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3 reasons to choose UpCloud

Key points

UpCloud gives you full flexibility with resources you use, and you are in complete control of your performance and costs. Our flexible hosting is billed by the hour so you will only pay for the services you use.

MaxIOPS, our proprietary storage technology, gives you up to 2x the performance compared to industry-standard SSD VPS hosting.

Industry leading IaaS marketplace analyst Cloud Spectator has chosen UpCloud twice as #1 performance leader in Europe among the top 10 European cloud providers (AWS, Azure, DigitalOcean, Google, 1and1, CenturyLink, Rackspace, OVH, and Softlayer).

As one of the industry leaders, Amazon EC2 doesn’t need to compete on pricing, which in turn means that users end up paying for premium instances while lagging behind in performance.

In order to get the desired high performance with AWS EC2, you often have to pay for the higher tier, premium or specialized instance types. As a result, you could end up spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars making hosting on AWS cost up to x4 more than at UpCloud.

We believe a great user experience includes a great customer service and support. We offer our users 24/7 local in-house support all year round.

We are happy to provide our users with a 1m 55s average response time, and our users seem to love it with a 97% user satisfaction.

We also offer customer onboarding and a dedicated account manager for our business customers.

UpCloud offers Flexible plans which allow configuring CPU, RAM and storage freely. Another great thing is that the resources are only billed by usage – if you shut down a Flexible plan cloud server, you only pay for the reserved storage and IP addresses.

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With AWS EC2 server you might bump into a problem that you’re locked to the resource limits that are provided by the specific instance type. What if you need extra CPUs? Your only option here is to upgrade to the next instance type since AWS EC2 doesn’t offer the flexibility to configure resourced individually. That leaves you with paying for extra resources that might never be used!

What our users have to say

Case Studies

How Finqu attained 100% availability with superior performance

Previously, we ended up wasting a lot of time investigating and resolving technical problems. In contrast, we've been extremely happy hosting on UpCloud thanks to their reliable infrastructure.

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How Vaimo achieved faster time to market with performance to spare

Our services have benefited from the new solution resulting a faster time to market with the performance that is required with large eCommerce systems.

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How Wunder unified their infrastructure in all regions

Our projects vary greatly between implementations, therefore, we really wanted to unify our infrastructure. UpCloud has proven to be flexible enough to allow us to adapt to different needs with minimal effort.

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How Haltu built intricate customer solutions on simplicity

UpCloud's offering is simple and easy to understand, cloud servers with a little bit of networking, nothing overly fancy and that's exactly what we want.

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How PointerBP found relief from maintenance in new partnership

Each day our systems ingest large quantities of data and with UpCloud we know that the hardware management is in trustworthy and experienced hands.

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How Anders built their services on minimum maintenance

Consolidating almost everything hosting related to a single provider has been a huge management relief for our system administrators.

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How Polystream’s low latency application streaming reached new audiences

We are always looking to broaden our global reach and thanks to UpCloud we are able to deliver great quality streams to regions yet unreachable by traditional 3D streaming methods.

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How Ruby Studio built trusted design on reliability

With the new solution, we have achieved complete transparency and control. If we experience issues with a server, our server team will always be on top of it even before a client reports the issue.

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How Critical Force supercharged their game with MaxIOPS

UpCloud has enabled us to run large datasets on individual servers. Due to the extreme IOPS performance, we’ve consolidated our services from tens of hosts to but a few high-powered systems.

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How Evermade cloudified their company infrastructure

Cloud-based company infrastructure has provided many benefits. For example, working remotely is a breeze since our work is not tied to any office location or even a specific computer.

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How Fraktio attained rock-solid stability

We have been enjoying the competitive pricing. On top of that, the customer service is always very friendly and responsive thanks to UpCloud being far less corporate than other providers.

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How Sitesbi raised their SLA way above industry norms

Thanks to your offerings, our SLA is almost as good as yours. Your backups are also, in our experience, the best in the market. It was love at first sight.

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How Barabra took control of their cloud hosting solution

We're able to adapt to different situations much better thanks to being in full control of our software stack. The ability to activate and deactivate instances on-demand has proven very useful.

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How SportMonks increased their API performance to new heights

The new servers at UpCloud are so much faster on the disk, CPU, and memory performance. We get way more requests out of the same amount of money that the migration was well worth it.

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UpCloud AWS EC2 Difference
Instance 4 CPU, 8GB RAM, 160GB MaxIOPS c5.xlarge + 160GB EBS gp2
Location London London
Price (USD) $40/mo $162.95/mo -4.1x
Storage I/O (sysbench, 4KB random read) 112543 IOPS 3615 IOPS +28.3x
Storage I/O (sysbench, 4KB random write) 38777 IOPS 2970 IOPS +13.1x
CPU(sysbench, 64 threads) 2551 events/sec 1486 events/sec +1.7x
Memory(sysbench, 4MB write 100GB) 35538 MiB/sec 31610 MiB/sec +1.1x

UpCloud is like tank.

It helps us deal with incoming traffic of 1,8 TB/day on a single e-commerce site. Achievement “100% SLA” completed 🙂

Adam Piotrowski, Lead Software Engineer

Nimble IaaS provider

If you’re looking for a nimble IaaS provider, check out UpCloud. Great service, good prices, all-around nice guys =)

Tapio Äijälä

Significant database access speedup

Brought up another UpCloud server & activated the most troublesome site on it – significant database access speedup, looks like we have a winner!

Peter Maloy

As far as I see, UpCloud’s new DC in Helsinki is SO GOOD. It’s surely lovely. 🙂

Makoto Mizukami

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