DigitalOcean VPS Review

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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.

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

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DigitalOcean VPS Features

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

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.

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
Reverse DNS  No
Accepted Forms of Payment  Credit cards, Paypal
Hidden CPU Model  No
Affiliate Program  Yes
Firewall  No
Shelving  No
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Pros and Cons

Strengths

  • Numerous datacenter locations.
  • Modern, intuitive and fast UI.
  • Large catalog of cloud services.

Weaknesses

  • Not the best performance on average.

DigitalOcean Extra Services

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

Backups   Block storage   Object storage   Load balancer   Floating IP addresses  
Team Management   Managed databases   Serverless DDoS protection Kubernetes  
GPU instances Private network  

VPS Instance Provisioning Time

For each DigitalOcean VPS trial, we measured how long it took to provision the server from the moment it was ordered to the moment it accepted SSH connections.

See also VPS provisioning times for all providers.

Average Provisioning Time Min Provisioning Time Max Provisioning Time Number of VPS Samples
31s 24s 40s 4

Control Panel Screenshots


Cloud Storage Prices

For a comparison of storage features and prices from all providers, please check the Cloud Storage Prices 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 monthly price. Prices vary depending on droplet size: backups are 20% of droplet total price. Therefore backup prices are considerably more expansive on General Purpose droplets.
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/

Network Bandwidth Prices

These are the network bandwidth prices charged by DigitalOcean for outbound transfers from VPS to the internet.

For a comparison of bandwidth prices from all providers, go to the Network Bandwitdh Prices page.

Description Price / GB
Pricing model: Allowance Then Charged (the provider gives a free bandwidth allowance with each server. Bandwidth above the free allowance is charged by the provider.)
Free allowance: 4 TB / month (for a 2 core 4GB instance or closest available)
Transfer pool: yes
https://docs.digitalocean.com/products/billing/bandwidth/
$0.010/GB


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DigitalOcean Plans

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Plan Specifications

URL https://www.digitalocean.com/pricing/
Price per month $6.00
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 25
Num Cores 1
Memory GB 1
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 1000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU 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: 50

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

Note: A low grade on a low price VPS does not necessarily mean the VPS is underperforming, the server may still perform better than other servers at the same price. Use the Price Weighted Grades or the Best VPS 2022 rankings to find the best VPS in each price range.


Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for DigitalOcean - Basic 1GB 1 core. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Runs Network Transfers Sysbench Endurance
Review Review Review Review
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Performance trials run on the Basic 1GB 1 core plan

This plan was tested 3 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the Basic 1GB 1 core plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Oct 22 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6140 CPU @ 2.30GHz Frankfurt, Germany C
Jan 06 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6140 CPU @ 2.30GHz New York, USA D
Dec 03 2018 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6140 CPU @ 2.30GHz NYC1 C

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.digitalocean.com/pricing
Price per month $7.00
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 25
Num Cores 1
Memory GB 1
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 1000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU 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: 27

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

Note: A low grade on a low price VPS does not necessarily mean the VPS is underperforming, the server may still perform better than other servers at the same price. Use the Price Weighted Grades or the Best VPS 2022 rankings to find the best VPS in each price range.


Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for DigitalOcean - Premium AMD 1GB 1core. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Runs Network Transfers Sysbench Endurance
Review Review Review Review
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Performance trials run on the Premium AMD 1GB 1core plan

This plan was tested 1 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the Premium AMD 1GB 1core plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Apr 04 2021 DO-Premium-AMD New York, USA E

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.digitalocean.com/pricing/
Price per month $12.00
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 50
Num Cores 1
Memory GB 2
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 2000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU 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: 31

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

Note: A low grade on a low price VPS does not necessarily mean the VPS is underperforming, the server may still perform better than other servers at the same price. Use the Price Weighted Grades or the Best VPS 2022 rankings to find the best VPS in each price range.


Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for DigitalOcean - Basic 2GB 1 core. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Runs Network Transfers Sysbench Endurance
Review Review Review Review
Compare Compare Compare Compare

Performance trials run on the Basic 2GB 1 core plan

This plan was tested 3 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the Basic 2GB 1 core plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Dec 01 2021 DO-Regular New York, USA E
Apr 19 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2650 v4 @ 2.20GHz New York, USA D
Jun 14 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6140 CPU @ 2.30GHz New York, USA D

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.digitalocean.com/pricing/
Price per month $24.00
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 80
Num Cores 2
Memory GB 4
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 4000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU 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: 46

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

Performance Test Results

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

Web Runs Network Transfers Sysbench Endurance
Review Review Review Review
Compare Compare Compare Compare

Performance trials run on the Basic 4GB 2 cores plan

This plan was tested 3 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the Basic 4GB 2 cores plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Aug 20 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6140 CPU @ 2.30GHz Frankfurt, Germany D
Nov 06 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6140 CPU @ 2.30GHz New York, USA C
Oct 25 2018 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6140 CPU @ 2.30GHz NYC1 B

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.digitalocean.com/pricing
Price per month $28.00
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 80
Num Cores 2
Memory GB 4
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 4000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU 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 C E B B
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for DigitalOcean - Premium Intel 4GB 2cores. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Runs Network Transfers Sysbench Endurance
Review Review Review Review
Compare Compare Compare Compare

Performance trials run on the Premium Intel 4GB 2cores plan

This plan was tested 1 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the Premium Intel 4GB 2cores plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Aug 21 2021 DO-Premium-Intel New York, USA C

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.digitalocean.com/pricing/
Price per month $47.00
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 50
Num Cores 2
Memory GB 4
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 4000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU 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: 51

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

Performance Test Results

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

Web Runs Network Transfers Sysbench Endurance
Review Review Review Review
Compare Compare Compare Compare

Performance trials run on the CPU Optimized 4GB plan

This plan was tested 3 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the CPU Optimized 4GB plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Jan 14 2021 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6140 CPU @ 2.30GHz New York, USA C
Feb 29 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2697A v4 @ 2.60GHz New York, USA C
Feb 03 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8168 CPU @ 2.70GHz NYC1, USA B

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.digitalocean.com/pricing/
Price per month $68.00
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 50
Num Cores 2
Memory GB 8
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 4000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU 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: 59

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

Performance Test Results

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

Yabs Web Runs Network Transfers Sysbench Endurance
Review Review Review Review Review
Compare Compare Compare Compare Compare

Performance trials run on the General Purpose 2 cores plan

This plan was tested 3 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the General Purpose 2 cores plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
May 15 2022 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8280 CPU @ 2.70GHz New York, USA C
Jun 08 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6140 CPU @ 2.30GHz New York, USA B
Apr 05 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8168 CPU @ 2.70GHz New York, USA C

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