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Google Compute Engine vs DigitalOcean


DigitalOcean DigitalOcean DigitalOcean DigitalOcean Google Compute Engine Google Compute Engine Google Compute Engine
Name 1GB 3 cores CPU Optimized 4GB Standard 1GB 1 core Standard 2GB 1 core g1-small n1-standard-1 n1-standard-2
Cost per Month ($) 15.0 40.0 5.0 10.0 27.0 41.5 72.0
Memory (GB) 1.0 4.0 1.0 2.0 1.7 3.75 7.5
Disk Space (GB) 60 25 25 50 10 10 10
CPU cores 3 2 1 1 1 1 2
Data Transfer (GB) 3000 4000 1000 2000 100 100 100
Latest trial Jul 08 2018 Apr 01 2018 Apr 16 2018 Aug 20 2018 Aug 16 2018 Jan 07 2018 Jul 05 2018

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 (cpu, disk IO, network IO...) and can be made of one or more of the metrics generated during the tests.

Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

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

How are grades calculated?

More details...

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 VPSs from Google Compute Engine 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
DigitalOcean CPU Optimized 4GB 50.0ms
DigitalOcean 1GB 3 cores 76.0ms
DigitalOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 81.0ms
DigitalOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 96.0ms
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-1 64.3ms
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-2 66.0ms
Google Compute Engine g1-small 70.3ms

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.

Remote Timings

During the whole duration of the web performance test, we collected web response times from 5 different locations in the world. The chart below reports the average connection + TLS handshake latency from all 5 locations.

Note: Remote timings may not be available for all plans.

Remote Latency per Plan

Lower is better

Provider Plan Average remote request duration
DigitalOcean CPU Optimized 4GB 351.2ms
DigitalOcean 1GB 3 cores 342.4ms
DigitalOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 349.6ms
DigitalOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 336.2ms
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-1 354.4ms
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-2 296.8ms
Google Compute Engine g1-small 301.0ms

Detailed remote timings measurements including connection time, TLS handshake time, and response time can be compared for Google Compute Engine and DigitalOcean on the Remote Timings Comparison page.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Google Compute Engine 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
DigitalOcean 1GB 3 cores 1451.3Mbps
DigitalOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 198.1Mbps
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-2 406.9Mbps
Google Compute Engine g1-small 432.5Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Google Compute Engine and DigitalOcean on the Network Transfers Comparison page.

Sysbench CPU Performances

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of Google Compute Engine and DigitalOcean. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
DigitalOcean CPU Optimized 4GB 797.5
DigitalOcean 1GB 3 cores 903.7
DigitalOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 318.8
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-1 382.1
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-2 611.0
Google Compute Engine g1-small 350.4

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 Google Compute Engine and DigitalOcean.

Sustained CPU Endurance Tests

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

This kind of tests 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 are.

Note: Endurance metrics may not be available for all plans.

Average number of operations per hour

Higher is better

Provider Plan Average ops/hour
DigitalOcean CPU Optimized 4GB 7109.2
DigitalOcean 1GB 3 cores 3819.9
DigitalOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 1492.8
DigitalOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 1398.7
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-1 1564.9
Google Compute Engine n1-standard-2 4204.8
Google Compute Engine g1-small 1468.1

Review and compare endurance test results for Google Compute Engine and DigitalOcean on the Sustained CPU Endurance Comparison page.

Features and Usability

Features not included in the VPS price in plans tested at vpsbenchmarks.com will be marked as missing.

DigitalOcean Review Google Compute Engine Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  No Yes
Backups  No No
Control Panel  Builtin Builtin
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  7 12
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 3

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