DigitalOcean Australia Sydney General Purpose Dedicated Server Test and Review

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DigitalOcean Australia Sydney General Purpose Dedicated Server Test and Review

We recently got our hands on DigitalOcean‘s Sydney General Purpose Dedicated Server in Australia, boasting some impressive specs. It’s equipped with an Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8358 CPU @ 2.60GHz Processor, a duo-core CPU, 8 GB of RAM, 25 GB of SSD storage, a 10 Gbps internet link, 4 TB of bandwidth, and an IPv4 address.

In our review, we conducted a series of tests. To gauge its performance, we started with basic benchmarks, such as Yabs and Unix Benchmark. We ran the Global Node Test and measured response times with the Global Ping Test to check how fast it connects to different places worldwide.

Our team also tested media accessibility with The Media Unlock Test, inspected the connection quality via the CloudFlare Internet Test, and looked into web performance with tools like PageSpeed Insights and GTmetrix.

About DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean, a fast-growing startup, has made a name for itself in cloud computing. It offers cloud services that help to deploy, scale, and automate applications that run simultaneously on multiple computers.

Firstly, let’s talk about the simplicity of DigitalOcean. The platform has a user-friendly interface that makes it easy for developers to manage and scale their applications. The dashboard is intuitive and straightforward, allowing users to navigate the platform easily.

Secondly, DigitalOcean provides a variety of powerful computing platforms. You can choose from Basic Droplets, which offer a balance of RAM, CPU, and SSD Disk Space, to CPU-Optimized Droplets, with dedicated CPU threads. This flexibility allows you to choose the right infrastructure for your application.

Next, DigitalOcean stands out with its robust ecosystem of tutorials, Q&A hubs, and open-source projects. This thriving community is a goldmine of knowledge, offering guidance and support to users at all levels of expertise.

Moreover, DigitalOcean offers competitive pricing. With transparent, predictable pricing, you know exactly what you’ll pay at the end of the month. This is fresh air in an industry where hidden costs can add up.

Official Website: https://www.digitalocean.com

BasicBench: Server Profile, I/O Speed, Upload and Download Speed

 CPU Model          : Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8358 CPU @ 2.60GHz
 CPU Cores          : 2 @ 2593.904 MHz
 CPU Cache          : 4096 KB
 AES-NI             : ✓ Enabled
 VM-x/AMD-V         : ✓ Enabled
 Total Disk         : 24.6 GB (1.7 GB Used)
 Total Mem          : 7.8 GB (234.9 MB Used)
 System uptime      : 0 days, 0 hour 15 min
 Load average       : 0.03, 0.07, 0.07
 OS                 : Debian GNU/Linux 11
 Arch               : x86_64 (64 Bit)
 Kernel             : 5.10.0-23-amd64
 TCP CC             : bbr
 Virtualization     : KVM
 IPv4/IPv6          : ✓ Online / ✗ Offline
 Organization       : AS14061 DigitalOcean, LLC
 Location           : Sydney / AU
 Region             : New South Wales
----------------------------------------------------------------------
 I/O Speed(1st run) : 1.1 GB/s
 I/O Speed(2nd run) : 1.1 GB/s
 I/O Speed(3rd run) : 1.1 GB/s
 I/O Speed(average) : 1126.4 MB/s
----------------------------------------------------------------------
 Node Name        Upload Speed      Download Speed      Latency     
 Speedtest.net    1996.00 Mbps      9307.58 Mbps        0.35 ms     
 Los Angeles, US  527.61 Mbps       5024.88 Mbps        160.86 ms   
 Dallas, US       425.59 Mbps       4084.00 Mbps        187.80 ms   
 Montreal, CA     257.08 Mbps       703.10 Mbps         229.76 ms   
 Amsterdam, NL    290.61 Mbps       2897.23 Mbps        278.05 ms   
 Shanghai, CN     168.28 Mbps       1445.21 Mbps        379.46 ms   
 Mumbai, IN       550.70 Mbps       4865.53 Mbps        147.67 ms   
 Singapore, SG    74.88 Mbps        740.82 Mbps         95.12 ms    
 Tokyo, JP        519.62 Mbps       5010.66 Mbps        157.71 ms   
----------------------------------------------------------------------
 Finished in        : 4 min 57 sec
 Timestamp          : 2024-04-07 00:21:03 UTC

YabsBench: Disk Speed, iperf3 Network Speed, Geekbench 6 Benchmark

Basic System Information:
---------------------------------
Uptime     : 0 days, 0 hours, 20 minutes
Processor  : Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8358 CPU @ 2.60GHz
CPU cores  : 2 @ 2593.904 MHz
AES-NI     : ✔ Enabled
VM-x/AMD-V : ✔ Enabled
RAM        : 7.8 GiB
Swap       : 0.0 KiB
Disk       : 24.6 GiB
Distro     : Debian GNU/Linux 11 (bullseye)
Kernel     : 5.10.0-23-amd64
VM Type    : KVM
IPv4/IPv6  : ✔ Online / ❌ Offline

IPv4 Network Information:
---------------------------------
ISP        : DigitalOcean, LLC
ASN        : AS14061 DigitalOcean, LLC
Host       : DigitalOcean, LLC
Location   : Sydney, New South Wales (NSW)
Country    : Australia

fio Disk Speed Tests (Mixed R/W 50/50):
---------------------------------
Block Size | 4k            (IOPS) | 64k           (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 258.47 MB/s  (64.6k) | 1.50 GB/s    (23.5k)
Write      | 259.15 MB/s  (64.7k) | 1.51 GB/s    (23.6k)
Total      | 517.62 MB/s (129.4k) | 3.01 GB/s    (47.1k)
           |                      |                     
Block Size | 512k          (IOPS) | 1m            (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 1.69 GB/s     (3.3k) | 1.62 GB/s     (1.5k)
Write      | 1.78 GB/s     (3.4k) | 1.73 GB/s     (1.6k)
Total      | 3.47 GB/s     (6.7k) | 3.35 GB/s     (3.2k)

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv4):
---------------------------------
Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed      | Ping           
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 469 Mbits/sec   | 584 Mbits/sec   | 273 ms         
Eranium         | Amsterdam, NL (10G)       | 301 Mbits/sec   | 567 Mbits/sec   | 278 ms         
Telia           | Helsinki, FI (10G)        | 407 Mbits/sec   | 518 Mbits/sec   | 303 ms         
Uztelecom       | Tashkent, UZ (10G)        | 649 Mbits/sec   | 790 Mbits/sec   | 217 ms         
Leaseweb        | Singapore, SG (10G)       | 1.76 Gbits/sec  | 2.03 Gbits/sec  | 92.3 ms        
Clouvider       | Los Angeles, CA, US (10G) | 969 Mbits/sec   | 1.14 Gbits/sec  | 160 ms         
Leaseweb        | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | busy            | 796 Mbits/sec   | 214 ms         
Edgoo           | Sao Paulo, BR (1G)        | 363 Mbits/sec   | 500 Mbits/sec   | 315 ms         

Geekbench 6 Benchmark Test:
---------------------------------
Test            | Value                         
                |                               
Single Core     | 1481                          
Multi Core      | 1705                          
Full Test       | https://browser.geekbench.com/v6/cpu/5624808

YABS completed in 13 min 35 sec

UnixBench: CPU Performance, A Score Higher is Better

Benchmark Run: Sun Apr 07 2024 00:36:22 - 01:04:24
2 CPUs in system; running 1 parallel copy of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables       47048290.7 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                     6413.7 MWIPS (9.9 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                               4345.4 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks        768545.2 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks          207069.2 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks       2345933.0 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                             1265202.5 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                  82713.7 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                               7803.6 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                  10844.2 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                   1743.5 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                         834682.6 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   47048290.7   4031.6
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0       6413.7   1166.1
Execl Throughput                                 43.0       4345.4   1010.5
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0     768545.2   1940.8
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0     207069.2   1251.2
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0    2345933.0   4044.7
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0    1265202.5   1017.0
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0      82713.7    206.8
Process Creation                                126.0       7803.6    619.3
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4      10844.2   2557.6
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0       1743.5   2905.8
System Call Overhead                          15000.0     834682.6    556.5
                                                                   ========
System Benchmarks Index Score                                        1308.2

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Benchmark Run: Sun Apr 07 2024 01:04:24 - 01:32:28
2 CPUs in system; running 2 parallel copies of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables       51794832.2 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                    11512.9 MWIPS (9.9 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                               6307.1 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks       1108021.4 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks          291752.4 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks       3475457.5 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                             1851429.2 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                 271562.9 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                              16048.9 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                  13179.8 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                   1778.7 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                        1383316.5 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   51794832.2   4438.3
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0      11512.9   2093.2
Execl Throughput                                 43.0       6307.1   1466.8
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0    1108021.4   2798.0
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0     291752.4   1762.9
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0    3475457.5   5992.2
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0    1851429.2   1488.3
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0     271562.9    678.9
Process Creation                                126.0      16048.9   1273.7
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4      13179.8   3108.4
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0       1778.7   2964.5
System Call Overhead                          15000.0    1383316.5    922.2
                                                                   ========
System Benchmarks Index Score                                        2012.2

======= Script description and score comparison completed! ======= 

Looking Glass

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Global Node Test

 ## CDN Speedtest

 CacheFly : 934.58 MiB/s | 7476.64 Mbps  | ping   0.197ms
 Gdrive   :   3.14 KiB/s |    0.02 Mbps  | ping   0.764ms


 ## North America Speedtest

 Softlayer, Washington, USA : 272.58 KiB/s |    2.13 Mbps  | ping 217.465ms
 SoftLayer, San Jose, USA   :       0 B/s |      N/A       | ping error!
 SoftLayer, Dallas, USA     :       0 B/s |      N/A       | ping error!
 Vultr, New Jersey, USA     : 526.06 KiB/s |    4.11 Mbps  | ping 216.498ms
 Vultr, Seattle, USA        :  11.58 MiB/s |   92.68 Mbps  | ping 171.929ms
 Vultr, Dallas, USA         :   9.56 MiB/s |   76.50 Mbps  | ping 188.681ms
 Vultr, Los Angeles, USA    :  11.38 MiB/s |   91.05 Mbps  | ping 152.987ms
 Ramnode, New York, USA     :   7.60 MiB/s |   60.76 Mbps  | ping 209.114ms
 Ramnode, Atlanta, USA      :   8.31 MiB/s |   66.49 Mbps  | ping 200.447ms


 ## Europe Speedtest

 Vultr, London, UK            :   3.76 MiB/s |   30.09 Mbps  | ping 274.667ms
 LeaseWeb, Frankfurt, Germany :  13.29 KiB/s |    0.10 Mbps  | ping 272.661ms
 Hetzner, Germany             :      98 B/s |      N/A       | ping 330.892ms
 Ramnode, Alblasserdam, NL    :   5.40 MiB/s |   43.16 Mbps  | ping 248.311ms
 Vultr, Amsterdam, NL         :   3.44 MiB/s |   27.52 Mbps  | ping 289.058ms
 EDIS, Stockholm, Sweden      :     266 B/s |      N/A       | ping 307.826ms
 OVH, Roubaix, France         :     137 B/s |      N/A       | ping 295.646ms
 Online, France               :   2.99 MiB/s |   23.91 Mbps  | ping 265.860ms
 Prometeus, Milan, Italy      :      50 B/s |      N/A       | ping 384.295ms


 ## Exotic Speedtest

 Sydney, Australia     : 483.09 MiB/s | 3864.73 Mbps  | ping   0.715ms
 Lagoon, New Caledonia :     302 B/s |      N/A       | ping  24.990ms
 Hosteasy, Moldova     :   1.66 MiB/s |   13.28 Mbps  | ping 257.866ms
 Prima, Argentina      :  14.08 KiB/s |    0.11 Mbps  | ping error!


 ## Asia Speedtest

 SoftLayer, Singapore :   8.03 MiB/s |   64.27 Mbps  | ping  92.472ms
 Linode, Tokyo, Japan :  11.17 MiB/s |   89.35 Mbps  | ping 165.703ms
 Linode, Singapore    :  25.57 MiB/s |  204.55 Mbps  | ping  92.669ms
 Vultr, Tokyo, Japan  :   9.74 MiB/s |   77.94 Mbps  | ping 180.148ms


 Benchmark finished in 109 seconds

Global Latency Test

DigitalOcean Australia Sydney General Purpose Dedicated Server Test and Review DigitalOcean Australia Sydney General Purpose Dedicated Server Test and Review

Query: ping 170.64.193.128, interval: 5s, dense mode: no

Probing 170.64.193.128 – ARIN /19 AS14061 DIGITALOCEAN – Australia, New South Wales, Sydney

Media Unlock Test

 ** Test Starts At: Sun Apr  7 00:08:17 UTC 2024

 ** Checking Results Under IPv4 
--------------------------------
 ** Your Network Provider: Digital Ocean (170.64.*.*) 

============[ Multination ]============
 Dazn:                                  Yes (Region: AU)
 HotStar:                               No
 Disney+:                               No
 Netflix:                               Originals Only
 YouTube Premium:                       Yes (Region: AU)
 Amazon Prime Video:                    Yes (Region: US)
 TVBAnywhere+:                          Yes
 iQyi Oversea Region:                   AU
 Viu.com:                               No
 YouTube CDN:                           Sydney, N.S.W. 
 Netflix Preferred CDN:                 Sydney, N.S.W.  
 Spotify Registration:                  No
 Steam Currency:                        AUD
 ChatGPT:                               Only Available with Web Browser
 Bing Region:                           AU
 Instagram Licensed Audio:              No
=======================================
No IPv6 Connectivity Found, Abort IPv6 Testing...

Testing Done! 

CloudFlare Internet Test

DigitalOcean Australia Sydney General Purpose Dedicated Server Test and Review

PageSpeed Insights

DigitalOcean Australia Sydney General Purpose Dedicated Server Test and Review

GTmetrix Performance

DigitalOcean Australia Sydney General Purpose Dedicated Server Test and Review

Admin Control Panel

DigitalOcean Australia Sydney General Purpose Dedicated Server Test and Review

Firstly, the Admin Control Panel is the heart of your interaction with DigitalOcean. It’s where you log in to manage your account and access the various features and settings.

The control panel is divided into the “Servers” and the “IaaS” sections. The “Servers” section contains a list of all the servers available for use.

Next, let’s talk about account settings. You can edit account information and settings, like your name, password, sign-in method, two-factor authentication, team membership, and email subscriptions. To access your account settings, click the profile icon in the top right of the control panel.

Moreover, the Sign-in method section lets you choose how you log in to your DigitalOcean account. You can use Email and password, Google OAuth, or GitHub OAuth.

Additionally, for security reasons, DigitalOcean doesn’t display your password. You can click “Reset Password” to change your password.

Server Pricing

DigitalOcean Australia Sydney General Purpose Dedicated Server Test and Review

Official Website: https://www.digitalocean.com

Payments

DigitalOcean accepts a variety of payment methods. These include credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, UnionPay, Diners Club, and JCB), debit cards, and third-party providers such as PayPal, Google Pay, and Apple Pay. For qualifying customers, they also support ACH direct debit from U.S. banks.

Moving on, DigitalOcean’s billing cycles are monthly. Your account balance accrues over the calendar month based on your resource usage. Your balance is due on the first day of each month.

Next, let’s talk about usage thresholds. These are predetermined spending limits for new or unverified users that, when met, trigger a charge to the account’s primary payment method. DigitalOcean removes usage thresholds automatically once an account has a reliable history of payments.

Moreover, you can manually pay at any time during the month using any valid payment method. This allows you to pay for your month-to-date resource usage before it’s due, pay an overdue balance, or make a pre-payment.

In addition, when your balance is due, DigitalOcean first applies any pre-payments and then automatically charges the primary payment method on your account for the remaining balance.

Coupon

Free trial with a $200 credit for 60 days

Your free trial will start when you sign up for DigitalOcean if you are eligible. You will need a credit card so that DigitalOcean can verify your identity, but you will not be charged or billed during your free trial.

Customer Support

Firstly, DigitalOcean offers a variety of ways to get in touch with their support team. You can email them at [email protected] or use the contact form on their website.

Moving on, DigitalOcean provides a wealth of self-service resources. Their product documentation contains a plethora of tips and troubleshooting guides. If you’re having trouble, these resources can often provide the answers you need.

You can create a support ticket if you need more personalized assistance. Whether you’re signed in or not, you can fill out a form on their website to get help.

DigitalOcean offers a range of support plans. These plans cater to different needs and budgets, from the free Starter to the comprehensive Premium plan. Each plan offers a different level of support, response time, and additional features.

In addition, the Premium plan offers a response time of 30 minutes, architecture reviews, business strategy consultations, and a dedicated team of business and technical advisors. This plan is perfect for businesses with mission-critical applications.

Conclusion

The server showed off its capabilities starting with the Basic Bench test, where it achieved an outstanding I/O speed averaging 1126.4 MB/s across tests, signaling excellent performance. It also demonstrated remarkable internet connectivity, with download speeds peaking at 9307.58 Mbps on Speedtest.net and low latency figures, especially impressive considering the global range of test locations. These tests set the stage for its high throughput and rapid data handling capabilities.

In the Yabs Performance Bench, the server dazzled with disk speed tests showing reads and writes in the GB/s, particularly in mixed read/write scenarios. The Geekbench 6 scores further cemented its prowess, with a single core score of 1481 and a multi-core score of 1705, placing it well into the ‘good’ category and highlighting its robust processing power. The UnixBench scores offered a detailed look at its CPU performance, with the system benchmarks index score jumping from 1308.2 to a whopping 2012.2 when running two parallel copies of tests, demonstrating excellent scalability and efficiency under load.

In conclusion, DigitalOcean’s server offers impressive performance across the board. From smashing I/O speed expectations to delivering solid Geekbench results and showing versatility in handling parallel processing tests, it proves itself as a top-notch choice for those needing a reliable, high-performing dedicated server in Australia. This server is built to deliver, whether for complex computations, heavy web applications, or managing high-traffic volumes.

Official Website: https://www.digitalocean.com

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