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Linode vs. UpCloud

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Storage performance
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Compute performance
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Why we are better

Key points

SSDs are fast, like really fast! But they weren’t fast enough for us! So we built a completely new type of storage backend, aptly named MaxIOPS. It’s specifically built to give you the best I/O performance for today’s demanding web applications and services. It often gives you more than 2x the performance of enterprise-grade SSD. We have actually limited the performance at 100,000 IOPS per virtual disk to give you high performance at all times.

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.

Private networking and Floating IPs are essentials in building modern and scalable web applications. A private network lets your cloud servers communicate through a private network that is not exposed to the public network (i.e. the Internet) and doesn’t count towards your bandwidth costs. Both UpCloud and Linode provide you with the tools to create complex infrastructure with ease, using simple but powerful APIs and control panels.

The main difference between UpCloud and Linode, is that Linodes private network is essentially shared between all servers and only works inside the same datacenter. With UpCloud, you get a 100% private network, that spans all our datacenters!

With Linode’s plans, you’re locked in to the resource limits that’s provided by the plans they have chosen for you. So what if you need to add additional CPU cores, but are happy with the amount of memory and storage? Too bad! You’ll have to upgrade to the next available plan, significantly adding to your costs as you are paying for resources you don’t actually require. Without the possibility of setting each resources independently, you will never be in complete control.

With UpCloud, you get the best of both worlds. Each cloud server can be deployed using a preconfigured (discounted) plan or with fully customized resource limits, completely according to your budget and needs. You can even switch between plans and custom configuration whenever you want!

UpCloud Linode Difference
Instance 1 CPU, 1GB Memory, 25GB MaxIOPS 1 CPU, 1GB Memory, 20GB SSD +5GB storage
Location London London -
Price (USD) $5/mo $5/mo -
Disk I/O (sysbench, 4 KB random read) 101726 IOPS 39680 IOPS +2.5x
Disk I/O (sysbench, 4 KB random write) 25754 IOPS 10342 IOPS +2.5x
CPU(sysbench, CPU) 6691 4294 +1.6x
Memory(sysbench, Memory) 2118K ops/s 1763K ops/s +1.2x

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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Helsinki (HQ)

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.