DigitalOcean vs UpCloud

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We have tested 11 VPS plans from DigitalOcean and UpCloud. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


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


UpCloud was founded in 2013.
It is headquartered in Finland.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Singapore
  • UK
  • USA

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
1GB 1core $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Jan 22 2020
Standard 2GB 1 core $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 Apr 19 2020
2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 May 08 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
4GB 2 cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Mar 06 2020
CPU Optimized 4GB $40.00 2 4.0 25 4000 Feb 29 2020
8GB 4 cores $40.00 4 8.0 160 5000 Dec 03 2019
General Purpose 2 cores $60.00 2 8.0 25 4000 Apr 05 2019
16GB 6 cores $80.00 6 16.0 320 6000 Apr 12 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
1GB 1core
Standard 2GB 1 core
2GB 1core
Standard 1GB 3 cores
Standard 4GB 2 cores
4GB 2 cores
CPU Optimized 4GB
8GB 4 cores
General Purpose 2 cores
16GB 6 cores
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

DigitalOcean UpCloud
Number of instance creations in sample 9 13
Provisioning time in seconds 23s 66s

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 UpCloud. 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
General Purpose 2 cores 57.0ms
CPU Optimized 4GB 71.0ms
Standard 4GB 2 cores 73.0ms
Standard 1GB 1 core 78.0ms
Standard 2GB 1 core 83.0ms
Standard 1GB 3 cores 83.0ms
4GB 2 cores 53.0ms
16GB 6 cores 58.0ms
8GB 4 cores 63.0ms
1GB 1core 71.0ms

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 UpCloud. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
Standard 2GB 1 core 279.8
Standard 1GB 1 core 363.2
CPU Optimized 4GB 605.5
Standard 4GB 2 cores 761.8
General Purpose 2 cores 929.2
Standard 1GB 3 cores 1012.5
1GB 1core 400.7
2GB 1core 468.4
4GB 2 cores 779.8
8GB 4 cores 1619.6
16GB 6 cores 2365.6

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

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

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
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 202.6
1GB 1core 174.3
4GB 2 cores 222.0
2GB 1core 223.0
8GB 4 cores 339.2
16GB 6 cores 622.1

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 UpCloud.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the DigitalOcean and UpCloud 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
Standard 1GB 3 cores 211.8Mbps
General Purpose 2 cores 404.1Mbps
Standard 4GB 2 cores 758.5Mbps
Standard 2GB 1 core 834.5Mbps
Standard 1GB 1 core 899.9Mbps
CPU Optimized 4GB 1447.7Mbps
4GB 2 cores 533.1Mbps
2GB 1core 617.6Mbps
1GB 1core 700.5Mbps
16GB 6 cores 718.0Mbps
8GB 4 cores 1401.5Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for DigitalOcean and UpCloud 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
Standard 2GB 1 core 1377.6
CPU Optimized 4GB 2065.6
Standard 1GB 1 core 3059.2
General Purpose 2 cores 3709.1
Standard 4GB 2 cores 4153.1
Standard 1GB 3 cores 5835.2
1GB 1core 1813.4
4GB 2 cores 3625.6
2GB 1core 4095.9
8GB 4 cores 6567.7
16GB 6 cores 10198.0

Review and compare endurance test results for DigitalOcean and UpCloud 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
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
General Purpose 2 cores 370.2ms
4GB 2 cores 485.2ms
1GB 1core 501.8ms
16GB 6 cores 502.8ms
8GB 4 cores 507.8ms

Detailed remote timings measurements including connection time, TLS handshake time, and response time can be compared for DigitalOcean and UpCloud 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 UpCloud Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  No No
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  Builtin Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  12 8
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 3
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