Posted on 28.9.2018

UpCloud crowned best cloud infrastructure provider in Europe, again!

Cloud Spectator

Cloud Spectator is an industry leading infrastructure-as-a-service marketplace analyst. They perform highly detailed and in-depth comparisons to find the best European cloud provider on the market. This year’s report on the cloud space in Europe featured highly competitive offerings across the board. Yet, there was only one winner, UpCloud!

Cloud Spectator 2018 EU overall scores

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UpCloud beats the top 10 cloud providers in Europe

The study included the top 10 cloud providers who offer cloud services in Europe. However, the provider headquarters did not need to be located within the region. The relaxed requirements welcomed large providers such as Amazon AWS, Google Compute Engine, Microsoft Azure, and IBM SoftLayer to participate.

UpCloud displayed the highest CPU and Memory performance overall, but also displayed the most variability [at 8%] for CPU and Memory.

Refreshingly, newer providers strive for ever greater performance. Those with the traditional size advantage in the market were consistently left stagnating in the price to performance ratios. The competition was tougher than ever before but UpCloud came out as the best European cloud provider. This is the second time UpCloud was included in the Cloud Spectator yearly report on EU providers. And also the second time UpCloud took the top spot.

Cloud Spectator 2018 EU block storage price to performance

Fastest cloud storage and custom scaling

UpCloud dominated in the overall value comparisons and outranked the last in the top 10 by 6.3x. Furthermore, UpCloud’s MaxIOPS technology showed the advantages of fast storage in the value of the block storage segment by an even larger margin. It’s also important to note that the comparisons were performed using UpCloud’s custom freely scalable configuration.

UpCloud’s signature custom scaling allows a Cloud Server to be configured anywhere between 1 – 20 CPU cores and 1 GB – 128 GB of system memory as well as up to 2 TB of MaxIOPS storage per disk device. If you take advantage of the company’s preconfigured plans it further improves the price to performance ratio with competitive monthly costs.

Download the full report here: Cloud Benchmarking 2018 top EU providers report

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In case you would like to learn more about some specific detail of the infrastructure described here, don’t hesitate to contact UpCloud at our sales ([email protected]).

You can also find more information on our Documentation page.

Janne Ruostemaa


  1. UpCloud seems to struggle with consistency though…
    “UpCloud displayed the highest CPU and Memory performance overall, but also displayed the
    most variability (least consistent performance) for CPU and Memory.”

  2. Janne Ruostemaa

    It’s true that our focus on pushing unthrottled performance does create some variability. However, even the lower end this variation is still above and beyond that which the majority of our competition is capable of.

  3. upcloud is very satisfied our need for speed
    we use win server 2012

  4. Have there been any reductions in variability during 2019? There isn’t an updated report available (yet), which would prove interesting.

  5. Janne Ruostemaa

    Hi Peter, thanks for the question. While we have nothing to publish ourselves, Cloud Spectator will surely be doing their independent analysis again this year.

  6. Anthony Monthe

    Hi Peter,
    As ex-Spectator, now Mercato,
    We did a report in 2020:

    Another will come this year.

  7. Janne Ruostemaa

    Hi Anthony, thanks for the comment and the interesting comparison. Looking forward to seeing your results for 2021.

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