DigitalOcean 2GB VPS Review

DigitalOcean is a popular VPS provider at very low price. Their plans starts from just $5/month. They offer SSD Disk, KVM Virtualization and lots of bandwidth. Here is my review of their 2GB VPS.

Review Details

Date: 19-Dec-2013
VPS: KVM Virtualization, 2GB RAM, 40GB Pure SSD
Location: New York 2
Price: $20.00 / Month (Search DigitalOcean Coupon)

Disk I/O test

This is hard disk speed test that the server can read and write a 1GB file. Higher score is better.

[email protected] [/]# dd if=/dev/zero of=sb-io-test bs=1M count=1k conv=fdatasync
1024+0 records in
1024+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 2.17043 s, 495 MB/s

Result: 495 MB/s Not very good but satisfactory result.

Bandwidth Test

The speed at which a 100MB file can be downloaded from the CacheFly CDN edge location. Higher score is better.

[email protected] [/]# wget cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
--2013-12-19 09:18:01--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net... 205.234.175.175
Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net|205.234.175.175|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: `100mb.test'

100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 86.2M/s   in 1.2s

2013-12-19 09:18:02 (86.2 MB/s) - `100mb.test' saved [104857600/104857600]

Result: 86.2 MB/s
Download speed to server is very good.

Download Speed Test From Server

I am now downloading a 100MB file hosted at this DigitalOcean VPS from a server in Seattle (US).

[email protected] [/]# wget http://162.243.xx.xx/100mb.test
--2013-12-18 23:17:16--  http://162.243.xx.xx/100mb.test
Connecting to 162.243.xx.xx:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 104857600 (100M)
Saving to: `100mb.test'

100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 22.0M/s   in 7.0s

2013-12-18 23:17:24 (14.3 MB/s) - `100mb.test' saved [104857600/104857600]

Result: 14.3 MB/s This is very good result.

Pros of DigitalOcean VPS

  • Good Price
  • Fast Pure SSD Disk
  • KVM Virtualization
  • Large community.
  • Lots of detailed documentation / tutorials.
  • Instant setup. Will take 1-2 minutes to create a new VPS
  • Three locations to choose (New York, US / San Francisco, US / Amsterdam, Europe)

Cons of DigitalOcean VPS

  • Un-managed. No managed option.
  • Limited to 1 IP per VPS. No option to add extra IP
  • No free backup. You need to purchase backup

Conclusion

DigitalOcean seems to be a very good choice for un-managed VPS. They have good network, offer SSD disk, KVM virtualization. The overall test result is good and I will recommend DigitalOcean VPS.

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