Scaleway vs Linode Review | 8GB RAM For Price Of 2 GB RAM

Here is a review of a Scaleway VPS in comparison to a Linode VPS. I moved from a 2GB Linode VPS to 8GB Scaleway VPS for the same price. I have reviewed both VPS.

Review of Linode VPS

I have a Linode 2GB VPS in which I have loaded Centmin Mod using the technique set out here.

The technique is a simple one and within a few minutes a fully functional web server comprising of Nginx, MariaDB, PHP-FPM & CSF Firewall is made available for use.

If you add wordpress and the database, the website can be started immediately.

The Linode VPS was working quite well for several years with the old version of Centmin Mod.

Unfortunately, something suddenly went wrong with the VPS and the pages were not loading. There were frequent 502 Bad Gateway errors.

I checked the load on the VPS, the memory, disabled the CSF firewall, rebooted the VPS etc but to no avail. The 502 Gateway errors and slow loading of pages continued.

I also checked the Linode status page to see if they were having any problems buy everything was okay at their end.

It appears that the fault may not have been at Linode’s end but there may have been a configuration problem with Centmin Mod. The version I am using in the Linode VPS is a very old one though it is a mystery why something that was working well should suddenly stop working.

Review of Scaleway VPS

Anyway, so I decided to move from Linode (Singapore) to Scaleway (Paris).

I chose the Scaleway VPS with the following configuration:


6 x86 64bit Cores
8GB Memory
200GB SSD Disk
1 Flexible public IPv4
200Mbit/s Unmetered bandwidth
Flexible volumes

The price that I am paying for the Scaleway VPS is only €9.99 per month which is equivalent to 10.63 US Dollar.

For that price, I am getting 6 x86 64bit Cores, 8GB Memory, 200GB SSD Disk and 200Mbit/s Unmetered bandwidth.

In contrast, for 10 US Dollar, Linode offers the following:

1 CPU Core
30 GB SSD Storage
2 TB Transfer
40 Gbps Network In
1000 Mbps Network Out

So, it is clear that Scaleway offers much more bang for the buck than Linode.

Transfer of files and database from Linode to Scaleway

I first set up the Scaleway VPS with Centmin Mod using the same technique so as to ensure that it is a replica of the old one and I have no compatibility problems etc.

I then moved the files from Linode to Scaleway using the simple tutorial explained in How To Transfer A Web-Site From One Server To Another Using SSH.

The surprising aspect is that the transfer of files from Singapore (Linode) to Paris (Scaleway) took an inordinately long time. The speed fluctuated from 500kbps to 2Mbps. Luckily there was no break in the connection.

Scaleway vs. Linode

Let’s look at the performance of the two Scaleway and Linode VPS:

Scaleway VPS

CPU model:  Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU  C2750  @ 2.40GHz
Number of cores: 6
CPU frequency:  2393.902 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 7976 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
System uptime:   1:03,
I/O speed:  154 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 13.16s
Download 100MB file: 55.5MB/s


CPU model:  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2680 v3 @ 2.50GHz
Number of cores: 1
CPU frequency:  2499.996 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 1996 MB
Total amount of swap: 255 MB
System uptime:   2:57,
I/O speed:  475 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 11.32s
Download 100MB file: 843KB/s

I have been using the Scaleway VPS for 24 hours now. So far, all the signs are positive. The VPS is fast and responsive. The pages are loading fast and there is no lag of any sort.

I had about 400 concurrent visitors in the morning. However, the VPS did not show any load.

I will update the review as I get to use it more and more.

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