Regular
CPU 2 Xeon Cores 2 shared vCPU’s 2 vCPU
RAM 4GB 4GB 4GB
STORAGE 200GB SSDOnly 150GB Raid-Z 80 GB
data traffic 5TB 5TB pooled 4TB
IPv4 & IPv6 yes yes yes
Automatic Backups yes yes, every 4-6 hours € 2.89 (20% of dropplet cost)
Monitoring no yes yes
Snapshots 1 9 on demand
Price p/m € 19,90 € 22,50 11,25* $20
BENCHMARK RESULTS
Operating System Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Ubuntu 20.04.4 LTS
Model QEMU Standard PC (i440FX + PIIX, 1996) QEMU Standard PC (i440FX + PIIX, 1996) DigitalOcean Droplet
Name Intel Core (Haswell, no TSX) Westmere E56xx(Nehalem-C) DO-Regular
Topology 1 Processor, 2 Cores 1 Processor, 2 Cores 1 Processor, 2 Cores
Base Frequency 2.10 GHz 2.39 GHz 2.29 GHz
Memory 3.84 GB 3.83 GB 1.94 GB
Single-Core Score 668 783 518
Multi-Core Score 1245 1503 930
HARD DRIVE
Running latency 0,073 ms 0,278 ms 0,730 ms
4k random IOPS 13,3 k 3,57k 1,4k
4k random MBps 198,77 MB/s 20,02 MB/s 20,01 MB/s
1M IOPS 3,4k 1,0k 1,4k
1M MBps 3,5GB/s 1,11 GB/s 1,48 GB/s

Whether your server is running an application, a website, a database, a file server, or some other service, your storage performance is often the most overlooked aspect of a server environment. Storage performance is usually the most important factor in delivering a flexible product to your users. For that reason, it is important to ensure that your system has the correct disk throughput and IOPS.

What are IOPS?

IOPS (input/output operations per second) is a lesser-known measure of HDD or SSD performance. IOPS is a performance measure of your storage that measures the amount of read/write operations your storage can perform in a second. This indicator is critical for determining performance under heavy use; a higher IOPS ensures that when a doctor pulls up some medical records and your accountant picks up a year’s worth of receipts while your internal ticketing system clears out unused files, your system is still running smoothly. All of these actions use the total amount of IOPS that your storage device has available.

Depends on your use case. Roughly: great 4k values mean better overall responsiveness whenever disk is under heavy load (lots of r/w operations, smokin’hot database, metadata update etc.). If huge speeds when reading/writing (big) files matter to you (e.g. to upload or download lotz of ISOz very very fast), other values are important too.

Hard drive engineers continue to improve the areal density of the drive and make error correction more robust. Consumers will benefit from this move because hard drives offer more storage space, cost less per gigabyte, while remaining just as reliable.

With our Bucket VPS you already get 13,3k IOPS, which is approximately equal to the speed of a 15,000 rpm SAS disk. Of course, you get even more IOPS with the Barrel and large VPS. We set a maximum IOPS for all our customers. An error on another client’s server will not affect the performance of your server. This means your server is always fast.

Conclusion

Ultimately, it’s about getting the value out of it and finding what you’re looking for in terms of performance, cost and service. The benchmark is a useful tool to get an idea of ​​how different providers rank. We hope this VPS hosting benchmark will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision when comparing VPS hosting providers.

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