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AWS EC2 vs. UpCloud

A much more cost-efficient alternative with higher performance and 24/7 live support.
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Why we are better

Key points

We don’t tier our customer service behind how much you are spending with us. We believe a great user experience includes a great customer service! So we offer all our users, no matter how much or little the spend, 24/7 live 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.

As one of the industry leaders, AWS EC2 doesn’t need to compete on pricing offers, which in turn means that the users (that’s you!) end up paying for premium instances and lagging behind in price-performance ratio. In order to get the desired high performance you often have to pay for the higher tier, premium or specialized instance types. As a result, you end up spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars for the performance that can cost you up to x12 less with UpCloud.

In our core, we truly believe that enterprise-grade performance and reliability should be available for everyone! With this thought in mind, we developed our own storage technology by the name MaxIOPS. It’s explicitly built to give you the best I/O performance per dollar, without sacrificing any reliability!

To this day we stay the fastest cloud server provider currently available on the market. Don’t believe us? Here is a highly detailed and in-depth comparisons report of the best European cloud providers on the market from Cloud Spectator.

We all know how important it is for service or application to have enough resources in high load scenarios. For example, while using AWS EC2 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!

Here at UpCloud, we have freely scalable 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 freely scalable cloud server, you only pay for the reserved storage and IP-addresses.

UpCloud AWS EC2 Difference
Instance 2 CPU, 4GB RAM, 80GB MaxIOPS c3.large + 60GB EBS -
Location London London -
Price (USD) $20/mo $240/mo -12.0x
CPU (cyclictest) 15.19 66.59 -4.4x
RAM (mbw) 8352.01 MB/s 7567.29 MB/s +1.1x
Disk I/O (fio, 4k block randread) 99854.57 IOPS 59087.82 IOPS +1.7x
Disk I/O (fio, 4k block randwrite) 83990.50 IOPS 17049.99 IOPS +4.9x

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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In the capital city of Finland, you will find our headquarters, and our first data centre. This is where we handle most of our development and innovation.


London was our second office to open, and a important step in introducing UpCloud to the world. Here our amazing staff can help you with both sales and support, in addition to host tons of interesting meetups.


Seattle is our 4th and latest office to be opened, and our way to reach out across the pond to our many users in the Americas.


Singapore was our 3rd office to be opened, and enjoys one of most engaged and fastest growing user bases we have ever seen.