When comparing Vultr vs Amazon EC2, the Slant community recommends Vultr for most people. In the question“What are the best VPS providers?” Vultr is ranked 3rd while Amazon EC2 is ranked 5th. The most important reason people chose Vultr is:
Vultr consistently has great results in benchmarks compared to other VPS providers. It's true that VPS benchmarks are famous for not being very credible because they depend on a myriad of outside variables (most notably instances hosted on the same hardware and distance from the data-center). But still, Vultr scores consistently high in several different benchmarks such as [CPU performance](http://public.due.io/vps_comparison/results/sysbench_cpu/v1024_sc.txt) and [MySQL compilation times](http://public.due.io/vps_comparison/results/mysql_compile/mysql_compile.txt).
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Pro Great performance
Vultr consistently has great results in benchmarks compared to other VPS providers. It's true that VPS benchmarks are famous for not being very credible because they depend on a myriad of outside variables (most notably instances hosted on the same hardware and distance from the data-center). But still, Vultr scores consistently high in several different benchmarks such as CPU performance and MySQL compilation times.
Pro Wide geographic coverage
Vultr boasts more than a dozen datacenters across the world, ensuring maximal geographic coverage and the chance to increase loading speed wherever your largest demographics may be in the world.
Pro Custom ISO support
Pro Bitcoin payment support
Vultr supports Bitcoin payment. If you want to be extra careful about security and the security of your credit card/bank account/paypal account you can pay with Bitcoins.
Pro Quick-deploy apps
Vultr offers stock "apps", such as LEMP, Wordpress, Mincraft, Webmin, ownCloud, etc, that can be deployed instantly.
Pro Your own IP Space (BGP AS)
You can announce your own BGP space across all of Vultr's datacenters worldwide.
Pro Daily automatic backup
Vultr is capable of running daily backups with two most recent backups stored. Time of backup can be changed.
Pro One-year free tier
You get 750 hours per month of free t2.micro usage for the first year.
Pro New t2.nano tier makes it cost competitive
AWS has typically been much more expensive but the new tier brings them inline with a $5 per months starter.
Pro Excellent feature-set
The tools and features available on AWS are mind blowing. From blob store through load balancers, queuing and databases just for starters.
Con No billing-support on sunday
Added 30 dollars of funds to a new account on a Sunday, however Vultr did not allow me to deploy because of a insufficient funds message. Added support ticket, received the answer that billing related issues are only resolved on workdays.
Con Sub-par documentation
While Vultr does offer documentation, it's not of a very high quality. Not everything is covered and it's more aimed at advanced users. So it wouldn't be a good choice for a beginner.
Con Part of large infrastructure
Being part of huge Amazon services infrastructure, EC2 burrows you into bureaucracy of a large company, advertising other Amazon services, and making simple things look complicated.