DigitalOcean vs Genesis VMs

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We have tested 10 VPS plans from DigitalOcean and Genesis VMs. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


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

Genesis VMs

Genesis VMs was founded in 1997.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS, Storage and Networking hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • United States

This provider is related to Genesis Public Cloud.

Genesis Public Cloud offers cloud servers billed every 30 seconds with a large array of features..


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
vm.t5sd.4xlarge $9.00 1 8.0 100 5000 Jan 26 2020
Standard 2GB 1 core $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 Apr 19 2020
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
vm.c5sd.xlarge $20.00 2 8.0 100 5000 Feb 25 2020
CPU Optimized 4GB $40.00 2 4.0 25 4000 Feb 29 2020
vm.c5sd.2xlarge $40.00 4 16.0 200 5000 May 29 2020
General Purpose 2 cores $60.00 2 8.0 25 4000 Jun 08 2020
vm.c5sd.3xlarge $60.00 6 24.0 300 5000 Jul 27 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
vm.t5sd.4xlarge
$9.00
A D A D A
Standard 2GB 1 core
$10.00
E F C C B
Standard 1GB 3 cores
$15.00
D B D D D
Standard 4GB 2 cores
$20.00
D C C C C
vm.c5sd.xlarge
$20.00
A B A D C
CPU Optimized 4GB
$40.00
C D D B A
vm.c5sd.2xlarge
$40.00
A A A D B
General Purpose 2 cores
$60.00
C B C B A
vm.c5sd.3xlarge
$60.00
A A B D A
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

This is the average time it took to create an instance for DigitalOcean and Genesis VMs from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

DigitalOcean Genesis VMs
Number of instance creations in sample 8 4
Provisioning time in seconds 21s 61s

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 DigitalOcean and Genesis VMs. 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
GenVMs
vm.t5sd.4xlarge 40.8ms
vm.c5sd.2xlarge 42.2ms
vm.c5sd.xlarge 43.8ms
vm.c5sd.3xlarge 46.0ms

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.


Sysbench CPU Performance

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of DigitalOcean and Genesis VMs. 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
GenVMs
vm.t5sd.4xlarge 480.7
vm.c5sd.xlarge 1012.4
vm.c5sd.2xlarge 2031.8
vm.c5sd.3xlarge 2795.1

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of DigitalOcean and Genesis VMs. 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
GenVMs
vm.t5sd.4xlarge 16.5
vm.c5sd.xlarge 18.9
vm.c5sd.2xlarge 29.1
vm.c5sd.3xlarge 44.5

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 DigitalOcean and Genesis VMs.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the DigitalOcean and Genesis VMs 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
GenVMs
vm.c5sd.xlarge 718.4Mbps
vm.c5sd.2xlarge 934.9Mbps
vm.t5sd.4xlarge 1246.1Mbps
vm.c5sd.3xlarge 1607.3Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for DigitalOcean and Genesis VMs 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
GenVMs
vm.t5sd.4xlarge 4482.7
vm.c5sd.xlarge 8849.4
vm.c5sd.2xlarge 17578.6
vm.c5sd.3xlarge 26436.8

Review and compare endurance test results for DigitalOcean and Genesis VMs 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
GenVMs
vm.c5sd.xlarge 322.8ms
vm.t5sd.4xlarge 323.8ms

Detailed remote timings measurements including connection time, TLS handshake time, and response time can be compared for DigitalOcean and Genesis VMs 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 Genesis VMs Review
Hourly Billing  Yes No
DDOS Protection  No Yes
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  Builtin WHMCS
SSH Keys Setup  Yes No
Total Number of Datacenters  12 1
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 1
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