Koyeb vs Render

Wondering how Koyeb compares to Render? Get the lowdown with our (not so) vendor-neutral version of the comparison!

Developer-friendly and jam-packed with powerful features, the Koyeb serverless platform is the fastest way to deploy cloud-native applications globally.

We designed Koyeb to deliver all the features that have become table stakes for modern applications: global deployments, autoscaling, private networks with service mesh and discovery, and much more.

We created this comparison to highlight the key differences between Render and Koyeb. We hope it helps you decide if Koyeb is the best fit for your workload. In our opinion, of course, it is! 😇

Features

Type of services: On Koyeb, you can host all your web apps and services, APIs, event-driven functions, cron jobs, static and dynamic websites. With Render, you can host static websites, cron jobs, and services. Koyeb lets you deploy pre-built containers but also functions and applications directly from git while Render does not provide pre-built containers or functions support.

Global deployments: Koyeb offers global deployments in 10 core locations across the world while Render only offers 2 locations: Oregon, USA and Germany.

Built-in CDN and edge network: Render's CDN is available only for static websites whereas Koyeb's CDN is available in 55 edge locations for all types of web services and apps, including static and dynamic sites.

Private network, service mesh and service discovery: Render does not provide a built-in service mesh and service discovery mechanism with its private network. On Render, each team has a private network per region, meaning private services cannot communicate with one another between different regions and there is no app-level isolation. On Koyeb, services can speak between different regions thanks to Koyeb's built-in service mesh and benefit from service discovery, load-balancing, automatic TLS encryption, and native app-level isolation.

Horizontal scaling: Horizontal scaling is a feature that lets you manually determine the number of instances you will always have running. Koyeb and Render both offer horizontal scaling.

Autoscaling: Autoscaling is a feature that dynamically adjusts the amount of nodes depending on the traffic your application receives. Koyeb and Render both offer autoscaling. Due to Koyeb's unique design, the boot time for these automatically scaled resources is faster than on Render. Koyeb's autoscaling is based on incoming requests.

Computing power: While Render provides different services on top of AWS (Amazon Web Services) and GCP, Koyeb is focused on providing a powerful serverless compute solution on top of BareMetal servers and relies on Firecracker microVMs to run your applications. Firecracker combines the isolation and security offered by full virtualization solutions with the speed and density provided by container technology.

Automatic HTTPS: With Koyeb, all of your apps and APIs will be automatically secured by a TLS certificate from Let's Encrypt.

Autohealing: Koyeb offers built-in TCP health checks on all applications you deploy. The platform also lets you define additional HTTP health checks to ensure your applications are running properly, and automatically respawn them if they become unresponsive.

Data residency and compliance: Koyeb lets you perform simple, controllable, multi-region deployments to respect sovereignty and compliance requirements. Render is also committed to data residency and compliance, but with a smaller global network. Render's GDPR compliance for its Germany location requires disabling automatic backups for their managed PostgreSQL databases.

Developer experience

  • Deployment methods: Koyeb supports git-driven deployment and Docker deployment from any container registry whereas Render only supports git-driven deployment.
  • Multi-region deployments: For starters, Render only has 2 regions while Koyeb supports 10 regions across the world. Then, if you want to deploy your app in multiple regions on Render, you need to create a new service for each region whereas Koyeb lets you select the regions your service will run when you deploy it for the first time.
  • CLI: The Koyeb CLI allows you to manage your applications and automate their deployments directly from the terminal. Render, on the other hand, does not have a CLI.
  • Inter-service communication: Thanks to Koyeb's built-in service mesh, services deployed on Koyeb in one region can talk to services deployed in other regions. In contrast, services deployed on Render in one private network cannot communicate with services deployed in another region.
  • Rollback: Koyeb's built-in versioning lets your rollback easily, which lets you deploy new features faster and fearlessly.
  • Git-driven CI/CD: With a simple git push, Koyeb handles building and deploying your app.
  • Koyeb Cron jobs allow you to run scheduled tasks at customizable intervals.
  • Koyeb Secrets provide a simple solution to pass confidential information, such as passwords and tokens, to your application.

Performance

Cutting-edge serverless technology on high-end hardware: With Koyeb, all of your apps are transparently deployed in MicroVMs on BareMetal servers. MicroVMs provide top-notch security and performance thanks to hardware-assisted virtualization. Moreover, Koyeb uses the latest generations of Intel and AMD high-end CPUs to power your workloads. All of this is built-in to the Koyeb platform, without any management of code modification from you.

Learn more about the benefits of Firecracker and how the technology works.

According to this The New Stack article, Render uses Go, Docker, and Kubernetes and runs on AWS and GCP. We first started building the Koyeb platform with Kubernetes, but we switched to a custom stack based on Nomad, Firecracker, and Kuma. If you want to learn more about these technologies and our decision to switch, check out The Koyeb Serverless Engine: from Kubernetes to Nomad, Firecracker, and Kuma.

Fast connections and load-balancing: Fast connections on Koyeb are supported by modern protocols like HTTP/2, WebSocket, and gRPC. On Koyeb, all requests to your apps are served over HTTP/2 to reduce web page load latency. HTTP/2 allows to send multiple streams of data at once and reduces the number of simultaneous connections.

High availability architectures: On Koyeb, you can easily deploy your applications to multiple core locations to build an app resistant to regional failures. On Render, to achieve multi-region resiliency, you need to create a service for each location and to configure an external global load-balancer service such as Fastly or Cloudflare. On Koyeb, you only need to create one service and select the regions where you want your app to run, traffic is automatically routed to the nearest functional core location.

Global edge network: The Koyeb Global Edge Network allows you to deliver your content faster and close to your user thanks to our 55 edge locations, with zero configuration. While Render's CDN is only available for static sites, Koyeb's built-in CDN is available for all web apps and services, APIs, cron jobs, and more.

Customer focus

All Koyeb users can join the Koyeb community Slack to exchange directly with other users and the Koyeb team.

Koyeb offers a 99.9% uptime SLA with its Start-Up plan and a 24x7x365 support with its Enterprise plan. Render has no customer service solutions or SLA included in its offerings from what we found.

Pricing

Koyeb's pricing model is linear according to resource use whereas Render's starting costs are segmented by project type and determined by usage afterward. The first table we prepared compares the free-tiers offered by Koyeb and Render. The following five tables compare running similar-sized service projects running on Koyeb and Render.

The key differences between these offerings are:

  • At the free tier, you can host any type of project you want with Koyeb, be it a web app or service, a cron job, an API, or event-driven function. In comparison, you can only host static websites on Render's free tier.
  • Across the board of service sizes, Koyeb offers more computing resources, namely CPU and SSD disk, at a more affordable price.
  • Outbound bandwidth costs $0.04 per GB with Koyeb while with Render it costs $0.10 per GB. Both Koyeb and Render offer you 100 GB free egress bandwidth per month.

Free Tier Comparison

RenderKoyeb
What You Can DeployOnly static websites. 😐Static sites, dynamic websites, web apps and services,
APIs, cron jobs, and event-driven functions.
2 projects of your choice with 1 vCPU, 256 MB RAM,
and 2500 MB of SSD disk each.

Unlike Render that limits its free-tier to static deployments, Koyeb's free-tier is not restricted to the type of application you deploy. On Koyeb, you can deploy any combination of web apps and services, APIs, cron jobs, event-driven functions on its free tier, which provides you 2 services with 1 CPU, 256 MB RAM, and 2500 MB of SSD disk each.

Another key distinction here is the available features: Koyeb provides built-in global deployments to 10 core locations while Render only offers 2 regions.

Deploy a Small Project

CPURAMSSD DiskPrice
Render11 GBUnknown$15 per month
Koyeb11 GB10 GB$10.7 per month

Koyeb provides clear Ephemeral SSD Disk size in all its offerings whereas Render doesn't give this information.

Regarding feature availability, Render's CDN is only available for the static sites deployed on Render. On the other hand, Koyeb's CDN is available for all types of services deployed on Koyeb. Then there is the service mesh and private network. Services deployed in one region on Render cannot communicate with services deployed in another region. Koyeb's built-in service mesh allows services to communicate between different regions. On this note, another important distinction here is that Koyeb provides built-in global deployments to 10 core locations while Render offers only 2 locations.

Deploy a Large Service

CPURAMSSD DiskPrice
Render48 GBUnknown$175 per month
Koyeb88 GB80 GB$85.70 per month

For very large services, Render's prices become much steeper. At less than half the price of Render, Koyeb offers 4 extra CPUs and 80 GB SSD disk.

Koyeb offers a built-in service mesh with its private network meaning services deployed on Koyeb can communicate with one another between different regions. Render's private network does not provide this feature, meaning services deployed in one region on Render cannot communicate with services deployed in another region.

Also, Koyeb provides global deployments to 10 core locations, compared to Render's 2 available regions, and a CDN with 55 edge locations built-in to the Koyeb platform. Render offers a CDN, but it is only available for static sites, whereas Koyeb's is available for all web apps and services.

Conclusion

Both Koyeb and Render are cloud platforms providing a powerful layer of abstraction that suits many startup applications. We hope this comparison helps clarify the key differences between these platforms.

We built Koyeb to provide developers the fastest way to deploy apps globally. The built-in features we provide aim to create a true serverless experience that power your apps and speed up the time between a feature idea and its reality.

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