Large Price Comparison: 55 Dedicated Cloud Compute Optimised Solutions

Dedicated compute optimised instances deliver high performance for compute-bound applications in the cloud. They are, therefore, ideal for low latency applications like Chronicle’s software. However, which one gives the best bang for one’s buck in terms of performance?

 

To find out, I made a comparison of 55 vendors’ cheapest instances and the price of their one-year plans. The instances feature a total memory in the range 64-356 GB, and the amount of storage was selected to be closest to 2 TB NMVe. The PassMark software was used for the benchmark to indicate how well Java applications perform. PassMark have gathered millions of benchmark results that test users have posted to compare the speed of different processors. In the table below 1 vCPU = 1450 PassMark.

 

The dedicated compute options are ranked by price per virtual CPU. As not all CPUs are the same, the number of vCPU is determined by the passmark of the CPU. I created it to show both the variation in how much each vCPU gives you, and how much a dedicated server costs can vary dramatically across vendors.

 

What stood out to me was the dominance of the Ryzen 5950X package among solutions that were the most cost effective. The new Ryzen 7950X released this month, reported to be 15-40% faster than the 5950X, will be one to watch in future. Further, the most common providers are highlighted in yellow and clearly belongs to the higher price tier.

 

This comparison assumes that each instance is running only one software package, for example Chronicle’s. It is also important to point out that the table contains raw prices. Some packages might include additional features that, for example, simplify the development and deployment or other features. Deviations in features are not accounted for in the table.

 

Provider Package CPU Hosts Pass mark vCPU GB memory TB disk Storage type Monthly $/month /vCPU
Uni of Minnesota Option 1 Dual AMD EPYC ROME 7742* 1 99760 69 512 $217 3.3
Hetzner AX101 Ryzen 5950X 1 45863 32 128 7 NVMe $117 3.8
Namecheap Dual AMD EPYC 7313 Dual AMD EPYC 7313 1 63799 44 128 7.6 NVMe $249 5.9
EUgamehost Ryzen 5950X Ryzen 5950X 1 45863 32 128 4 NVMe $194 6.3
leaseweb 1x AMD 16-core EPYC 7313P AMD 16-core EPYC 7313P 1 41774 29 64 1.9 U.2 $195 7.0
IDrive Bare Metal (50% first year) Intel Xeon E-2356G 2 38560 27 64 2 NMVe $185 7.2
Oneprovider Amsterdam EPYC 7402P AMD EPYC 7402P 1 41098 28 64 1.9 SSD $206 7.5
hosthavoc Ryzen 5950X Ryzen 5950X 1 45863 32 128 2 NVMe $240 7.8
interserver Ryzen 5950X Ryzen 5950X 1 45863 32 128 4 NVMe $254 8.3
Ulta Host ULTA AX160-NVME AMD EPYC 7402 1 51368 35 128 1.9 NVMe $290 8.5
Veilia Dual AMD EPYC 7452 Dual AMD EPYC 7452 1 78639 54 128 2 SSD $457 8.7
ovhcloud Advance-6 gen 2 Intel Xeon Gold 6312U 1 43745 30 128 3.8 SSD $260 8.9
WorldStream Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX2530 M5 2x Intel Xeon Platinum 8160 1 49865 34 64 2 SSD $332 10.0
Known Host AMD EPYC Rome 7302P AMD EPYC Rome 7302P 1 32480 22 64 1.9 SSD $223 10.3
Vultr Shared Instance 16 CPU Intel Core i9-12900KS* 1 44849 31 64 1.28 SSD $320 10.7
zenlayer M Dual Intel Xeon Silver 4216 1 63426 44 64 1.9 SSD $479 11.3
Low.ms GS5 I9-9900K Intel I9-9900K 2 37298 26 64 0.5 NVMe $287 11.5
Accuweb Classic-11 AMD Epyc 7313 1 40936 28 64 2 NVMe $335 12.3
Hostgator Enteprise Server Intel® Xeon® D-2738* 2 32416 22 60 2 SSD $280 13.0
Scaleway EM-B212X-SSD Intel Xeon E5 2670 1 15766 11 256 2 SSD $140 13.3
Fast Comet DS 4 AMD EPYC 7501 2 49850 34 64 1.28 SSD $454 13.7
Contabo 2 x AMD EPYC 7282 Dual AMD EPYC 7282 1 54250 37 256 4 NVMe $504 13.9
gtxgaming AMD-RYZEN-GTX AMD Ryzen 3950X 1 39060 27 128 2 SSD $382 14.7
A2 Hosting Hyper 2 Turbo AMD AMD EPYC 7232P 1 17017 12 64 2 SSD $170 15.0
Contabo 2x AMD EPYC 7282 Dual AMD EPYC 7282 1 34227 24 256 1.9 NVMe $377 16.5
Hostpresto.io DirectAdmin Cloud 16 16 Core Xeon 1 28000 19 64 1.6 SSD $313 16.8
Liquid Web Gold 6226R – Dual Dual Intel Xeon Gold 6226R 1 42897 30 64 0.96 SSD $499 17.4
LogicServers Intel Xeon E3-2288G Intel Xeon E3-2288G 2 34802 24 128 2 NVMe $410 17.7
E2E Cloud SDC-32.180 GB 2.8 GHz 1 28000 19 180 1.8 SSD $348 18.6
siteground Super Power Intel Xeon Gold 5218* 3 66351 46 60 0.48 SSD $828 18.7
vultr AMD EPYC 7443P AMD EPYC 7443P 1 57630 40 256 3.8 NVMe $725 18.9
Godaddy DED4-128G-SSD AMC EPYC™ 7351P 1 25484 18 128 2 SSD $326 19.2
Yandex Computer Cloud Intel Xeon Gold 6326* 1 35328 24 64 2 SSD $490 20.8
Zomro Intel 2xE5-2650v2 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v 2 19976 14 192 4 SSD $280 21.0
Hostio BMS Max Intel Xeon E-2288G 2 34800 24 64 2 SSD $500 21.6
techn@berkeley Dedicated Virtual Compute Cluster dual Intel Xeon Gold 6154/6254 1 51087 35 576 $747 21.9
AWS c6id.8xlarge Xeon® Gold 6338N* 1 48322 33 64 7.6 NVMe $742 23.0
Oracle VM.Standard.E4.Flex AMD* 1 30000 21 64 2 NVMe $483 24.2
Redswitches 2x Intel Xeon Gold 5118 Dual Intel Xeon Gold 5118 1 24226 17 128 1.9 SSD $400 24.8
OVCloud c2-120 3.0 Ghz 1 30000 21 120 $538 26.9
Ionos XL-64 SSD Intel Xeon E3-1270 v6 1 8878 6 64 0.8 SSD $160 27.0
webhosting uk Enteprise 4216 Dual Dual Intel Xeon Silver 4216 1 31713 22 64 2 NVMe $586 27.7
Bluehost Premium Intel Core i7-5820K* 4 39324 27 64 8 SSD $832 31.7
Simply Hosting SF7.2 Dual Intel Xeon Silver 4114 1 21396 15 64 1 SSD $460 32.2
Google Cloud c2-node-60-240 AMD EPYC 7763 64-Core 1 85944 59 240 2 SSD $1,963 34.3
dreamhost SSD 64 Intel Xeon E5-2697V2 CPU* 1 14167 10 64 0.24 SSD $379 40.1
RedHat Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated * 1 24000 17 $666 41.6
HostWithLove DS3 Dual E5-2620v3 2 26756 18 64 8 SSD $758 42.5
Alibaba C6 Intel Xeon Platinum 8269CY 1 52110 36 192 $1,505 43.3
THG Hosting E5-2620v4 Intel E5-2620v4 2 18374 13 64 1.9 SSD $568 46.4
Inmotion Elite G3 Metal Intel Xeon E-2136 1 13247 9 64 2 SSD $480 54.4
Unlimited web hosting Dedicated Cloud Server * 4 24000 17 64 2 SSD $882 55.1
Azure Fsv2-Type2 + Page Blobs + OS Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8168 (Skylake) 1 104022 72 144 2 SSD $4,477 64.6
Hostwinds E5-2620 v2 Intel E5-2620 v2 1 6248 4 64 2 SSD $283 67.9
Beeks Platinum Tier 2 Intel Xeon E5-2695 V4 2.1GH* 1 19155 13 64 0.5 SSD $990 77.5
ntt.com Standard General Purpose 3 v2 16 Core Xeon 2.4 GHz 1 24000 17 128 2 SSD $2,757 172.3

*Not provided, CPU is guesstimated.

Peter Lawrey

Peter Lawrey is a Java Champion and Oracle Code One alumnus. Peter likes to inspire developers to improve the craftsmanship of their solutions and his popular blog “Vanilla Java” has had over 4 million views. Peter is the founder and architect of Chronicle Software. He has one of the top number of answers for Java and JVM on StackOverflow.com (~13K).