Scaleway France Paris Cost-Optimized PLAY2-NANO Instances Test and Review

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Scaleway France Paris Cost-Optimized PLAY2-NANO Instances Test and Review

In this review, we are conducting an in-depth analysis of Scaleway‘s PLAY2-NANO Instances in their Paris, France location. An exceptionally cost-optimized variant, the server operates on a cutting-edge AMD EPYC 7543 32-core Processor. The impressive hardware specification showcases 2 CPU cores, 4 GB RAM, 20 GB of SSD storage, and a 200 Mbps Internet Port. Moreover, it features both an IPv4 and an IPv6 address, enhancing its connectivity potential.

Our analytical framework comprises a series of stringent evaluations such as the Basic Benchmark, Yabs, and Unix Benchmark. These key metrics lay the foundation for evaluating the server’s core performance.

We take a step further with our Global Node Test, designed for a comprehensive network appraisal, and the Global Ping Test, responsible for measuring connection latency.

Additional facets of our testing include the Media Unlock Test, designed to assess regional accessibility, and the CloudFlare Internet Test – a critical evaluation of the connection quality.

Lastly, we use tools like PageSpeed Insights and GTmetrix Performance to appraise web performance. These exhaustive evaluations provide a well-rounded, insightful picture of the server’s overall performance, helping you make the most informed decision.

About Scaleway

Previously recognized as Online SAS or, Scaleway is a prominent French enterprise specializing in cloud computing and web hosting services. The company was founded by Xavier Niel in 1999 and is now a majority-controlled subsidiary of the Iliad group.

At the heart of Scaleway’s offerings is a comprehensive suite of cloud services aimed at fostering the creation of innovative solutions and the full-scale implementation of AI projects. They recently bolstered their AI Suite by introducing the Nabuchodonosor AI Supercomputing 2023 and Nvidia H100 Tensor Core GPUs — their flagship AI Supercomputer.

To complement their robust technological offerings, Scaleway furnishes extensive product documentation encompassing all facets of the Scaleway Ecosystem. This valuable tool guides beginner or advanced users through the optimal utilization of Scaleway’s products and services. It includes everything from conceptual overviews, hands-on tutorials, API documentation, and instructional videos. The entire content library is thoughtfully segmented based on focus areas for user-friendly navigation.

Furthermore, Scaleway offers a Quickstart Guide, a comprehensive roadmap to acquaint clients with every resource in the Scaleway ecosystem and equip them with practices to derive maximum value from the company’s services.

A notable offering in their portfolio is the IoT Hub, an intersection between connected devices and services that facilitates secure device-to-device and device-to-cloud communication. Operating on a Publish/Subscribe architecture ensures versatile data delivery to various destinations, even beyond the traditional bounds of publish/subscribe targets such as databases, object storage, and REST APIs. The IoT Hub can be aptly envisioned as a service-managed message broker.

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BasicBench: Server Profile, I/O Speed, Upload and Download Speed

 CPU Model          : AMD EPYC 7543 32-Core Processor
 CPU Cores          : 2 @ 2794.748 MHz
 CPU Cache          : 512 KB
 AES-NI             : Enabled
 VM-x/AMD-V         : Enabled
 Total Disk         : 18.3 GB (1.0 GB Used)
 Total Mem          : 3.8 GB (64.2 MB Used)
 System uptime      : 0 days, 0 hour 16 min
 Load average       : 0.00, 0.02, 0.00
 OS                 : Debian GNU/Linux 11
 Arch               : x86_64 (64 Bit)
 Kernel             : 5.10.0-25-cloud-amd64
 TCP CC             : bbr
 Virtualization     : KVM
 IPv4/IPv6          : Online / Online
 Organization       : AS12876 SCALEWAY S.A.S.
 Location           : Paris / FR
 Region             : Île-de-France
 I/O Speed(1st run) : 81.8 MB/s
 I/O Speed(2nd run) : 82.0 MB/s
 I/O Speed(3rd run) : 82.1 MB/s
 I/O Speed(average) : 82.0 MB/s
 Node Name        Upload Speed      Download Speed      Latency    303.33 Mbps       1190.56 Mbps        0.55 ms     
 Los Angeles, US  444.86 Mbps       5559.59 Mbps        135.89 ms   
 Dallas, US       441.46 Mbps       5065.40 Mbps        108.14 ms   
 Montreal, CA     423.41 Mbps       935.57 Mbps         89.02 ms    
 Paris, FR        200.97 Mbps       5362.34 Mbps        0.86 ms     
 Amsterdam, NL    200.54 Mbps       3701.79 Mbps        10.77 ms    
 Shanghai, CN     312.05 Mbps       1083.65 Mbps        255.60 ms   
 Nanjing, CN      148.45 Mbps       2175.99 Mbps        180.35 ms   
 Hongkong, CN     256.27 Mbps       2157.30 Mbps        305.83 ms   
 Singapore, SG    231.26 Mbps       2761.18 Mbps        144.65 ms   
 Tokyo, JP        1.06 Mbps         2407.43 Mbps        242.98 ms   
 Finished in        : 6 min 29 sec
 Timestamp          : 2023-10-10 06:03:22 UTC

YabsBench: Disk Speed, iperf3 Network Speed, Geekbench 6 Benchmark

Basic System Information:
Uptime     : 0 days, 0 hours, 26 minutes
Processor  : AMD EPYC 7543 32-Core Processor
CPU cores  : 2 @ 2794.748 MHz
AES-NI     : ✔ Enabled
VM-x/AMD-V : ✔ Enabled
RAM        : 3.8 GiB
Swap       : 0.0 KiB
Disk       : 18.3 GiB
Distro     : Debian GNU/Linux 11 (bullseye)
Kernel     : 5.10.0-25-cloud-amd64
VM Type    : KVM
IPv4/IPv6  : ✔ Online / ✔ Online

IPv6 Network Information:
ISP        : Online S.A.S.
ASN        : AS12876 SCALEWAY S.A.S.
Host       : Scaleway
Location   : Paris, Île-de-France (IDF)
Country    : France

fio Disk Speed Tests (Mixed R/W 50/50):
Block Size | 4k            (IOPS) | 64k           (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 20.63 MB/s    (5.1k) | 81.79 MB/s    (1.2k)
Write      | 20.64 MB/s    (5.1k) | 82.22 MB/s    (1.2k)
Total      | 41.28 MB/s   (10.3k) | 164.01 MB/s   (2.5k)
           |                      |                     
Block Size | 512k          (IOPS) | 1m            (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 78.09 MB/s     (152) | 77.12 MB/s      (75)
Write      | 82.24 MB/s     (160) | 82.25 MB/s      (80)
Total      | 160.34 MB/s    (312) | 159.37 MB/s    (155)

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv4):
Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed      | Ping           
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 423 Mbits/sec   | 7.70 Gbits/sec  | 7.51 ms        
Scaleway        | Paris, FR (10G)           | 460 Mbits/sec   | 5.01 Gbits/sec  | 0.305 ms       
NovoServe       | North Holland, NL (40G)   | 457 Mbits/sec   | 8.26 Gbits/sec  | 12.7 ms        
Uztelecom       | Tashkent, UZ (10G)        | 448 Mbits/sec   | 2.12 Gbits/sec  | 92.9 ms        
Clouvider       | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 445 Mbits/sec   | 2.22 Gbits/sec  | 77.6 ms        
Clouvider       | Dallas, TX, US (10G)      | 416 Mbits/sec   | 669 Mbits/sec   | 113 ms         
Clouvider       | Los Angeles, CA, US (10G) | 435 Mbits/sec   | 1.26 Gbits/sec  | 144 ms         

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv6):
Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed      | Ping           
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 433 Mbits/sec   | 5.09 Gbits/sec  | 7.44 ms        
Scaleway        | Paris, FR (10G)           | 452 Mbits/sec   | 4.97 Gbits/sec  | 0.390 ms       
NovoServe       | North Holland, NL (40G)   | 454 Mbits/sec   | 4.94 Gbits/sec  | 12.5 ms        
Uztelecom       | Tashkent, UZ (10G)        | 448 Mbits/sec   | 2.11 Gbits/sec  | 92.6 ms        
Clouvider       | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 445 Mbits/sec   | 2.29 Gbits/sec  | 77.7 ms        
Clouvider       | Dallas, TX, US (10G)      | 439 Mbits/sec   | 1.53 Gbits/sec  | 113 ms         
Clouvider       | Los Angeles, CA, US (10G) | busy            | 1.29 Gbits/sec  | 144 ms         

Geekbench 6 Benchmark Test:
Test            | Value                         
Single Core     | 1665                          
Multi Core      | 3050                          
Full Test       |

YABS completed in 15 min 8 sec

Looking Glass


Global Node Test

 ## CDN Speedtest

 CacheFly : 609.76 MiB/s | 4878.05 Mbps  | ping   0.690ms
 Gdrive   :  72.67 MiB/s |  581.40 Mbps  | ping   1.368ms

 ## North America Speedtest

 Softlayer, Washington, USA :   1.03 MiB/s |    8.25 Mbps  | ping  80.297ms
 SoftLayer, San Jose, USA   : 548.84 KiB/s |    4.29 Mbps  | ping 148.809ms
 SoftLayer, Dallas, USA     :       0 B/s |      N/A       | ping error!
 Vultr, New Jersey, USA     : 701.09 KiB/s |    5.48 Mbps  | ping  85.388ms
 Vultr, Seattle, USA        :  14.14 MiB/s |  113.10 Mbps  | ping 139.100ms
 Vultr, Dallas, USA         :   4.85 MiB/s |   38.82 Mbps  | ping 263.447ms
 Vultr, Los Angeles, USA    :   4.04 MiB/s |   32.35 Mbps  | ping 258.642ms
 Ramnode, New York, USA     :  28.71 MiB/s |  229.66 Mbps  | ping  77.151ms
 Ramnode, Atlanta, USA      :  25.35 MiB/s |  202.80 Mbps  | ping  88.467ms

 ## Europe Speedtest

 Vultr, London, UK            : 243.90 MiB/s | 1951.22 Mbps  | ping   8.427ms
 LeaseWeb, Frankfurt, Germany : 277.93 KiB/s |    2.17 Mbps  | ping  16.348ms
 Hetzner, Germany             :   8.92 MiB/s |   71.36 Mbps  | ping  13.857ms
 Ramnode, Alblasserdam, NL    :  90.05 MiB/s |  720.43 Mbps  | ping  13.543ms
 Vultr, Amsterdam, NL         : 256.41 MiB/s | 2051.28 Mbps  | ping   9.164ms
 EDIS, Stockholm, Sweden      :   1.77 KiB/s |    0.01 Mbps  | ping  29.275ms
 OVH, Roubaix, France         :   8.33 KiB/s |    0.07 Mbps  | ping   4.554ms
 Online, France               : 728.00 MiB/s | 5823.97 Mbps  | ping   0.379ms
 Prometeus, Milan, Italy      :   2.26 KiB/s |    0.02 Mbps  | ping  18.468ms

 ## Exotic Speedtest

 Sydney, Australia     : 944.23 KiB/s |    7.38 Mbps  | ping 297.539ms
 Lagoon, New Caledonia :      60 B/s |      N/A       | ping 310.987ms
 Hosteasy, Moldova     :  43.78 MiB/s |  350.26 Mbps  | ping  44.378ms
 Prima, Argentina      : 151.94 KiB/s |    1.19 Mbps  | ping error!

 ## Asia Speedtest

 SoftLayer, Singapore : 471.85 KiB/s |    3.69 Mbps  | ping 177.622ms
 Linode, Tokyo, Japan : 120.25 KiB/s |    0.94 Mbps  | ping 232.643ms
 Linode, Singapore    :  21.56 KiB/s |    0.17 Mbps  | ping 225.621ms
 Vultr, Tokyo, Japan  :   4.02 MiB/s |   32.17 Mbps  | ping 277.417ms

 Benchmark finished in 128 seconds

Global Latency Test

Scaleway France Paris Cost-Optimized PLAY2-NANO Instances Test and Review Scaleway France Paris Cost-Optimized PLAY2-NANO Instances Test and Review

Query: ping, interval: 5s, dense mode: no

Probing – RIPENCC /16 AS12876 Online SAS – France

Media Unlock Test

 ** Test Starts At: Tue Oct 10 06:39:26 UTC 2023

 ** Checking Results Under IPv4 
 ** Your Network Provider: Scaleway (51.15.*.*) 

============[ Multination ]============
 Dazn:                                  Yes (Region: FR)
 HotStar:                               No
 Disney+:                               No
 Netflix:                               Originals Only
 YouTube Premium:                       Failed
 Amazon Prime Video:                    Yes (Region: FR)
 TVBAnywhere+:                          Yes
 iQyi Oversea Region:                   FR                               No
 YouTube CDN:                           Amsterdam 
 Netflix Preferred CDN:                 Paris  
 Spotify Registration:                  No
 Steam Currency:                        EUR
 ChatGPT:                               Yes

 ** Checking Results Under IPv6 
 ** Your Network Provider: Scaleway (2001:bc8:700:*:*) 

============[ Multination ]============
 Dazn:                                  Failed (Network Connection)
 HotStar:                               No
 Disney+:                               Yes (Region: FR)
 Netflix:                               Originals Only
 YouTube Premium:                       Failed
 Amazon Prime Video:                    Unsupported
 TVBAnywhere+:                          Failed (Network Connection)
 iQyi Oversea Region:                   Failed                               Failed
 YouTube CDN:                           Amsterdam 
 Netflix Preferred CDN:                 Paris  
 Spotify Registration:                  No
 Steam Currency:                        Failed (Network Connection)
 ChatGPT:                               Yes
Testing Done! 

CloudFlare Internet Test

Scaleway France Paris Cost-Optimized PLAY2-NANO Instances Test and Review

PageSpeed Insights

Scaleway France Paris Cost-Optimized PLAY2-NANO Instances Test and Review

GTmetrix Performance

Scaleway France Paris Cost-Optimized PLAY2-NANO Instances Test and Review

Admin Control Panel

Scaleway France Paris Cost-Optimized PLAY2-NANO Instances Test and Review

Scaleway Elements Console is the centralized hub for comprehensive management of all your Scaleway resources. This interface provides an intuitive user experience to manage your cloud resources, encompassing instances, storage, and networking.

The Console’s extensive features allow you to carry out many account and resource management tasks. It enables operations such as account creation, managing billing information, identity verification, and easy sign-in through magic links. Users can also alter the language setting, transition between personal and corporate accounts, and switch up the console’s color scheme to their preference.

Moreover, the Console lends itself to configuring support plans, managing billing alerts, and redeeming coupon codes. It ensures a secure user experience by promoting the enforcement and use of multifactor authentication while offering recovery options for lost passwords. It facilitates user interaction with the Scaleway support team via support ticket opening and offers provisions for managing personal information (in line with GDPR requirements). Users can even opt for account closure if necessary.

Beyond account management, the Console provides an array of product category controls. For example, you can seamlessly manage Compute Instances directly from the Console. This management includes not only the creation of an instance and connectivity to one but also the utilization of flexible IPs, security groups, and private networks.

It further supports the configuring of reverse DNS, email dispatch from your instance, the use of placement groups, and the creation of an image or snapshot. The Scaleway Elements Console is, thus, your one-stop shop for comprehensive, user-friendly management of all Scaleway resources.

Server Pricing

Scaleway France Paris Cost-Optimized PLAY2-NANO Instances Test and Review

Scaleway offers a variety of services, each with its pricing model:

  1. Serverless Functions: Each request is billed €0.00000015 (or €0.15 per Million Requests), and they offer 1M free requests per account per month. Resources consumption is billed €1.2 per 100k GB-s, and they provide 400 000 GB-s Free Tiers per account and month.
  2. Serverless Containers: Memory consumption is billed at €0.000001 / GB-s (€0.10 per 100k GB-s) after 400 000 GB-s Free Tiers per account and month. vCPU consumption is billed at €0.00001 / vCPU-s (€1.0 per 100k vCPU-s) after a 200 000 vCPU-s Free Tiers per account and month.
  3. Managed Kubernetes – Kubernetes Kapsule: The pricing ranges from free for the “Mutualized” plan to €0.35/hour (€255/month) for the “Dedicated-16” plan.
  4. Managed Kubernetes – Kubernetes Kosmos: The pricing ranges from €0.01444/hour (€105/month) for the “Mutualized” plan to €0.4944/hour (€361/month) for the “Dedicated-16” plan.

Please note that these are just some of the services offered by Scaleway, and the actual cost may vary based on your specific usage and requirements.

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Scaleway accepts several forms of payment for its services. These include:

  1. Visa
  2. MasterCard
  3. CB
  4. UnionPay
  5. American Express

All Public Cloud services are based on the “pay as you go” model, meaning you only pay for what you use. Your monthly invoice is calculated at the end of each month and based on your hourly resource usage. Some products are invoiced separately.

The final price of your Instance is calculated according to the characteristics of your resource. Each of these resources is billed separately for a minimum of 60 minutes. Each uninterrupted period between a start and a stop billing event will be considered a unique resource.

It’s important to note that when an Elastic Metal server or Apple silicon M1 is powered off, the physical machine remains allocated to the user’s account, meaning the resource continues to be billed.


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Customer Support

Scaleway offers a variety of support plans to cater to different needs:

  1. Basic: This plan is included for all Scaleway Elements customers automatically. It offers 24/7 unlimited support via live chat or tickets.
  2. Silver: This plan is designed for startups and SMEs. It guarantees response times of less than one hour and provides hotline access.
  3. Gold: This plan is ideal for fast-growing startups, mission-critical infrastructure, and enterprises. It guarantees a response time of less than 30 minutes and provides the dedicated assistance of Technical Account Managers and Solutions Architects.
  4. Platinum: This plan is designed for companies running multiple mission-critical projects. It offers a bespoke support plan that will empower your business to succeed.

You can contact the Scaleway support team via hotline, live chat, or online ticketing. They guarantee premium members a response in as little as 15 minutes and up to one hour. Their team of Support Experts, Technical Account Managers, and Solutions Architects are ready to assist you with any technical issue.


The Basic Bench test consistently performed I/O speed with an average of 82.0 MB/s, demonstrating reliable storage performance. Upload and download speeds varied according to global locations, with remarkably high values observed for cities like Los Angeles, US (Download: 5559.59 Mbps) and Amsterdam, NL (Upload: 200.54 Mbps). The least latency was seen with at 0.55 ms, showcasing great responsiveness.

The Yabs Performance Bench revealed mixed R/W results with block sizes of 4k and 64k, demonstrating 10.3k and 2.5k IOPS, respectively, indicating balanced read/write operations. On a larger scale, with 512k and 1m block sizes, the performances were again consistent, indicating stable operations.

Geekbench 6 benchmarks yielded a Single Core score of 1665 and a Multi Core score of 3050, indicating competent CPU performance. The full test results can be viewed [here](

The Media Unlock Test uncovered regional unlocks for multiple streaming services, including DAZN and Amazon Prime, with a region set to FR. Most notably, only Netflix Originals were available, with YouTube Premium failing this assessment.

In conclusion, Scaleway’s PLAY2-NANO Instances reveal a balanced performance, reliable compute and network capabilities, and conflicting results in regional streaming unlocks. While excelling in technical parameters, prospective users should consider their specific requirements for media unlocks. This makes Scaleway’s PLAY2-NANO a potent option for cost-effective, performance-driven ventures that prioritize technical specifications over media unlocks.

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