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OVH vs DigitalOcean


Plans

DigitalOcean DigitalOcean DigitalOcean DigitalOcean DigitalOcean OVH OVH
Plan Name 1GB 3 cores CPU Optimized 4GB Standard 1GB 1 core Standard 2GB 1 core Standard 4GB 2 cores VPS Cloud 1 VPS SSD 1
Cost per Month ($) 15.0 40.0 5.0 10.0 20.0 10.07 3.35
Memory (GB) 1.0 4.0 1.0 2.0 4.0 2.0 2.0
Disk Space (GB) 60 25 25 50 80 25 20
CPU cores 3 2 1 1 2 1 1
Data Transfer (GB) 3000 4000 1000 2000 4000 10000 1000
Virtualization KVM KVM KVM KVM KVM KVM KVM
Latest trial Jul 08 2018 Apr 01 2018 Dec 03 2018 Aug 20 2018 Oct 25 2018 Feb 25 2018 Nov 09 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?

DigitalOcean DigitalOcean DigitalOcean DigitalOcean DigitalOcean OVH OVH
Plan Name 1GB 3 cores CPU Optimized 4GB Standard 1GB 1 core Standard 2GB 1 core Standard 4GB 2 cores VPS Cloud 1 VPS SSD 1
Web Performance C A C D B D D
Raw CPU Power C B D F B E F
Performance Stability C B B C C C B
Disk IO Performance D B D B B F D
Network Performance B C B D B D E

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 VPSs from OVH 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 Standard 4GB 2 cores 54.0ms
DigitalOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 72.8ms
DigitalOcean 1GB 3 cores 76.0ms
DigitalOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 96.0ms
OVH VPS Cloud 1 86.3ms
OVH VPS SSD 1 89.7ms


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 OVH 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 Standard 4GB 2 cores 789.3
DigitalOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 389.6
DigitalOcean 1GB 3 cores 903.7
DigitalOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 318.8
OVH VPS Cloud 1 379.1
OVH VPS SSD 1 286.9


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 OVH and DigitalOcean.


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 Standard 4GB 2 cores 340.8ms
DigitalOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 361.8ms
DigitalOcean 1GB 3 cores 342.4ms
DigitalOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 336.2ms
OVH VPS Cloud 1 386.0ms
OVH VPS SSD 1 487.2ms

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


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the OVH 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 Standard 4GB 2 cores 1400.3Mbps
DigitalOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 1390.9Mbps
DigitalOcean 1GB 3 cores 1451.3Mbps
DigitalOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 198.1Mbps
OVH VPS SSD 1 96.9Mbps

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


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 Standard 4GB 2 cores 5959.0
DigitalOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 3023.6
DigitalOcean 1GB 3 cores 3819.9
DigitalOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 1398.7
OVH VPS Cloud 1 1793.4
OVH VPS SSD 1 1331.9

Review and compare endurance test results for OVH 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 OVH Review
Hourly Billing  Yes No
DDOS Protection  No Yes
Backups  No No
Control Panel  Builtin Builtin
SSH Keys Setup  Yes No
Total Number of Datacenters  7 6
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 2





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