We have tested 12 VPS plans from Alibaba Cloud and DigitalOcean. This page is a summary and comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.
|Plan Name||Monthly Price||CPU cores||Memory (GB)||Disk Space (GB)||Data Transfer (GB)||Latest trial|
|Starter 1GB 1 core||$4.50||1||1.0||25||2000||Mar 15 2020|
|Standard 1GB 1 core||$5.00||1||1.0||25||1000||Jan 06 2020|
|Standard 2GB 1 core||$10.00||1||2.0||50||2000||Jun 14 2019|
|ecs.t5-lc1m1.small||$11.96||1||1.0||40||10000||Nov 15 2019|
|ecs-t5-c1m1-large||$14.13||2||2.0||20||10000||Sep 07 2019|
|Standard 1GB 3 cores||$15.00||3||1.0||60||3000||Aug 26 2019|
|Standard 4GB 2 cores||$20.00||2||4.0||80||4000||Nov 06 2019|
|ecs.n4.large||$28.84||2||4.0||40||0||Jun 17 2019|
|CPU Optimized 4GB||$40.00||2||4.0||25||4000||Feb 29 2020|
|ecs.c5.large||$43.00||2||4.0||20||1000||Apr 08 2019|
|ecs.g6.large||$43.19||2||8.0||0||0||Jan 15 2020|
|General Purpose 2 cores||$60.00||2||8.0||25||4000||Apr 05 2019|
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.
|Plan Name||Web Perf||Raw CPU Power||Perf Stability||Disk IO Perf||Network Perf|
Starter 1GB 1 core
Standard 1GB 1 core
Standard 2GB 1 core
Standard 1GB 3 cores
Standard 4GB 2 cores
CPU Optimized 4GB
General Purpose 2 cores
This is the average time it took to create an instance for Alibaba Cloud and DigitalOcean from instance order to instance accepting connections.
|Number of instance creations in sample||8||9|
|Provisioning time in seconds||61s||27s|
The grades above are based on the following test results.
We ran a database intensive web application with ~100,000 hits per day for several days on cloud servers from Alibaba Cloud 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
|Provider||Plan||Average response time|
|DOcean||Standard 1GB 1 core||78.0ms|
|DOcean||Standard 2GB 1 core||105.0ms|
|DOcean||Standard 1GB 3 cores||83.0ms|
|DOcean||Standard 4GB 2 cores||73.0ms|
|DOcean||CPU Optimized 4GB||71.0ms|
|DOcean||General Purpose 2 cores||57.0ms|
|Alibaba||Starter 1GB 1 core||75.0ms|
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.
We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of Alibaba Cloud and DigitalOcean. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:
Rate of operations
Higher is better
|Provider||Plan||Operations per second|
|DOcean||Standard 1GB 1 core||363.2|
|DOcean||Standard 2GB 1 core||395.6|
|DOcean||Standard 1GB 3 cores||1012.5|
|DOcean||Standard 4GB 2 cores||761.8|
|DOcean||CPU Optimized 4GB||605.5|
|DOcean||General Purpose 2 cores||929.2|
|Alibaba||Starter 1GB 1 core||289.8|
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 Alibaba Cloud and DigitalOcean.
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
|Provider||Plan||Average remote request duration|
|DOcean||Standard 1GB 1 core||327.6ms|
|DOcean||Standard 2GB 1 core||359.0ms|
|DOcean||Standard 1GB 3 cores||326.0ms|
|DOcean||Standard 4GB 2 cores||334.0ms|
|DOcean||CPU Optimized 4GB||333.2ms|
|DOcean||General Purpose 2 cores||370.2ms|
|Alibaba||Starter 1GB 1 core||353.0ms|
Detailed remote timings measurements including connection time, TLS handshake time, and response time can be compared for Alibaba Cloud and DigitalOcean on the Remote Timings Comparison page.
We have performed large file transfers from the Alibaba Cloud 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
|Provider||Plan||Network Download Speed|
|DOcean||Standard 1GB 1 core||899.9Mbps|
|DOcean||Standard 2GB 1 core||658.8Mbps|
|DOcean||Standard 1GB 3 cores||211.8Mbps|
|DOcean||Standard 4GB 2 cores||758.5Mbps|
|DOcean||CPU Optimized 4GB||1447.7Mbps|
|DOcean||General Purpose 2 cores||404.1Mbps|
|Alibaba||Starter 1GB 1 core||108.8Mbps|
Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Alibaba Cloud and DigitalOcean on the Network Transfers Comparison page.
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
|DOcean||Standard 1GB 1 core||3059.2|
|DOcean||Standard 2GB 1 core||2549.0|
|DOcean||Standard 1GB 3 cores||5835.2|
|DOcean||Standard 4GB 2 cores||4153.1|
|DOcean||CPU Optimized 4GB||2065.6|
|DOcean||General Purpose 2 cores||3709.1|
|Alibaba||Starter 1GB 1 core||2293.4|
Review and compare endurance test results for Alibaba Cloud and DigitalOcean on the Sustained CPU Endurance Comparison page.
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||Alibaba Cloud Review|
|SSH Keys Setup||Yes||Yes|
|Total Number of Datacenters||12||19|
|Number of Datacenter Continents||3||4|
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