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DigitalOcean vs Linode

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This page was updated with new data on July 05 2019.


Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
Linode 1GB $5 $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Nov 26 2018
DigitalOcean Standard 1GB 1 core $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Dec 03 2018
Linode 2GB $10 $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 Oct 01 2018
DigitalOcean Standard 2GB 1 core $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 Jun 14 2019
DigitalOcean Standard 1GB 3 cores $15.00 3 1.0 60 3000 Jul 08 2018
Linode 4GB $20 $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Jul 01 2019
DigitalOcean Standard 4GB 2 cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Oct 25 2018
Linode Dedicated 4GB $30.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Feb 20 2019
DigitalOcean CPU Optimized 4GB $40.00 2 4.0 25 4000 Feb 03 2019
Linode 8GB $40 $40.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Apr 14 2019
DigitalOcean General Purpose 2 cores $60.00 2 8.0 25 4000 Apr 05 2019

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?

Plan Name Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
Linode 1GB $5 E F C C C
DigitalOcean Standard 1GB 1 core D D C D B
Linode 2GB $10 E F D C C
DigitalOcean Standard 2GB 1 core F D D E C
DigitalOcean Standard 1GB 3 cores D B D D B
Linode 4GB $20 B C D B B
DigitalOcean Standard 4GB 2 cores B B D B B
Linode Dedicated 4GB D D E B C
DigitalOcean CPU Optimized 4GB B B C B C
Linode 8GB $40 E B E B B
DigitalOcean General Purpose 2 cores B B E B D
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

DigitalOcean Linode
Number of instance creations in sample 5 4
Provisioning time in seconds 32s 42s

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 Linode. 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
Linode 1GB $5 81.0ms
Linode 2GB $10 99.0ms
Linode 4GB $20 71.0ms
Linode Dedicated 4GB 71.0ms
Linode 8GB $40 86.0ms
DOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 73.0ms
DOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 105.0ms
DOcean Standard 1GB 3 cores 76.0ms
DOcean Standard 4GB 2 cores 55.0ms
DOcean CPU Optimized 4GB 52.0ms
DOcean General Purpose 2 cores 57.0ms

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 Performances

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
Linode 1GB $5 293.6
Linode 2GB $10 259.6
Linode 4GB $20 962.9
Linode Dedicated 4GB 510.1
Linode 8GB $40 1873.6
DOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 397.8
DOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 395.6
DOcean Standard 4GB 2 cores 744.9
DOcean CPU Optimized 4GB 913.0
DOcean General Purpose 2 cores 929.2

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 DigitalOcean and Linode.


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

Provider Plan Average remote request duration
Linode 1GB $5 321.2ms
Linode 2GB $10 324.4ms
Linode 4GB $20 301.8ms
Linode Dedicated 4GB 324.2ms
Linode 8GB $40 328.6ms
DOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 361.8ms
DOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 359.0ms
DOcean Standard 1GB 3 cores 342.4ms
DOcean Standard 4GB 2 cores 340.8ms
DOcean CPU Optimized 4GB 364.8ms
DOcean General Purpose 2 cores 370.2ms

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


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the DigitalOcean and Linode 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
Linode 1GB $5 743.5Mbps
Linode 2GB $10 792.6Mbps
Linode 4GB $20 807.1Mbps
Linode Dedicated 4GB 842.7Mbps
Linode 8GB $40 813.9Mbps
DOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 1390.9Mbps
DOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 658.8Mbps
DOcean Standard 1GB 3 cores 1451.3Mbps
DOcean Standard 4GB 2 cores 1400.3Mbps
DOcean CPU Optimized 4GB 567.4Mbps
DOcean General Purpose 2 cores 404.1Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for DigitalOcean and Linode 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

Provider Plan Average ops/hour
Linode 1GB $5 1313.2
Linode 2GB $10 1197.6
Linode 4GB $20 2588.7
Linode Dedicated 4GB 1912.4
Linode 8GB $40 4418.8
DOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 3023.6
DOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 2549.0
DOcean Standard 1GB 3 cores 3819.9
DOcean Standard 4GB 2 cores 5959.0
DOcean CPU Optimized 4GB 7659.7
DOcean General Purpose 2 cores 3709.1

Review and compare endurance test results for DigitalOcean and Linode on the Sustained CPU Endurance 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.

Linode Review DigitalOcean Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  No No
Backups  No No
Control Panel  Builtin Builtin
SSH Keys Setup  No Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  9 12
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 3





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