DigitalOcean United States San Francisco General Purpose Dedicated VPS Hosting Test and Review

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DigitalOcean United States San Francisco General Purpose Dedicated VPS Hosting Test and Review

In this analysis, we set our sights on the US-based (San Francisco) General Purpose Dedicated VPS Server offered by DigitalOcean. Powered by an Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8280 CPU @ 2.70GHz Processor, the server deployment includes 2 CPU Cores, 8 GB RAM, 25 GB SSD Storage, 4 TB traffic per month, and also contains 1x IPv4.

Our comprehensive testing methodology comprises several rigorous analyses. Initially, we conducted the Basic Benchmark, Yabs, and Unix Benchmark tests to gather crucial system performance metrics.

Following this, we perform a Global Node Test, allowing us to scrutinize the network performance from various international locations in depth.

Next, we use the Global Ping Test to precisely measure the server’s latency. Additionally, the regional accessibility and restrictions are assessed through the Media Unlock Test.

To evaluate the connection quality and speed to various internet services, we utilize the CloudFlare Internet Test. Lastly, we assess web performance through top-rated tools such as Google’s PageSpeed Insights and GTmetrix Performance.

The aggregate of these meticulous examinations will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the server’s overall performance capabilities and potential bottlenecks, empowering you to make an informed decision for your specific requirements.

About DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean, a renowned American global technology firm, is a trusted cloud solution provider. The company is favored by developers, start-ups, and small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs) and offers robust cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platforms.

Based in New York City, DigitalOcean’s remarkable global presence is enhanced by 15 strategically placed data centers worldwide. The company’s cloud hosting services are crowned by simplicity and cost-effectiveness, enabling you to realize your digital visions, whether a SaaS application, an AI/ML enterprise, a website, or an eCommerce platform.

DigitalOcean is a market leader, securing the top spot in IaaS usability, VPS for SMBs, and SMB Hosting on G2. Backed by a 99.99% uptime Service Level Agreement for Droplets and Volumes block storage, DigitalOcean proudly supports over 600k clients in their digital pursuits.

In a strategic move, DigitalOcean recently absorbed Paperspace, a frontrunner in high-performance NVIDIA GPU computing. This merger aims to broaden the AI capabilities of DigitalOcean, facilitating users’ efforts to design, build, and expand AI models efficiently in the cloud environment.

DigitalOcean has curated a suite of products designed to meet the unique demands of start-ups and SMBs, empowering businesses to concentrate on app development rather than infrastructure intricacies. As a Forrester study reveals, the company’s predictable pricing, paired with an outstanding price-to-performance ratio, delivers an impressive return on investment of 186%.

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

Looking Glass

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

 CPU Model          : Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8280 CPU @ 2.70GHz
 CPU Cores          : 2 @ 2693.670 MHz
 CPU Cache          : 4096 KB
 AES-NI             : Enabled
 VM-x/AMD-V         : Enabled
 Total Disk         : 24.6 GB (1.1 GB Used)
 Total Mem          : 7.8 GB (90.9 MB Used)
 System uptime      : 0 days, 0 hour 13 min
 Load average       : 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
 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           : Santa Clara / US
 Region             : California
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 I/O Speed(1st run) : 605 MB/s
 I/O Speed(2nd run) : 987 MB/s
 I/O Speed(3rd run) : 979 MB/s
 I/O Speed(average) : 857.0 MB/s
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 Node Name        Upload Speed      Download Speed      Latency     
 Speedtest.net    1998.49 Mbps      8277.22 Mbps        0.77 ms     
 Los Angeles, US  1702.45 Mbps      8947.72 Mbps        11.39 ms    
 Dallas, US       1163.35 Mbps      8905.13 Mbps        39.37 ms    
 Montreal, CA     614.11 Mbps       797.61 Mbps         74.74 ms    
 Paris, FR        534.08 Mbps       4625.97 Mbps        152.09 ms   
 Amsterdam, NL    571.78 Mbps       5112.46 Mbps        148.29 ms   
 Shanghai, CN     327.78 Mbps       3673.24 Mbps        203.98 ms   
 Nanjing, CN      598.01 Mbps       1183.18 Mbps        135.26 ms   
 Singapore, SG    455.60 Mbps       459.25 Mbps         173.02 ms   
 Tokyo, JP        384.64 Mbps       6951.70 Mbps        109.00 ms   
----------------------------------------------------------------------
 Finished in        : 4 min 57 sec
 Timestamp          : 2023-08-17 00:15:53 UTC

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

IPv4 Network Information:
---------------------------------
ISP        : DigitalOcean, LLC
ASN        : AS14061 DigitalOcean, LLC
Host       : DigitalOcean, LLC
Location   : Santa Clara, California (CA)
Country    : United States

fio Disk Speed Tests (Mixed R/W 50/50):
---------------------------------
Block Size | 4k            (IOPS) | 64k           (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 193.20 MB/s  (48.3k) | 1.37 GB/s    (21.4k)
Write      | 193.71 MB/s  (48.4k) | 1.37 GB/s    (21.5k)
Total      | 386.92 MB/s  (96.7k) | 2.75 GB/s    (42.9k)
           |                      |                     
Block Size | 512k          (IOPS) | 1m            (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 1.49 GB/s     (2.9k) | 1.46 GB/s     (1.4k)
Write      | 1.57 GB/s     (3.0k) | 1.56 GB/s     (1.5k)
Total      | 3.06 GB/s     (5.9k) | 3.03 GB/s     (2.9k)

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv4):
---------------------------------
Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed      | Ping           
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 28.5 Mbits/sec  | 42.8 Mbits/sec  | 136 ms         
Scaleway        | Paris, FR (10G)           | busy            | 1.22 Gbits/sec  | 148 ms         
NovoServe       | North Holland, NL (40G)   | 1.17 Gbits/sec  | busy            | 148 ms         
Uztelecom       | Tashkent, UZ (10G)        | 769 Mbits/sec   | busy            | 238 ms         
Clouvider       | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | busy            | 2.64 Gbits/sec  | 89.3 ms        
Clouvider       | Dallas, TX, US (10G)      | 1.95 Gbits/sec  | 4.90 Gbits/sec  | 39.4 ms        
Clouvider       | Los Angeles, CA, US (10G) | 2.00 Gbits/sec  | busy            | 9.73 ms        

Geekbench 6 Benchmark Test:
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Test            | Value                         
                |                               
Single Core     | 1149                          
Multi Core      | 1395                          
Full Test       | https://browser.geekbench.com/v6/cpu/2289942

YABS completed in 13 min 5 sec

UnixBench: CPU Performance, A score higher is better

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Benchmark Run: Thu Aug 17 2023 01:13:05 - 01:41:07
2 CPUs in system; running 1 parallel copy of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables       41188151.8 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                     6226.2 MWIPS (9.9 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                               4370.1 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks       1013746.7 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks          287252.5 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks       2634191.2 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                             2222848.1 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                 155059.3 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                               7350.3 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                  10414.9 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                   1683.7 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                        2486593.1 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   41188151.8   3529.4
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0       6226.2   1132.0
Execl Throughput                                 43.0       4370.1   1016.3
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0    1013746.7   2560.0
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0     287252.5   1735.7
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0    2634191.2   4541.7
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0    2222848.1   1786.9
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0     155059.3    387.6
Process Creation                                126.0       7350.3    583.4
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4      10414.9   2456.3
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0       1683.7   2806.2
System Call Overhead                          15000.0    2486593.1   1657.7
                                                                   ========
System Benchmarks Index Score                                        1639.9

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Benchmark Run: Thu Aug 17 2023 01:41:07 - 02:09:12
2 CPUs in system; running 2 parallel copies of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables       57180088.9 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                    11353.7 MWIPS (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                               6162.2 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks       1316532.5 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks          358688.8 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks       3549302.4 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                             2763813.3 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                 302832.6 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                              15908.2 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                  12718.5 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                   1724.2 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                        3291715.0 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   57180088.9   4899.8
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0      11353.7   2064.3
Execl Throughput                                 43.0       6162.2   1433.1
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0    1316532.5   3324.6
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0     358688.8   2167.3
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0    3549302.4   6119.5
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0    2763813.3   2221.7
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0     302832.6    757.1
Process Creation                                126.0      15908.2   1262.6
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4      12718.5   2999.6
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0       1724.2   2873.7
System Call Overhead                          15000.0    3291715.0   2194.5
                                                                   ========
System Benchmarks Index Score                                        2330.6

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

Global Node Test

 ## CDN Speedtest

 CacheFly : 636.94 MiB/s | 5095.54 Mbps  | ping   1.496ms
 Gdrive   :  78.06 MiB/s |  624.51 Mbps  | ping   1.841ms


 ## North America Speedtest

 Softlayer, Washington, USA :   2.09 MiB/s |   16.73 Mbps  | ping  66.220ms
 SoftLayer, San Jose, USA   : 102.06 MiB/s |  816.46 Mbps  | ping   2.672ms
 SoftLayer, Dallas, USA     :       0 B/s |      N/A       | ping error!
 Vultr, New Jersey, USA     : 860.22 KiB/s |    6.72 Mbps  | ping  70.399ms
 Vultr, Seattle, USA        : 120.77 MiB/s |  966.18 Mbps  | ping  20.675ms
 Vultr, Dallas, USA         :  60.79 MiB/s |  486.32 Mbps  | ping  37.159ms
 Vultr, Los Angeles, USA    : 308.64 MiB/s | 2469.14 Mbps  | ping   7.003ms
 Ramnode, New York, USA     :  32.90 MiB/s |  263.17 Mbps  | ping  70.998ms
 Ramnode, Atlanta, USA      :  39.89 MiB/s |  319.09 Mbps  | ping  58.236ms


 ## Europe Speedtest

 Vultr, London, UK            :  14.98 MiB/s |  119.85 Mbps  | ping 136.905ms
 LeaseWeb, Frankfurt, Germany :  12.82 KiB/s |    0.10 Mbps  | ping 159.605ms
 Hetzner, Germany             :  10.24 MiB/s |   81.96 Mbps  | ping 158.951ms
 Ramnode, Alblasserdam, NL    :  13.56 MiB/s |  108.47 Mbps  | ping 150.121ms
 Vultr, Amsterdam, NL         :  13.67 MiB/s |  109.33 Mbps  | ping 149.253ms
 EDIS, Stockholm, Sweden      :     515 B/s |      N/A       | ping 156.501ms
 OVH, Roubaix, France         :     279 B/s |      N/A       | ping 149.394ms
 Online, France               :  14.15 MiB/s |  113.22 Mbps  | ping 147.257ms
 Prometeus, Milan, Italy      :     106 B/s |      N/A       | ping 157.770ms


 ## Exotic Speedtest

 Sydney, Australia     :  11.96 MiB/s |   95.71 Mbps  | ping 156.020ms
 Lagoon, New Caledonia :     280 B/s |      N/A       | ping 173.946ms
 Hosteasy, Moldova     : 177.05 KiB/s |    1.38 Mbps  | ping 191.492ms
 Prima, Argentina      : 405.06 KiB/s |    3.16 Mbps  | ping error!


 ## Asia Speedtest

 SoftLayer, Singapore : 362.75 KiB/s |    2.83 Mbps  | ping 187.259ms
 Linode, Tokyo, Japan :  19.14 MiB/s |  153.15 Mbps  | ping 110.565ms
 Linode, Singapore    :   9.46 MiB/s |   75.71 Mbps  | ping 190.062ms
 Vultr, Tokyo, Japan  :  20.77 MiB/s |  166.16 Mbps  | ping 107.078ms


 Benchmark finished in 96 seconds

Global Ping Test

DigitalOcean United States San Francisco General Purpose Dedicated VPS Hosting Test and Review

Query: ping 147.182.202.169, interval: 5s, dense mode: no

Probing 147.182.202.169 – ARIN /20 AS14061 DIGITALOCEAN – United States, California, Santa Clara

Media Unlock Test

 ** Test Starts At: Thu Aug 17 00:35:56 UTC 2023

 ** Checking Results Under IPv4 
--------------------------------
 ** Your Network Provider: Digital Ocean (147.182.*.*) 

============[ Multination ]============
 Dazn:                                  No
 HotStar:                               No
 Disney+:                               No
 Netflix:                               Yes (Region: US)
 YouTube Premium:                       Yes
 Amazon Prime Video:                    Yes (Region: US)
 TVBAnywhere+:                          Yes
 iQyi Oversea Region:                   US
 Viu.com:                               No
 YouTube CDN:                           San Francisco, CA 
 Netflix Preferred CDN:                 San Jose, CA  
 Spotify Registration:                  No
 Steam Currency:                        USD
 ChatGPT:                               Yes
=======================================
No IPv6 Connectivity Found, Abort IPv6 Testing...

Testing Done! 

CloudFlare Internet Test

DigitalOcean United States San Francisco General Purpose Dedicated VPS Hosting Test and Review

PageSpeed Insights

DigitalOcean United States San Francisco General Purpose Dedicated VPS Hosting Test and Review

GTmetrix Performance

DigitalOcean United States San Francisco General Purpose Dedicated VPS Hosting Test and Review

Admin Control Panel

DigitalOcean United States San Francisco General Purpose Dedicated VPS Hosting Test and Review

DigitalOcean’s Admin Control Panel is called CloudPanel. It is the next-generation server control panel to configure and manage a server with an obsessive focus on simplicity. With CloudPanel, you can run PHP, Node.js, Static Websites, Reverse Proxies, and Python Applications on a High-Performance Technology Stack in no time.

After you create a Droplet, you can access CloudPanel via the browser: https://yourFloatingIpAddress:8443. You must ignore the self-signed certificate warning click Advanced, and Proceed to continue to the admin user creation.

CloudPanel is available on Ubuntu 22.04 and includes software such as NGINX, MySQL, PHP, Redis, ProFTPD, Node.js, Yarn, Git, Python, and Varnish. You can create an app using the Control Panel by clicking the Deploy to DigitalOcean button or using the DigitalOcean API.

Server Pricing

DigitalOcean United States San Francisco General Purpose Dedicated VPS Hosting Test and Review

DigitalOcean offers various cloud hosting services, including virtual machines (Droplets), Kubernetes, App Platforms, Managed Databases, Load Balancers, Spaces Object Storage, and more. Their pricing is simple and predictable, with monthly caps and flat pricing.

For their virtual machines (Droplets), they offer several options to choose from, including General Purpose Droplets and Memory-Optimized Droplets. General Purpose Droplets have a balanced memory-to-dedicate CPU ratio that is suitable for various production workloads. They’re best for general-purpose workloads that require reliable computer power.

If you’re looking for a custom price quote based on the number, usage, and capabilities of DigitalOcean services you choose, you can use their Pricing Calculator. You can select the options that fit your needs and click the “next” button on each step when you are ready to continue. You can always go back to edit your selections later.

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

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

DigitalOcean offers a range of support plans to meet the needs of their customers. Their support plans include Starter, Developer, Standard, and Premium.

The Starter plan is included for all customers and provides general guidance and troubleshooting. The Developer plan is for teams developing and testing with non-production workloads. The Standard plan includes live chat for teams deploying and maintaining production workloads. The Premium plan is for businesses serving large customer bases with mission-critical applications and offers response times within 30 minutes.

You can contact DigitalOcean’s support team by selecting a reason for your inquiry, providing your name and the email associated with your account, and briefly describing how they can help you. If you can’t sign in, you can use the form on their website to get help. You can also email [email protected] or call (877) DigitalOcean to contact their support team.

DigitalOcean also provides a helpful support message queue that can help you track your support tickets. You can access the queue from the “My Account” page on the DigitalOcean website. Additionally, DigitalOcean offers product documentation, community resources, and support articles to help you find answers to your questions.

Conclusion

Regarding I/O speed, the VPS delivered compelling results with an average of 857.0 MB/s across three runs. Furthermore, a Node Speed test aiming to evaluate upload and download speeds in various global locations showed impressive results, such as a download speed of 8277.22 Mbps via Speedtest.net, 8947.72 Mbps in Los Angeles, and an excellent 6951.70 Mbps in Tokyo, Japan, among others.

Another significant aspect of the testing involved the fio Disk Speed Tests. The server exhibited noteworthy performance in mixed R/W operations (50/50), especially at larger block sizes. At a block size of 512k, read and write speeds reached 1.49 GB/s and 1.57 GB/s, respectively. Similar performance was observed for 1m block size with 1.46 GB/s read and 1.56 GB/s write also exhibited.

On the synthetic benchmarking front, the Geekbench 6 Test results highlighted a single-core score of 1149 and a multi-core performance of 1395. The UnixBench scores add another perspective, with the server displaying superior performance, particularly for file copying and pipe throughput operations. Two benchmark runs were performed: the first yielded an overall score of 1639.9, while the second delivered an even higher result of 2330.6.

The extensive testing suite demonstrates that the DigitalOcean General Purpose Dedicated VPS Server provides remarkable performance across various crucial parameters. The VPS server particularly shines in areas such as I/O operations, network speeds across global locations, and synthetic benchmarks. This exceptional performance collectively lends credence to DigitalOcean’s reputation as a trusted and robust cloud service provider.

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

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