We’re now offering these in our Raspberry Pi Cloud starting from £7.50/month or 1.2p/hour.
Since the release of the Raspberry Pi 4 last year, it’s been an obvious addition to our Raspberry Pi cloud, but it’s taken us a little while to make it happen. Our Raspberry Pi Cloud relies on network boot in order to ensure that customers can’t brick or compromise servers and, at launch, the Pi 4 wasn’t able to network boot. We now have a stable replacement firmware with full PXE boot support.
The Pi 4 represents a significant upgrade over the Pi 3; it is over twice as fast, has four times the RAM and the network card runs at full gigabit speed. On a network-booted server this gives you much faster file access in addition to more bandwidth out to the internet. We’ve done considerable back-end work to support the Pi 4. We’ve implemented:
- New operating system images that work on the Pi 4 for 32 bit Raspberry Pi OS and Ubuntu.
- A significant file server upgrade for faster IO performance.
- Supporting the different PXE boot mode of the Pi 4 without impacting our Pi 3 support.
Is it any good?
tl;dr – YES
We’ve historically used WordPress as a benchmarking tool, mostly because it’s representative of web applications in general and as a hosting company we manage a lot of those. So we put the Raspberry Pi 4 up against a Well Known Cloud Provider that offers ARM instances. We benchmarked against both first generation (a1) and second generation (m6g) instances.
Our test was rendering 10,000 pages from a default WordPress install at a concurrency level of 50.
|Raspberry Pi 4||a1.large||m6g.medium|
|Spec||4 cores @ 1.5Ghz
|Requests per second||107||52||57|
|Mean request time||457ms||978ms||868ms|
|99th percentile request time||791ms||1247ms||1056ms|
In both cases the Pi 4 is approximately twice as fast at a quarter of the price.
- Raspberry Pi 4 monthly price based on on-demand per-second pricing.
- USD to GBP conversion from Google on 17th June 2020