DigitalOcean vs ORACLE Cloud

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We have tested 9 VPS plans from DigitalOcean and ORACLE Cloud. We'll show which one is best based on a detailed performance analysis, on features and prices.



DigitalOcean was founded in 2012.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS, Database, Storage and Networking hosting products.



ORACLE Cloud is headquartered in California and the USA.
It offers VPS, Dedicated, Storage and Databases hosting products.

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
Basic 1GB 1 core $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Oct 22 2020
Premium AMD 1GB 1core $6.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Apr 04 2021
Basic 2GB 1 core $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 Dec 01 2021
Ampere A1 1core 2GB $10.50 1 2.0 45 Jan 10 2022
Basic 4GB 2 cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Aug 20 2020
E4 2 cores 4GB $22.32 2 4.0 45 Sep 21 2021
Premium Intel 4GB 2cores $24.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Aug 21 2021
CPU Optimized 4GB $45.00 2 4.0 50 4000 Jan 14 2021
VM.Standard2.1 (X7) $47.00 2 15.0 45 May 31 2021

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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?

Screen all VPS from DigitalOcean and ORACLE Cloud
Plan Name Web Perf Raw CPU Power Perf Stability Disk IO Perf Network Perf
Basic 1GB 1 core
Premium AMD 1GB 1core
Basic 2GB 1 core
Ampere A1 1core 2GB
Basic 4GB 2 cores
E4 2 cores 4GB
Premium Intel 4GB 2cores
CPU Optimized 4GB
VM.Standard2.1 (X7)
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Features and Datacenters

This list is a subset of the features each provider may offer.

DigitalOcean ORACLE Cloud
Backups  Yes No
Block storage  Yes Yes
Object storage  Yes Yes
Load balancer  Yes Yes
DDoS protection  No No
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  12 20
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 4
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These are the CPUs we have seen in DigitalOcean and ORACLE Cloud instances in the past 18 months.

All DigitalOcean CPUs All ORACLE Cloud CPUs
Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6140 CPU @ 2.30GHz
AMD EPYC 7J13 64-Core Processor
Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8167M CPU @ 2.00GHz

Performance Consistency

The provider consistency score shows how much variation can be expected between 2 servers of the same type at the same provider. A high consistency score (>65) means the performance of all servers of the provider is consistent over many trials and many plans.

Providers who don't have enough data yet at VPSBenchmarks don't have a consistency score.

DigitalOcean ORACLE Cloud
Consistency Score 60 -


VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

DigitalOcean ORACLE Cloud
Number of instance creations in sample 6 3
Average provisioning time 28s 68s

Performance in Depth...

These are some of the test results that are used to determine the grades above.

Web Response Times

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from DigitalOcean and ORACLE Cloud. This is the average response time measured locally on the VPS for each plan we tested.

Local Response Time per Plan

Lower is better

Maximum HTTP Load

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from DigitalOcean and ORACLE Cloud. This is the maximum rate of HTTP requests that each server handled without timing out.

Maximum HTTP request rate

Higher is better

During the Web Test, we collect response time metrics, rate metrics and CPU 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 ORACLE Cloud. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

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

Rate of operations

Higher is better

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 ORACLE Cloud.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the DigitalOcean and ORACLE Cloud 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

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

Review and compare endurance test results for DigitalOcean and ORACLE Cloud on the Sustained CPU Endurance Comparison page.

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