Significant differences persist with price-performance ratios (value) across public cloud IaaS providers

The 2018 public cloud IaaS providers comparison report analyzes nearly 1.5 million data points collected over a twenty-four hour period to rank the ten leading IaaS providers in the industry.

The study analyzes the performance of four different VM sizes for each provider, and reports on performance and stability results for CPU, Block Storage, and Memory. Based on the performance data collected and published prices, the Cloud Service Providers are ranked with a CloudSpecs Value Score™.

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The report compares these public cloud IaaS providers:

  • 1&1
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • CenturyLink
  • DigitalOcean
  • DimensionData
  • Google
  • Microsoft Azure
  • OVH
  • Rackspace
  • SoftLayer 

Key Findings:

Value, defined as the ratio of price and performance varies by 4.9X across the compared IaaS providers. Organizations looking to make a strategic investment into IaaS must understand how price and performance can vary widely between providers, and across workloads and resources —thus greatly affecting total cost of ownership. Findings from the report include:

  • A difference of approximately 1.5X in VM (CPU & memory) performance emphasizes the need for testing to understand each provider’s value.
  • Price can vary by more than 5X based on offering and provider
  • The highest ranked providers demonstrate a combination of strong VM performance and inexpensive packaged pricing

Top 10 Cloud Provider Rankings

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Based on performance results and vendor pricing, the top 10 Cloud Service Providers are ranked in order of their overall CloudSpecs Value Score™.

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