DigitalOcean vs GigsGigsCloud

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We have tested 7 VPS plans from DigitalOcean and GigsGigsCloud. 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
  • United Kingdom
  • United States


GigsGigsCloud is headquartered in Hong Kong.
It offers VPS and Dedicated hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • China
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • United States

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
HK K2 Global $10.00 2 1.0 30 2000 Apr 25 2019
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
Standard 4GB 2 cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Aug 20 2020
CPU Optimized 4GB $40.00 2 4.0 25 4000 Feb 29 2020
General Purpose 2 cores $60.00 2 8.0 25 4000 Jun 08 2020
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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 GigsGigsCloud
Plan Name Web Perf Raw CPU Power Perf Stability Disk IO Perf Network Perf
Standard 1GB 1 core
HK K2 Global
Standard 2GB 1 core
Standard 1GB 3 cores
Standard 4GB 2 cores
CPU Optimized 4GB
General Purpose 2 cores
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

DigitalOcean GigsGigsCloud
Number of instance creations in sample 9 1
Average provisioning time 22s 300s

In Depth...

These are some of the test results that make up the grades above.

Web Response Times

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from DigitalOcean and GigsGigsCloud. 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 60.8 ms
CPU Optimized 4GB 64.1 ms
Standard 1GB 1 core 72.5 ms
Standard 2GB 1 core 77.4 ms
Standard 4GB 2 cores 77.4 ms

Maximum HTTP Load

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

Maximum HTTP request rate

Higher is better

Plan Max HTTP requests rate
Standard 2GB 1 core 10 reqs/sec
Standard 1GB 1 core 10 reqs/sec
General Purpose 2 cores 20 reqs/sec
Standard 4GB 2 cores 20 reqs/sec
CPU Optimized 4GB 20 reqs/sec

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 GigsGigsCloud. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
Standard 2GB 1 core 279
Standard 1GB 1 core 363
CPU Optimized 4GB 605
Standard 4GB 2 cores 704
General Purpose 2 cores 744
Standard 1GB 3 cores 1012
HK K2 Global 308

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of DigitalOcean and GigsGigsCloud. 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 2GB 1 core 74.1
Standard 1GB 1 core 77.3
CPU Optimized 4GB 98.7
Standard 4GB 2 cores 114
General Purpose 2 cores 174
HK K2 Global 7.65

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 GigsGigsCloud.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the DigitalOcean and GigsGigsCloud 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 Mbps
Standard 4GB 2 cores 384 Mbps
Standard 2GB 1 core 834 Mbps
Standard 1GB 1 core 899 Mbps
CPU Optimized 4GB 1447 Mbps
General Purpose 2 cores 2802 Mbps
HK K2 Global 291 Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for DigitalOcean and GigsGigsCloud 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
CPU Optimized 4GB 2065
Standard 1GB 1 core 3059
General Purpose 2 cores 5374
Standard 1GB 3 cores 5835
Standard 4GB 2 cores 5845
HK K2 Global 1553

Review and compare endurance test results for DigitalOcean and GigsGigsCloud 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.

DigitalOcean Review GigsGigsCloud Review
Hourly Billing  Yes No
DDOS Protection  No No
Backups  No No
Control Panel  Builtin Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes No
Total Number of Datacenters  12 4
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 2
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