DigitalOcean vs Linode

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We have tested 12 VPS plans from DigitalOcean and Linode. 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
  • UK
  • USA

Linode

Linode was founded in 2003.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • India
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • UK
  • USA

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
1GB $5 $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Nov 17 2019
Standard 1GB 1 core $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Jan 06 2020
2GB $10 $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 May 02 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
4GB $20 $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Jul 01 2019
Standard 4GB 2 cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Nov 06 2019
Dedicated 4GB $30.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Jan 28 2020
CPU Optimized 4GB $40.00 2 4.0 25 4000 Feb 29 2020
8GB $40 $40.00 4 8.0 160 5000 May 13 2020
Dedicated 8GB $60.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Mar 29 2020
General Purpose 2 cores $60.00 2 8.0 25 4000 Jun 08 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
1GB $5
$5.00
E E E B B
Standard 1GB 1 core
$5.00
E E C B B
2GB $10
$10.00
E E C C C
Standard 2GB 1 core
$10.00
E F C C B
Standard 1GB 3 cores
$15.00
D B D D D
4GB $20
$20.00
B C D B B
Standard 4GB 2 cores
$20.00
D C C C C
Dedicated 4GB
$30.00
C D B C B
CPU Optimized 4GB
$40.00
C D D B A
8GB $40
$40.00
D B E B B
Dedicated 8GB
$60.00
C B C B B
General Purpose 2 cores
$60.00
C B C B A
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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 9 9
Provisioning time in seconds 22s 46s

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

Plan Average response time
Linode
Dedicated 4GB 64.8ms
1GB $5 69.1ms
Dedicated 8GB 70.2ms
2GB $10 77.6ms
8GB $40 85.0ms
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

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 Linode. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
Linode
2GB $10 475.3
1GB $5 486.2
Dedicated 4GB 548.9
4GB $20 962.9
Dedicated 8GB 1055.2
8GB $40 1928.4
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

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
Linode
Dedicated 4GB 40.4
2GB $10 66.1
1GB $5 74.0
4GB $20 130.7
8GB $40 189.6
Dedicated 8GB 212.1
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

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.


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

Plan Network Download Speed
Linode
Dedicated 8GB 761.9Mbps
4GB $20 807.1Mbps
2GB $10 901.8Mbps
Dedicated 4GB 924.6Mbps
1GB $5 1087.7Mbps
8GB $40 1139.1Mbps
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

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

Plan Average ops/hour
Linode
2GB $10 1185.1
1GB $5 1282.0
Dedicated 4GB 2388.7
4GB $20 2588.7
Dedicated 8GB 3409.4
8GB $40 4506.2
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

Review and compare endurance test results for DigitalOcean and Linode 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
Linode
4GB $20 301.8ms
Dedicated 8GB 334.6ms
8GB $40 335.2ms
1GB $5 342.6ms
Dedicated 4GB 365.6ms
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

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.


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  Yes No
Backups  No No
Control Panel  Builtin Builtin
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  11 12
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 3
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