Linode has recently increased the CPU from 4 cores to 8 cores, and also doubled memories of all their plans.
To be honest, I really don’t know how 8 cores could be fully used for a website, which just uses their 1GB or 2GB lower plans. I really wish they should have upgraded to SSD disk, I think that’s the real bottleneck.
Digital Ocean is becoming a real competitor, its $5, $10 low price server options with SSD disk make it stands out.
I purchased and benchmarked 3 servers:
DigitalOcean1G: 1 Core CPU, 1GB RAM, 30GB SSD, $10 /month
DigitalOcean2G: 2 Cores CPU, 2GB RAM, 40GB SSD, $20 /month
Linode 1G: 8 Cores CPU, 1GB RAM, 24GB Storage, $20 /month
All servers fresh installed Ubuntu 12.04 x64 server version. Servers from Digital Ocean are all located at New York, whereas Linode server is located at Atlanta. The test script is from ServerBear
Detailed results can be found at the links below:
UnixBench (w/ all processors) 1387.1
UnixBench (w/ one processor) 1386.6
UnixBench (w/ all processors) 1873.1
UnixBench (w/ one processor) 1183.7
UnixBench (w/ all processors) 1860.7
UnixBench (w/ one processor) 491.4
UnixBench gives us an basic score of the system’s performance. I’m really surprised that Linode’s 8 cores didn’t play well as I expect. To give you an idea of how bad it is, below is the test of one of my cheap 4 Cores dedicated server from OVH:
UnixBench (w/ all processors) 4017.1
UnixBench (w/ one processor) 1603.1
At least you can see that’s how it looks, when every 1 core is REALLY 1 core :)
IOPS FIO results
Read IOPS 4444.0
Read Bandwidth 17.7 MB/second
Write IOPS 2295.0
Write Bandwidth 9.1 MB/second
Read IOPS 3838.0
Read Bandwidth 15.3 MB/second
Write IOPS 2572.0
Write Bandwidth 10.2 MB/second
Read IOPS 776.0
Read Bandwidth 3.1 MB/second
Write IOPS 624.0
Write Bandwidth 2.4 MB/second
FIO provides a view of system’s I/O performance. Without SSD, Linode did play bad as I expect. But the result is about right at the average level of existing VPSs.
Yes, these raw performance results don’t mean everything. But not everyone can resist the temptation from lower price with better performance.