"Value" Not "Price" Critical in Making Accurate Calculations of Cloud Spend

The Top Ten European Cloud Service Providers Report is the most comprehensive study of its kind analyzing the price-performance of ten public IaaS vendors with data centers across Europe. Testing was completed for four different VM sizes, measuring vCPU, memory performance, and block storage performance for the providers in the report.

When making cloud purchase decisions, performance is a critical yet often overlooked component of the cloud, and can have a substantial impact on annual operating costs. Based on the findings of the report, no consistent correlation between price and performance was found across the industry.

Download the report for a detailed analysis of these 10 providers:

  • 1&1
  • Amazon Web Services
  • CenturyLink
  • DigitalOcean
  • DimensionData
  • Google Compute Engine
  • Microsoft Azure
  • OVH
  • Rackspace
  • SoftLayer IBM

Throughout the 24-hour period of testing, a total of 1,194,690 data points were collected to measure and compare performance variation. Testing was conducted in February and March, 2017.

European Cloud Service Providers Report: Key Findings

The report includes vCPU, memory, and block storage performance, and benchmarks the value of each provider, defined as a ratio of price and performance. This free report is published by Cloud Spectator solely to educate public cloud consumers on the variability that exists in performance and price-performance value across the entire public cloud industry. Findings in this report include:

  • OVH achieved the highest in the overall CloudSpecs price-performance ranking. This is due to strong VM performance and the most inexpensive packaged pricing found in the study for the majority of VM sizes.
  • 1&1's VMs demonstrated the best combination of performance and high stability with an index score of 97 and variability of only 3%.
  • Value, defined as the ratio of price and performance varies by 5.6x across the compared IaaS providers
  • On average, providers exhibited a difference of almost 2x in VM (CPU & memory) performance, emphasizing the need for performance testing to understand value.


Price-Performance Ranking of European Cloud Providers


Testing of cloud environments requires more than spot testing to understand behavior and performance differences across providers. 

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