DigitalOcean Review

DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean in its own words

DigitalOcean, Inc. is an American cloud infrastructure provider headquartered in New York City with data centers worldwide. DigitalOcean provides developers cloud services that help to deploy and scale applications that run simultaneously on multiple computers. As of January 2018, DigitalOcean was the third-largest hosting company in the world in terms of web-facing computers. DigitalOcean also marked its presence in Deloitte Technology Fast 500 List in 2018.

Features and Usability

Features not included in the VPS price are marked as missing below.

Last updated on June 27 2019.

Feature Value Comment
Hourly Billing  Yes
DDOS Protection  No

DigitalOcean recommends using the services of CloudFlare to mitigate DDOS attacks.

Backups  No

Backups are available for a fee.
Snapshots are available for a fee ($0.10 per GB per month).

Control Panel  Builtin
SSH Keys Setup  Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  12
Number of Datacenter Continents  3
Monitoring Charts  Yes

Network bandwidth, CPU usage, disk I/O.

Admin REST API  Yes
Upgrade VPS from admin console  Yes
Mobile Friendly UI  Yes
Accepted Forms of Payment  Credit cards, Paypal
Hidden CPU Model  No
Affiliate Program  Yes
Firewall  No

In VPSBenchmark's opinion

Feature Value Comment
UI Friendliness 

Clean, modern, simple, full featured.

Quality of Service 

Very active DigitalOcean developer community, large variety of guides and tutorials.

DigitalOcean Extra Services

In addition to features included in the VPS plan, DigitalOcean also offers the following services (possibly for a fee):

Backups   Block storage   Object storage   Load balancer   Floating IP addresses  
Teams   Datastores   Serverless DDoS protection Kubernetes  
GPU instances

VPS Instance Provisioning Time

For each DigitalOcean VPS trial, we measured how long it took to provision the server.

See also VPS provisioning times for all providers.

Average Provisioning Time Min Provisioning Time Max Provisioning Time Number of VPS Samples
32s 20s 50s 5

Admin UI Screenshots


Cloud Storage Prices

For a comparison of storage features and prices from all providers, please check the Cloud Storage page.

Storage Type Price / GB / month Restriction Description
Block $0.100 Volumes are encrypted at rest, replicated multiple times and can be resized live.
https://www.digitalocean.com/products/block-storage/
Snapshots $0.050 Snapshots are created on users requests and are images of block storage disk volumes.
https://www.digitalocean.com/docs/images/snapshots/
Object $0.020 250GB minimum Object storage is called "Spaces" at DO.
$5 for 250GB/month that include 1TB of outbound transfer (CDN included)
https://www.digitalocean.com/products/spaces/
Backups $0.050 Prices vary depending on droplet size. Prices vary depending on droplet size: backups are 20% of droplet storage cost.
When backups are enabled, DO will create a disk image of the droplet once per week and will keep it for 4 weeks.
https://www.digitalocean.com/docs/images/backups/



This provider offers the following promotion:

Sign up using the following link and get $100 credit over 60 days.

Promo link:
https://m.do.co/c/f6f1f383e46f

Value: $100

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DigitalOcean Plans


Plan Specifications

URL https://www.digitalocean.com/pricing/
Price per month $5.00
Discount or Surcharge for long or short term use No
Disk GB 25
Num Cores 1
Memory GB 1.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 1000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 54

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
D D C D B
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Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests for DigitalOcean - Standard 1GB 1 core. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Performance trials run on the Standard 1GB 1 core plan

This plan was tested 2 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the Standard 1GB 1 core plan and the web response times for every one of those.

Start of Trial Web Results Sysbench Results Avg web response time P99 web response time
Dec 03 2018 Web Sysbench 72ms 285ms
Apr 16 2018 Web Sysbench 81ms 270ms

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.digitalocean.com/pricing/
Price per month $10.00
Discount or Surcharge for long or short term use No
Disk GB 50
Num Cores 1
Memory GB 2.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 2000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 37

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
E D C E C
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Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests for DigitalOcean - Standard 2GB 1 core. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Performance trials run on the Standard 2GB 1 core plan

This plan was tested 3 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the Standard 2GB 1 core plan and the web response times for every one of those.

Start of Trial Web Results Sysbench Results Avg web response time P99 web response time
Jun 14 2019 Web Sysbench 105ms 360ms
Aug 20 2018 Web Sysbench 96ms 320ms
Mar 21 2018 Web Sysbench 261ms 950ms

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.digitalocean.com/pricing/
Price per month $15.00
Discount or Surcharge for long or short term use No
Disk GB 60
Num Cores 3
Memory GB 1.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 3000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 56

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
D B D C B
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests for DigitalOcean - Standard 1GB 3 cores. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Test Sysbench Test Remote Timing Test Endurance Test Network Transfers
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Performance trials run on the Standard 1GB 3 cores plan

This plan was tested 2 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the Standard 1GB 3 cores plan and the web response times for every one of those.

Start of Trial Web Results Sysbench Results Avg web response time P99 web response time
Jul 08 2018 Web Sysbench 76ms 282ms
Jan 22 2018 Web Sysbench 126ms 326ms

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.digitalocean.com/pricing/
Price per month $20.00
Discount or Surcharge for long or short term use No
Disk GB 80
Num Cores 2
Memory GB 4.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 4000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 70

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
B B C B B
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests for DigitalOcean - Standard 4GB 2 cores. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Test Sysbench Test Remote Timing Test Endurance Test Network Transfers
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Performance trials run on the Standard 4GB 2 cores plan

This plan was tested 1 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the Standard 4GB 2 cores plan and the web response times for every one of those.

Start of Trial Web Results Sysbench Results Avg web response time P99 web response time
Oct 25 2018 Web Sysbench 54ms 266ms

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.digitalocean.com/pricing/
Price per month $40.00
Discount or Surcharge for long or short term use No
Disk GB 25
Num Cores 2
Memory GB 4.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 4000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 75

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
B A C A C
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests for DigitalOcean - CPU Optimized 4GB. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Performance trials run on the CPU Optimized 4GB plan

This plan was tested 2 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the CPU Optimized 4GB plan and the web response times for every one of those.

Start of Trial Web Results Sysbench Results Avg web response time P99 web response time
Feb 03 2019 Web Sysbench 52ms 250ms
Apr 01 2018 Web Sysbench 50ms 226ms

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.digitalocean.com/pricing/
Price per month $60.00
Discount or Surcharge for long or short term use No
Disk GB 25
Num Cores 2
Memory GB 8.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 4000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated Yes

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 60

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
B B D A D
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests for DigitalOcean - General Purpose 2 cores. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Test Sysbench Test Remote Timing Test Endurance Test Network Transfers
Review Review Review Review Review
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Performance trials run on the General Purpose 2 cores plan

This plan was tested 1 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the General Purpose 2 cores plan and the web response times for every one of those.

Start of Trial Web Results Sysbench Results Avg web response time P99 web response time
Apr 05 2019 Web Sysbench 57ms 215ms

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