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DigitalOcean vs Amazon Lightsail

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Amazon Lightsail

This page was updated with new data on June 17 2019.


Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
DigitalOcean Standard 1GB 1 core $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Dec 03 2018
Amazon Lightsail 1GB 1core $5.00 1 1.0 40 2000 Mar 22 2019
Amazon Lightsail 2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 60 3000 Jan 20 2019
DigitalOcean Standard 2GB 1 core $10.00 1 2.0 50 2000 Jun 14 2019
DigitalOcean Standard 1GB 3 cores $15.00 3 1.0 60 3000 Jul 08 2018
Amazon Lightsail 4GB 2cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Nov 05 2018
DigitalOcean Standard 4GB 2 cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 Oct 25 2018
DigitalOcean CPU Optimized 4GB $40.00 2 4.0 25 4000 Feb 03 2019
Amazon Lightsail 8GB 2cores $40.00 2 8.0 160 5000 May 19 2019
DigitalOcean General Purpose 2 cores $60.00 2 8.0 25 4000 Apr 05 2019

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?

Plan Name Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
DigitalOcean Standard 1GB 1 core D D C D B
Amazon Lightsail 1GB 1core F F F E D
Amazon Lightsail 2GB 1core B E D D C
DigitalOcean Standard 2GB 1 core F D D E C
DigitalOcean Standard 1GB 3 cores D B D D C
Amazon Lightsail 4GB 2cores C D D D C
DigitalOcean Standard 4GB 2 cores B B D B B
DigitalOcean CPU Optimized 4GB B B C B C
Amazon Lightsail 8GB 2cores B C C D C
DigitalOcean General Purpose 2 cores B B E B D
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

DigitalOcean Amazon Lightsail
Number of instance creations in sample 5 4
Provisioning time in seconds 32s 43s

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 Amazon Lightsail. 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
DOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 73.0ms
DOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 105.0ms
DOcean Standard 1GB 3 cores 76.0ms
DOcean Standard 4GB 2 cores 55.0ms
DOcean CPU Optimized 4GB 52.0ms
DOcean General Purpose 2 cores 57.0ms
Lightsail 1GB 1core 147.0ms
Lightsail 2GB 1core 61.0ms
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 54.0ms
Lightsail 8GB 2cores 60.0ms

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 Performances

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of DigitalOcean and Amazon Lightsail. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
DOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 397.8
DOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 395.6
DOcean Standard 4GB 2 cores 744.9
DOcean CPU Optimized 4GB 913.0
DOcean General Purpose 2 cores 929.2
Lightsail 1GB 1core 327.7
Lightsail 2GB 1core 324.5
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 665.4
Lightsail 8GB 2cores 702.5

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 Amazon Lightsail.


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

Provider Plan Average remote request duration
DOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 361.8ms
DOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 359.0ms
DOcean Standard 1GB 3 cores 342.4ms
DOcean Standard 4GB 2 cores 340.8ms
DOcean CPU Optimized 4GB 364.8ms
DOcean General Purpose 2 cores 370.2ms
Lightsail 1GB 1core 351.2ms
Lightsail 2GB 1core 339.2ms
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 341.0ms
Lightsail 8GB 2cores 361.0ms

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


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the DigitalOcean and Amazon Lightsail 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
DOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 1390.9Mbps
DOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 658.8Mbps
DOcean Standard 1GB 3 cores 1451.3Mbps
DOcean Standard 4GB 2 cores 1400.3Mbps
DOcean CPU Optimized 4GB 567.4Mbps
DOcean General Purpose 2 cores 404.1Mbps
Lightsail 1GB 1core 583.3Mbps
Lightsail 2GB 1core 346.8Mbps
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 416.2Mbps
Lightsail 8GB 2cores 860.6Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for DigitalOcean and Amazon Lightsail 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

Provider Plan Average ops/hour
DOcean Standard 1GB 1 core 3023.6
DOcean Standard 2GB 1 core 2549.0
DOcean Standard 1GB 3 cores 3819.9
DOcean Standard 4GB 2 cores 5959.0
DOcean CPU Optimized 4GB 7659.7
DOcean General Purpose 2 cores 3709.1
Lightsail 1GB 1core 317.1
Lightsail 2GB 1core 1254.3
Lightsail 4GB 2cores 2208.1
Lightsail 8GB 2cores 3061.4

Review and compare endurance test results for DigitalOcean and Amazon Lightsail 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 Amazon Lightsail Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  No No
Backups  No No
Control Panel  Builtin custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  12 4
Number of Datacenter Continents  3 1





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