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Vultr Personal Review: Features and Benchmark

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Vultr is one of the earliest cloud hosting providers established not so long after Digitalocean. It becomes a strong rival to any cloud industries including Linode and Digitalocean.

How good is Vultr? How’s the benchmark coming out?

Below we share a Vultr review based on our personal experience including benchmark results of its smallest cloud instance plan available.

About Vultr

Vultr is a cloud hosting company launched first in 2014 by David Aninowsky which is currently its CEO.

Vultr infrastructure is strategically located in 17 datacenters around the globe.

Its main mission is to provide frictionless provisioning of public cloud, storage and single-tenant bare metal for everyone.

According to its official page, Vultr is an efficient company of 50+ engineers and developers already serving 200K+ customers worldwide.

There have been more than 30 millions cloud instances deployed on their infrastructures.

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“Vultr is on a mission to empower developers and businesses by simplifying the deployment of infrastructure via its advanced cloud platform” – Vultr.com

Vultr operates 17 datacenters across the globe: Miami (US), New Jersey (US), Chicago (US), Dallas (US), Seattle (US), Los Angeles (US), Atlanta (US), Silicon Valley (US), Toronto (CA), Amsterdam (NL), London (UK), Frankfurt (DE), Paris (FR), Tokyo (JP), Seoul (KR), Singapore (South East Asia), and Sydney (AU).

Services

Vultr offers following services:

Cloud Compute: High performance compute instances perfect for general web application or development environment.

High Frequency Cloud: Powered by high clock speed CPU’s and NVMe local storage to power your most demanding applications.

Bare Metal: Fully automated dedicated servers with no virtualization.

Object Storage: S3-like cloud storage server powered with NVMe-caching layer. Object storage scales on demand and provides high data reliability.

Block Storage: Expandable storage volumes to mount directly from any Vultr compute instances. It sports up to 10TB volumes and 1200MB/sec IO.

Dedicated Cloud: Cloud servers with dedicated resources including CPU cores, SSD drives, and RAM.

Load Balancers: Horizontal scaling system to increase reliability on your applications. Vultr load balancers feature boasts health monitoring and automatic failover.

Anti DDoS Protection: A native DDoS mitigation system as an additional layer of protection for your cloud instances.

Key Features

These are features you’ll get when you deployed cloud instances on Vultr:

  • 17 server locations worldwide
  • KVM-based virtualization platform
  • Localized peering, optimized routing, low latency and high performance network
  • Redundant network design
  • SSD storage
  • Latest generation Intel CPUs
  • Hourly pricing, no longterm contracts
  • 100% SLA guaranteed
  • Powerful API integration
  • Private networking
  • IPv6
  • Custom ISOs
  • Windows supported
  • Many ready-to-use Linux OS distros: CentOS, CoreOS, Debian, Fedora, Fedora CoreOS, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and Ubuntu
  • One-click Apps
  • Scale-up and down easily
  • Addons available: Anti DDoS, attach Block Storage, Backups, Load Balancers
  • Intuitive cloud control panel
  • Server health monitoring: CPU usage, Disk operation, Networking
  • Free DNS Manager with AnyCAST DNS networks
  • Web-based firewall
  • Vultr’s BGP “Bring Your Own IP Space”
  • Free cloud instance Snapshots

How to Create A Cloud Server

Follow these steps to deploy a cloud instance on Vultr:

Step 1 – Log in to your Vultr account or sign up for a new one.

In rare cases, you may need to enter Authentication code sent to your email. This is a nice security feature by Vultr.

Step 2 – Click on the [Deploy Instance] button if you have none or click the Plus sign.

Step 3 – Choose what kind of cloud instance plan you wish to build: Cloud Compute, High Frequency, Bare Metal, or Dedicated Cloud.

Step 4 – Select the datacenter location among 17 available locations. Please note: not all pricing plans are available in all locations.

Step 5 – Next, choose the operating system and its version.

Step 6 – Choose server size that corresponds to its pricing. Select the plan according to your need in terms of SSD storage, bandwidthcapacity, CPU core, and RAM size.

Step 7 – You can opt to enable additional features. Don’t worry, you can also enable these later (once the instance has been deployed).

Step 8 – Add SSH Keys if any, or you can skip it. Next, you have to enter server hostname and give it a label as well.

Step 9 – Click the [Deploy Now] button. In just few seconds, your cloud server will be created. Give it a few more seconds to finish installing.

Step 10 – Your cloud server is ready once you see its status “Running“.

Step 11 – Click on your Server name to view detailed options.

Step 12 – You can find the IP address and root password used for SSH access.

You can now open your favourite SSH terminal like Putty to access your newly created Vultr cloud server.

Vultr Server Performance Review

Vultr is very transparent about its server performance. In fact, benchmark scores of all Cloud Compute plans are displayed on their web page.

It seems they proud of their cloud performance. However, smallest cloud plans do not have Geekbench score.

Therefore, below we show you the results of common server benchmark tests done on Vultr 512MB plan deployed in Newyork DC.

YABS Benchmark Test

Geekbench 5 test was incomplete and failed. May be that’s why Vultr does not display it on its website.

Disk read and write speed are good. It’s common for industrial SSD storage.

The iperf3 netwrok speed tests show exceptional results. As promised, Vultr offers premium network with fastest peering and lowest latencies.

Monster Bench Test

Monster Bench Test performs Geekbench v4 test. Based on the result above, the single core CPU test is poor while Multi Core is failed. The 512MB cloud only has 1 CPU core.

Serverbench Nench.sh Test

Despite not getting a succesful result on Geekbench test, we can still measure how fast its processor perform using hashing, compressing, and encrypting test as shown above.

Its CPU performance is pretty decent at that price point considering that it is the smallest cloud plan.

You might also want to read our review about Hetzner and Linode.

Conclusion

Vultr is one of cloud hosting companies that evolves rapidly in recent years, with the growing of cloud industries and demands.

It offers premium server performance to challenge big players in the industry.

Vultr has wide variety of product lines offering smallest to huge server resource, ready to deplay in seconds.

Global availability of 17 datacenter locations is its main selling point.

Generally, people know Vultr as a company offering best performance cloud servers at very affordable price tags.

Pros:

  • Premium low latency network connection.
  • High-speed SSD disk performance.
  • Superfast cloud deployment time.
  • Complete but easy-to-use cloud management panel.
  • Native IPv6 support (free IPv6).
  • Custom ISO supported.
  • Easy to resize.
  • Easy to rebuild.
  • Complete documentation.
  • Backed with an active community.
  • 17 datacenter locations to choose for.
  • Windows supported.

Cons:

  • No information about RAID setup
  • DDoS Protection is not free
  • Load Balancers feature is an addon

What’s your thought about Vultr?

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A blogger by hobby. He is an ordinary worker at day, a hybrid sys-admin at night. Sharing knowledge through blogs is his passion. He likes ice cream BTW.

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