Zenlayer China Hong Kong Basic Compute Virtual Machine Test and Review

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Zenlayer China Hong Kong Basic Compute Virtual Machine Test and Review

This time, we will check out the Zenlayer China Hong Kong Basic Compute Shared vCPU Virtual Machine. It uses a powerful Intel Xeon Processor (Cascadelake) with 4 CPU cores, 8 GB of RAM, a 40 GB standard disk, a superfast 1 Gbps internet connection, 1500 Mbps public data transfer capacity, and an IPv4 address.

We’ll start with basic benchmarks like Basic Benchmark, Yabs, and Unix Benchmark to understand its fundamental performance. Then, we’ll dive into how well it connects globally with the Global Node Test and check how fast it is with the Global Ping Test.

Our team also sees if it can handle media content well with the Media Unlock Test. To assess the quality of its connection, we’ll use the CloudFlare Internet Test. Lastly, we’ll see how fast it loads web pages with PageSpeed Insights and GTmetrix Performance tests.

About Zenlayer

Zenlayer Virtual Machines, a recent addition to the Zenlayer suite of services, offer a compelling solution for businesses seeking to simplify their operations. These virtual machines are a cost-effective alternative to renting a full server, providing a flexible and reliable way to deploy applications close to your global user base.

Let’s delve into what virtual machines are and how they function. Essentially, a virtual machine is a virtualized instance that utilizes the physical resources of the host server, such as the processor, memory, and storage, to run its applications. A single physical server can host multiple virtual machines, each isolated and secure.

Imagine the host server as a hotel. Each virtual machine is a tenant occupying a room within the hotel. These rooms, or logical partitions, can vary in size and layout but are all separated by their lock and key. Each room has its air conditioning controller, restroom, and television that operate independently of others.

So, why should you consider Zenlayer Virtual Machines? They save you money and effort. When you spin up a virtual machine from a provider like Zenlayer, there’s no equipment required other than the device you’re using to access your provider’s provisioning platform. All required hardware, including networking equipment, is maintained by your provider. You choose the specs, the operating system, and other desired configurations to suit your needs.

Official Website: https://www.zenlayer.com

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

 CPU Model          : Intel Xeon Processor (Cascadelake)
 CPU Cores          : 4 @ 2095.078 MHz
 CPU Cache          : 16384 KB
 AES-NI             : ✓ Enabled
 VM-x/AMD-V         : ✓ Enabled
 Total Disk         : 39.3 GB (2.0 GB Used)
 Total Mem          : 7.8 GB (280.4 MB Used)
 System uptime      : 0 days, 0 hour 14 min
 Load average       : 0.51, 0.29, 0.20
 OS                 : Debian GNU/Linux 11
 Arch               : x86_64 (64 Bit)
 Kernel             : 5.10.0-19-amd64
 TCP CC             : bbr
 Virtualization     : KVM
 IPv4/IPv6          : ✓ Online / ✗ Offline
 Organization       : AS21859 Zenlayer Inc
 Location           : Hong Kong / HK
 Region             : Hong Kong
----------------------------------------------------------------------
 I/O Speed(1st run) : 78.8 MB/s
 I/O Speed(2nd run) : 77.7 MB/s
 I/O Speed(3rd run) : 86.9 MB/s
 I/O Speed(average) : 81.1 MB/s
----------------------------------------------------------------------
 Node Name        Upload Speed      Download Speed      Latency     
 Speedtest.net    1535.44 Mbps      1564.56 Mbps        0.20 ms     
 Los Angeles, US  530.12 Mbps       1860.44 Mbps        147.94 ms   
 Dallas, US       390.02 Mbps       1868.41 Mbps        221.90 ms   
 Montreal, CA     351.13 Mbps       865.06 Mbps         240.11 ms   
 Paris, FR        403.46 Mbps       1837.56 Mbps        240.45 ms   
 Amsterdam, NL    415.44 Mbps       2195.46 Mbps        198.46 ms   
 Shanghai, CN     247.56 Mbps       1818.97 Mbps        320.64 ms   
 Mumbai, IN       922.84 Mbps       1889.59 Mbps        99.78 ms    
 Singapore, SG    1759.26 Mbps      2862.86 Mbps        36.35 ms    
 Tokyo, JP        1789.52 Mbps      1891.93 Mbps        42.45 ms    
----------------------------------------------------------------------
 Finished in        : 5 min 58 sec
 Timestamp          : 2024-02-22 00:39:08 UTC

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

Basic System Information:
---------------------------------
Uptime     : 0 days, 0 hours, 21 minutes
Processor  : Intel Xeon Processor (Cascadelake)
CPU cores  : 4 @ 2095.078 MHz
AES-NI     : ✔ Enabled
VM-x/AMD-V : ✔ Enabled
RAM        : 7.8 GiB
Swap       : 0.0 KiB
Disk       : 39.3 GiB
Distro     : Debian GNU/Linux 11 (bullseye)
Kernel     : 5.10.0-19-amd64
VM Type    : KVM
IPv4/IPv6  : ✔ Online / ❌ Offline

IPv4 Network Information:
---------------------------------
ISP        : Zenlayer Inc
ASN        : AS21859 Zenlayer Inc
Host       : Zenlayer Inc
Location   : Kowloon Bay, Kwun Tong (KKT)
Country    : Hong Kong

fio Disk Speed Tests (Mixed R/W 50/50):
---------------------------------
Block Size | 4k            (IOPS) | 64k           (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 8.00 MB/s     (2.0k) | 97.89 MB/s    (1.5k)
Write      | 8.04 MB/s     (2.0k) | 98.41 MB/s    (1.5k)
Total      | 16.04 MB/s    (4.0k) | 196.30 MB/s   (3.0k)
           |                      |                     
Block Size | 512k          (IOPS) | 1m            (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 95.48 MB/s     (186) | 92.32 MB/s      (90)
Write      | 100.55 MB/s    (196) | 98.47 MB/s      (96)
Total      | 196.04 MB/s    (382) | 190.79 MB/s    (186)

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv4):
---------------------------------
Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed      | Ping           
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 775 Mbits/sec   | 914 Mbits/sec   | 183 ms         
Scaleway        | Paris, FR (10G)           | busy            | 349 Mbits/sec   | 240 ms         
NovoServe       | North Holland, NL (40G)   | 805 Mbits/sec   | 931 Mbits/sec   | 187 ms         
Uztelecom       | Tashkent, UZ (10G)        | 612 Mbits/sec   | 746 Mbits/sec   | 227 ms         
Clouvider       | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 600 Mbits/sec   | 736 Mbits/sec   | 230 ms         
Clouvider       | Dallas, TX, US (10G)      | 751 Mbits/sec   | 903 Mbits/sec   | 194 ms         
Clouvider       | Los Angeles, CA, US (10G) | 906 Mbits/sec   | 1.09 Gbits/sec  | 160 ms         

Geekbench 6 Benchmark Test:
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Test            | Value                         
                |                               
Single Core     | 972                           
Multi Core      | 3136                          
Full Test       | https://browser.geekbench.com/v6/cpu/5015498

YABS completed in 13 min 40 sec

UnixBench: CPU Performance, A score higher is better

Benchmark Run: Thu Feb 22 2024 00:58:48 - 01:26:57
4 CPUs in system; running 1 parallel copy of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables       34158040.1 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                     5169.3 MWIPS (9.9 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                               3799.5 lps   (29.8 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks        922978.3 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks          252747.5 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks       1974057.9 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                             1743122.2 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                  74792.4 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                               6294.7 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                  10469.2 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                   2973.4 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                        2001628.2 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   34158040.1   2927.0
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0       5169.3    939.9
Execl Throughput                                 43.0       3799.5    883.6
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0     922978.3   2330.8
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0     252747.5   1527.2
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0    1974057.9   3403.5
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0    1743122.2   1401.2
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0      74792.4    187.0
Process Creation                                126.0       6294.7    499.6
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4      10469.2   2469.1
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0       2973.4   4955.6
System Call Overhead                          15000.0    2001628.2   1334.4
                                                                   ========
System Benchmarks Index Score                                        1412.2

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Benchmark Run: Thu Feb 22 2024 01:26:57 - 01:55:09
4 CPUs in system; running 4 parallel copies of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables      135422038.1 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                    20675.8 MWIPS (9.9 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                              10453.2 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks        546776.4 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks          161124.1 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks       1567295.3 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                             6971539.4 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                 458185.9 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                              24626.5 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                  25074.5 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                   3477.1 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                        3605010.0 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0  135422038.1  11604.3
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0      20675.8   3759.2
Execl Throughput                                 43.0      10453.2   2431.0
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0     546776.4   1380.7
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0     161124.1    973.6
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0    1567295.3   2702.2
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0    6971539.4   5604.1
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0     458185.9   1145.5
Process Creation                                126.0      24626.5   1954.5
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4      25074.5   5913.8
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0       3477.1   5795.1
System Call Overhead                          15000.0    3605010.0   2403.3
                                                                   ========
System Benchmarks Index Score                                        2928.6

======= Script description and score comparison completed! ======= 

Looking Glass

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Global Node Test

 ## CDN Speedtest

 CacheFly :      88 B/s |      N/A       | ping   0.430ms
 Gdrive   :   4.11 KiB/s |    0.03 Mbps  | ping   1.469ms


 ## North America Speedtest

 Softlayer, Washington, USA : 336.14 KiB/s |    2.63 Mbps  | ping 216.352ms
 SoftLayer, San Jose, USA   :   2.34 MiB/s |   18.72 Mbps  | ping 153.130ms
 SoftLayer, Dallas, USA     :       0 B/s |      N/A       | ping error!
 Vultr, New Jersey, USA     : 222.56 KiB/s |    1.74 Mbps  | ping 218.564ms
 Vultr, Seattle, USA        :  10.57 MiB/s |   84.54 Mbps  | ping 170.562ms
 Vultr, Dallas, USA         :   1.12 MiB/s |    8.96 Mbps  | ping 185.146ms
 Vultr, Los Angeles, USA    :  12.46 MiB/s |   99.65 Mbps  | ping 151.698ms
 Ramnode, New York, USA     :   6.82 MiB/s |   54.56 Mbps  | ping 223.491ms
 Ramnode, Atlanta, USA      :   8.33 MiB/s |   66.63 Mbps  | ping 196.983ms


 ## Europe Speedtest

 Vultr, London, UK            :   5.35 MiB/s |   42.80 Mbps  | ping 186.054ms
 LeaseWeb, Frankfurt, Germany :  27.74 KiB/s |    0.22 Mbps  | ping 195.229ms
 Hetzner, Germany             :     249 B/s |      N/A       | ping 185.276ms
 Ramnode, Alblasserdam, NL    :   8.27 MiB/s |   66.14 Mbps  | ping 202.220ms
 Vultr, Amsterdam, NL         :   8.52 MiB/s |   68.18 Mbps  | ping 197.051ms
 EDIS, Stockholm, Sweden      :     253 B/s |      N/A       | ping 253.081ms
 OVH, Roubaix, France         :     185 B/s |      N/A       | ping 228.872ms
 Online, France               :   2.34 MiB/s |   18.71 Mbps  | ping 239.800ms
 Prometeus, Milan, Italy      :     177 B/s |      N/A       | ping 258.770ms


 ## Exotic Speedtest

 Sydney, Australia     :  15.18 MiB/s |  121.44 Mbps  | ping 129.489ms
 Lagoon, New Caledonia :     423 B/s |      N/A       | ping 155.032ms
 Hosteasy, Moldova     :   1.96 MiB/s |   15.65 Mbps  | ping 210.667ms
 Prima, Argentina      : 144.56 KiB/s |    1.13 Mbps  | ping error!


 ## Asia Speedtest

 SoftLayer, Singapore :  52.06 MiB/s |  416.52 Mbps  | ping  32.198ms
 Linode, Tokyo, Japan :  42.72 MiB/s |  341.73 Mbps  | ping  54.366ms
 Linode, Singapore    :  68.78 MiB/s |  550.21 Mbps  | ping  31.196ms
 Vultr, Tokyo, Japan  :  47.89 MiB/s |  383.14 Mbps  | ping  48.753ms


 Benchmark finished in 145 seconds

Global Latency Test

Zenlayer China Hong Kong Basic Compute Virtual Machine Test and Review Zenlayer China Hong Kong Basic Compute Virtual Machine Test and Review

Query: ping 98.98.49.58, interval: 5s, dense mode: no

Probing 98.98.49.58 – ARIN /22 AS21859 ZEN-ECN – Hong Kong

Media Unlock Test

 ** Test Starts At: Thu Feb 22 00:30:05 UTC 2024

 ** Checking Results Under IPv4 
--------------------------------
 ** Your Network Provider: Zenlayer (98.98.*.*) 

============[ Multination ]============
 Dazn:                                  Yes (Region: HK)
 HotStar:                               No
 Disney+:                               No
 Netflix:                               No
 YouTube Premium:                       Yes (Region: HK)
 Amazon Prime Video:                    Yes (Region: HK)
 TVBAnywhere+:                          No
 iQyi Oversea Region:                   HK
 Viu.com:                               Yes (Region: HK)
 YouTube CDN:                           Hong Kong 
 Netflix Preferred CDN:                 Hong Kong  
 Spotify Registration:                  Yes (Region: HK)
 Steam Currency:                        HKD
 ChatGPT:                               Only Available with Mobile APP
 Bing Region:                           HK
 Instagram Licensed Audio:              No
=======================================
No IPv6 Connectivity Found, Abort IPv6 Testing...

Testing Done! 

CloudFlare Internet Test

Zenlayer China Hong Kong Basic Compute Virtual Machine Test and Review

PageSpeed Insights

Zenlayer China Hong Kong Basic Compute Virtual Machine Test and Review

GTmetrix Performance

Zenlayer China Hong Kong Basic Compute Virtual Machine Test and Review

Get Started with Zenlayer Virtual Machines

Zenlayer China Hong Kong Basic Compute Virtual Machine Test and Review

Firstly, you need to access the Zenlayer console. This is the platform where you will manage all your virtual machines. It’s user-friendly and designed to make the process as simple as possible.

Once you’re on the console, creating an instance is next. An instance is a virtual machine you configure according to your needs. You can choose the specifications, the operating system, and other configurations that suit your requirements.

After creating an instance, you’ll want to manage your instances. This involves monitoring their performance, making necessary adjustments, and ensuring they run smoothly.

In addition to managing instances, you’ll also need to manage data disks. These are the storage units for your virtual machines. You can create, delete, and modify data disks as needed.

Finally, you’ll need to set up your network and security. This involves creating a network, setting up a subnet, and establishing a security group. These steps ensure that your virtual machines can communicate securely with each other and the outside world.

Admin Control Panel

Zenlayer China Hong Kong Basic Compute Virtual Machine Test and Review

Zenlayer Console, often called zenConsole, is a next-generation self-service cloud management platform. It’s the heart of Zenlayer’s suite of services, providing a user-friendly interface for managing various edge cloud services.

Firstly, let’s talk about its purpose. Zenlayer Console allows users to purchase and manage Zenlayer edge cloud services. These services include Bare Metal Cloud, Global Accelerator, and more. It’s designed to make managing these services as easy and flexible as possible.

Next, let’s delve into its features. Zenlayer Console offers a range of flexible self-service options. You can easily create and manage resources like bare metal instances, virtual machine instances, global accelerators, and cloud networking. It also provides a dashboard to view your current resources and their details.

In addition, Zenlayer Console offers a search bar to help you find the resources you want. It supports fuzzy search, which means you can find resources even if you don’t know the exact name. This feature can save you a lot of time when managing many resources.

Furthermore, Zenlayer Console provides a quick start option for creating various resources. This feature is particularly useful for beginners who are not yet familiar with the platform. It also offers user guides and API documents to help you better use Zenlayer products.

Zenlayer Console includes a billing center to view orders, subscriptions, balances, vouchers, and more. This feature makes it easy to keep track of your spending and manage your budget.

Server Pricing

Zenlayer China Hong Kong Basic Compute Virtual Machine Test and Review

The price of a Virtual Machine Instance includes CPU, Memory, bandwidth cap, system disk, and optional data disk. The detailed specifications of CPU and Memory that you can select are shown when placing the order on zenConsole. The price varies with different specifications and locations.

Next, we have the bandwidth cap. This refers to the maximum connectivity rate between your VM instance and the public network. The price varies according to the bandwidth cap size and the VM instance’s location.

Then, there’s the system disk. This is the storage of the VM instance’s operating system. The price varies according to the storage volume and the location of the VM instance.

Regarding billing, Virtual Machine Instances are subscribed on a 30-day basis and renewed automatically. If you no longer use the virtual machine instance, you can unsubscribe. However, please note that the Virtual Machine Instance doesn’t support a refund on the unused part if unsubscribed before the subscription cycle expires.

Official Website: https://www.zenlayer.com

Payments

Zenlayer supports multiple payment methods. You can pay for their services using a credit card, PayPal, or Alipay. This flexibility lets you choose the payment method that best suits your needs.

In terms of subscription terms, you can use the Pay-as-you-go model or subscribe to resources for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, or 1 year on zenConsole. The longer you subscribe, the more term-based discounts you receive. If your account balance is insufficient, you must refill it and go to Billing > Subscriptions to resubscribe your resources to avoid service suspension or deletion.

Please note that Zenlayer does not support refunds on the unused part if you unsubscribe before the subscription cycle expires. If you have overdue bills, existing subscription resources are not affected. However, you cannot purchase new resources and services or upgrade your configurations.

Coupon

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Customer Support

Zenlayer provides support that is available 24/7 for all services. This means you can contact them any time of the day or night, regardless of your time zone.

Next, Zenlayer offers multiple ways to contact their support team. You can reach them through their U.S. toll-free number +1 800.858.7986, U.S. number +1 626.412.0049, or Singapore number +65 3129.7887. This flexibility lets you choose the contact method that best suits your needs.

In addition to phone support, Zenlayer also provides support through their website. You can find a wealth of information and resources on their support page, including user guides and API documents.

Furthermore, Zenlayer prides itself on its quick response times. They aim to respond to inquiries in 15 minutes or less, and most problems are resolved in under 4 hours. This ensures that you can get the help you need without unnecessary delays.

Lastly, Zenlayer’s support extends to every layer of its services. This includes support at the network, hardware, and OS layers. Whether you’re facing a technical issue or have a question about their services, Zenlayer’s support team is there to help.

Conclusion

Our I/O speed tests showed an average speed of 81.1 MB/s on the lower side, indicating the server’s disk speed might not be the fastest for heavy data operations. In our global network performance tests, the server showed impressive upload and download speeds, particularly in Singapore, with 1759.26 Mbps and 2862.86 Mbps, respectively, and low latency across various nodes, showcasing its robust connection capabilities across distances.

The Yabs performance bench gave us a mixed picture with disk speeds of around 190.79 MB/s for large files, which is decent but not top-of-the-line. However, the Geekbench results were more promising, with a single-core score of 972 and a multi-core score of 3136. These scores indicate the server has a solid performance for various tasks. The UnixBench scores further affirmed the server’s good CPU performance capability, especially when running multiple tasks simultaneously, peaking at an index score of 2928.6 when all four CPUs were in action.

In conclusion, the Zenlayer China Hong Kong Basic Compute Shared vCPU Virtual Machine delivers strong network performance and good CPU capabilities, making it a reliable choice for tasks that require good connectivity and moderate processing power.

However, the server’s disk I/O performance might be a limiting factor for data-intensive applications. This blend of strengths and weaknesses provides a nuanced option for businesses targeting the Asian market, balancing speed and processing requirements against the demands of heavy data operations.

Official Website: https://www.zenlayer.com

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