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How to Benchmark Cloud Servers (VPS)

By Dragos
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September 14, 2022
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How to Benchmark Cloud Servers (VPS)

In case you want to use a cloud server for your projects then you should benchmark them to have an idea of what they have to offer. There are a lot of cloud providers out there and the best way to see if the performance is good on a server is to run a test. A good one that you can try is Hetzner, it has decent prices and good performance, in this article we are going to benchmark one of their servers, for more details check this Hetzner Review.

What a Good Benchmark Should Check

A good benchmark should take a look on below:

  • Disk Speeds > These days you have HDD, SSD, or NVME so the speeds may vary from a couple of MB on second to GB. A good VPS should have from hundreds of MB to GB write/read speed.
  • Network Speeds > in case you are hosting internet-facing applications these speeds are very important the fastest the better, as you need to see the connections with the different data centers.
  • CPU > The CPU plays a major role and it needs to be tested to see how fast it is. These days relevant tests are the Geekbench ones.

What Tool to Use to Benchmark Al

Yabs.sh it’s a small tool that can help you benchmark all of these with a run. This will work on all servers Ubuntu or RedHat and you don’t need to install it to run. For benchmarks to start you just need to run:

curl -sL yabs.sh | bash

This uses curl to fetch it and run it so you need curl on your VPS (this should be there by default in most distros)

Benchmark Output

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Wed Aug 31 12:14:29 PM UTC 2022

Basic System Information:
---------------------------------
Uptime     : 6 days, 5 hours, 18 minutes
Processor  : AMD EPYC Processor
CPU cores  : 3 @ 2445.404 MHz
AES-NI     : ✔ Enabled
VM-x/AMD-V : ❌ Disabled
RAM        : 3.7 GiB
Swap       : 2.0 GiB
Disk       : 75.0 GiB
Distro     : Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS
Kernel     : 5.15.0-46-generic

fio Disk Speed Tests (Mixed R/W 50/50):
---------------------------------
Block Size | 4k            (IOPS) | 64k           (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ----
Read       | 113.01 MB/s  (28.2k) | 1.39 GB/s    (21.7k)
Write      | 113.31 MB/s  (28.3k) | 1.39 GB/s    (21.8k)
Total      | 226.32 MB/s  (56.5k) | 2.79 GB/s    (43.6k)
   |                      |
Block Size | 512k          (IOPS) | 1m            (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ----
Read       | 2.07 GB/s     (4.0k) | 2.72 GB/s     (2.6k)
Write      | 2.18 GB/s     (4.2k) | 2.90 GB/s     (2.8k)
Total      | 4.26 GB/s     (8.3k) | 5.62 GB/s     (5.4k)

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv4):
---------------------------------
Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed
        |                           |                 |
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 1.08 Gbits/sec  | 2.38 Gbits/sec
Online.net      | Paris, FR (10G)           | 2.84 Gbits/sec  | 2.34 Gbits/sec
Hybula          | The Netherlands (40G)     | 2.05 Gbits/sec  | 2.11 Gbits/sec
Uztelecom       | Tashkent, UZ (10G)        | 1.07 Gbits/sec  | 948 Mbits/sec
Clouvider       | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 8.47 Gbits/sec  | 8.09 Gbits/sec
Clouvider       | Dallas, TX, US (10G)      | 4.23 Gbits/sec  | 5.35 Gbits/sec
Clouvider       | Los Angeles, CA, US (10G) | 2.32 Gbits/sec  | 3.35 Gbits/sec

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv6):
---------------------------------
Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed
        |                           |                 |
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 1.99 Gbits/sec  | 2.39 Gbits/sec
Online.net      | Paris, FR (10G)           | 2.96 Gbits/sec  | 2.41 Gbits/sec
Hybula          | The Netherlands (40G)     | 1.97 Gbits/sec  | 2.06 Gbits/sec
Uztelecom       | Tashkent, UZ (10G)        | 1.25 Gbits/sec  | 1.05 Gbits/sec
Clouvider       | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 8.46 Gbits/sec  | 7.40 Gbits/sec
Clouvider       | Dallas, TX, US (10G)      | 4.31 Gbits/sec  | 4.80 Gbits/sec
Clouvider       | Los Angeles, CA, US (10G) | 3.15 Gbits/sec  | 3.38 Gbits/sec

Geekbench 5 Benchmark Test:
---------------------------------
Test            | Value
        |
Single Core     | 924
Multi Core      | 2582
Full Test       | https://browser.geekbench.com/v5/cpu/16984496

In the output above you see that you have all the 3 major things benchmarked and Hetzner does a very nice job for the price point, you pay for a VPS server.


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