IONOS by 1&1 vs DigitalOcean

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We have tested 14 VPS plans from IONOS by 1&1 and DigitalOcean. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


IONOS by 1&1

IONOS by 1&1 was founded in 1988.
It is headquartered in Germany.
It employs 7000 people.
It offers Web, Wordpress, Dedicated and VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean was founded in 2012.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS, Database, Storage and Networking hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • India
  • Netherlands
  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
Standard 1GB 1 core $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Jan 06 2020
Cloud Server S $8.00 1 1.0 40 10000 Nov 11 2019
Standard 2GB 1 core $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 Apr 19 2020
VPS M $10.00 2 2.0 80 May 26 2020
Standard 1GB 3 cores $15.00 3 1.0 60 3000 Aug 26 2019
Cloud Server M $16.00 2 2.0 60 9999 Aug 29 2019
Standard 4GB 2 cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Nov 06 2019
VPS L $20.00 2 4.0 120 Apr 08 2020
Cloud Server L $24.00 2 4.0 80 9999 May 04 2020
CPU Optimized 4GB $40.00 2 4.0 25 4000 Feb 29 2020
Cloud Server RAM L $40.00 2 8.0 80 Jan 11 2020
Cloud Server XL $50.00 4 8.0 120 9999 Feb 27 2020
General Purpose 2 cores $60.00 2 8.0 25 4000 Jun 08 2020
Cloud Server XXL $100.00 8 16.0 160 Jul 05 2020

Performance Grades

To summarize the performance of each VPS plan, we generated grades based on the various tests that were run: web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Each grade focuses on one aspect of the VPS speed or stability (cpu, disk IO, network IO...) and is made of one or more metrics measured during the tests.

Grades are evenly distributed between A and F. A is best, F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

How are grades calculated?

Plan Name Web Perf Raw CPU Power Perf Stability Disk IO Perf Network Perf
Standard 1GB 1 core
$5.00
E E C B B
Cloud Server S
$8.00
D E C B D
Standard 2GB 1 core
$10.00
E F C C B
VPS M
$10.00
B B C B E
Standard 1GB 3 cores
$15.00
D B D D D
Cloud Server M
$16.00
A B B B D
Standard 4GB 2 cores
$20.00
D C C C C
VPS L
$20.00
B B A B D
Cloud Server L
$24.00
B B A B D
CPU Optimized 4GB
$40.00
C D D B A
Cloud Server RAM L
$40.00
B B A B D
Cloud Server XL
$50.00
A A A B D
General Purpose 2 cores
$60.00
C B C B A
Cloud Server XXL
$100.00
C A D B E
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

This is the average time it took to create an instance for IONOS by 1&1 and DigitalOcean from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

IONOS by 1&1 DigitalOcean
Number of instance creations in sample 11 8
Provisioning time in seconds 210s 21s

In Depth...

The grades above are based on the following test results.


Web Response Times

We ran a database intensive web application with ~100,000 hits per day for several days on cloud servers from IONOS by 1&1 and DigitalOcean. This is the average response time measured locally on the VPS for each plan we tested.



Local Response Time per Plan

Lower is better

Plan Average response time
DOcean
General Purpose 2 cores 60.8ms
CPU Optimized 4GB 64.1ms
Standard 4GB 2 cores 68.6ms
Standard 1GB 1 core 72.5ms
Standard 2GB 1 core 77.4ms
1and1
Cloud Server XL 52.6ms
VPS L 52.9ms
Cloud Server L 54.6ms
VPS M 55.4ms
Cloud Server RAM L 57.9ms
Cloud Server S 58.0ms
Cloud Server XXL 62.3ms

During the Web Test, we collect response time metrics, CPU metrics and database performance metrics. All of those are measured locally on the VPS running the web server. All metrics can be compared on the Web Performance Comparison page.


Sysbench CPU Performance

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of IONOS by 1&1 and DigitalOcean. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
DOcean
Standard 2GB 1 core 279.8
Standard 1GB 1 core 363.2
CPU Optimized 4GB 605.5
General Purpose 2 cores 744.5
Standard 4GB 2 cores 761.8
Standard 1GB 3 cores 1012.5
1and1
Cloud Server S 338.1
VPS L 691.8
Cloud Server M 702.8
Cloud Server RAM L 702.9
Cloud Server L 707.5
VPS M 709.3
Cloud Server XL 1414.4
Cloud Server XXL 2335.0

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of IONOS by 1&1 and DigitalOcean. These are the Sysbench Disk IO Random Read test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
DOcean
Standard 1GB 3 cores 49.9
Standard 4GB 2 cores 73.2
Standard 2GB 1 core 74.1
Standard 1GB 1 core 77.3
CPU Optimized 4GB 98.7
General Purpose 2 cores 174.7
1and1
VPS M 66.9
Cloud Server S 67.9
Cloud Server L 78.3
VPS L 83.1
Cloud Server M 86.0
Cloud Server XL 86.3
Cloud Server RAM L 136.1
Cloud Server XXL 217.2

Sysbench test results are also available for random disk IO tests, sequential disk IO tests and memory tests.

Review and compare all Sysbench numbers on the Sysbench Comparison page for IONOS by 1&1 and DigitalOcean.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the IONOS by 1&1 and DigitalOcean VPS and we measured the speed of downloads and uploads.

The transfers involve multiple files, 10 threads and last for at least 10 seconds at maximum speed. The transfers are repeated 3 times from different servers and only the fastest transfer is reported here.


Download Speed per Plan

Higher is better

Plan Network Download Speed
DOcean
Standard 1GB 3 cores 211.8Mbps
Standard 4GB 2 cores 758.5Mbps
Standard 2GB 1 core 834.5Mbps
Standard 1GB 1 core 899.9Mbps
CPU Optimized 4GB 1447.7Mbps
General Purpose 2 cores 2802.4Mbps
1and1
Cloud Server S 353.7Mbps
Cloud Server L 355.3Mbps
VPS L 360.0Mbps
VPS M 373.3Mbps
Cloud Server XL 383.3Mbps
Cloud Server RAM L 384.1Mbps
Cloud Server XXL 386.6Mbps
Cloud Server M 397.5Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for IONOS by 1&1 and DigitalOcean on the Network Transfers Comparison page.


Sustained CPU Endurance Tests

We pushed the CPU of those VPS plans hard for 24 hours straight.

This test shows how fast the VPS can go for long periods of time, how stable the performance is and it also gives clues on how overallocated the VPSs may be.


Average number of operations per hour

Higher is better

Plan Average ops/hour
DOcean
Standard 2GB 1 core 1377.6
CPU Optimized 4GB 2065.6
Standard 1GB 1 core 3059.2
Standard 4GB 2 cores 4153.1
General Purpose 2 cores 5374.5
Standard 1GB 3 cores 5835.2
1and1
Cloud Server S 3247.7
VPS M 6170.1
Cloud Server RAM L 6442.0
Cloud Server L 6502.3
VPS L 6508.9
Cloud Server M 6548.3
Cloud Server XXL 11313.6
Cloud Server XL 12376.5

Review and compare endurance test results for IONOS by 1&1 and DigitalOcean on the Sustained CPU Endurance Comparison page.


Remote Timings

During the entire duration of the web performance test, we collected web response times from 5 different locations in the world. The chart below reports the connection establishment time + TLS handshake latency from all 5 locations. (That excludes the time spent on the server that is already measured in web response times above and it also excludes the DNS resolution time since it is not dependent on the provider).


Remote Latency per Plan

Lower is better

Plan Average remote request duration
DOcean
Standard 1GB 3 cores 326.0ms
Standard 1GB 1 core 327.6ms
CPU Optimized 4GB 333.2ms
Standard 4GB 2 cores 334.0ms
Standard 2GB 1 core 340.6ms
1and1
VPS L 316.2ms
Cloud Server RAM L 316.4ms
Cloud Server XL 322.2ms
Cloud Server S 497.0ms
Cloud Server M 507.0ms

Detailed remote timings measurements including connection time, TLS handshake time, and response time can be compared for IONOS by 1&1 and DigitalOcean on the Remote Timings Comparison page.


Features and Usability

Features not included in the VPS price of the plan will be marked as missing but they may be available for the fee.

DigitalOcean Review IONOS by 1&1 Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Mixed
DDOS Protection  No No
Backups  No No
Control Panel  Builtin Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  12 4
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 2
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