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Vultr vs Linode vs DigitalOcean: network performance

In previous articles we tested disk performance and CPU of Vultr, Linode and DigitalOcean. We will see network speed of each competitor.

Network Performance

network speed of your virtual private server depends on many things like hosting company’s actual network capacity, and transit providers, BGP peering etc. your noisy neighbors can affect network speed you’re assigned to.

usually, we use cachefly to download a test file and see how fast your server’s download speed can be. Cachefly has its CDN all around the globe.

wget -O /dev/null http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test

DigitalOcean offers 10 GbE for each droplet, Vultr has 10 GbE in most datacenters. Linode now upgraded its network to 1GbE out.

We get results below:

network speedVultrLinodeDigitalOcean
Cachefly227MB/s220MB/s197MB/s

For users located in Asia, I suggest datacenters in Japan, Singapore which are provided by Vultr, Linode and DigitalOcean. for European and American users, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Fremont, Los Angeles are all good choices.

datacenterVultr(started 2014)Linode(started 2003)Digitalocean(started 2011)
AmericaAtlanta, Chicago,
silicon valley, Dallas,
Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Miami
Fremont, Dallas,
Atlanta, Newark
New York,
SanFrancisco, Toronto(Canada)
EuropeLondon, Amsterdam, Paris, FrankfurtLondon, FrankfurtLondon, Frankfurt, Amsterdam
AsiaTokyo, SingaporeTokyo, Singapore, Mumbai(India)Singapore, Bangalore(India)
OthersSydney(Australia)

Network speed varies from different locations and different ISP. BestTrace is a tiny tool which can help you to see exactly the route map between you and your vps. with BestTrace, It’s easy to decide which server location is best for you.

We’re surprised to see that Vultr grows so fast and its vps plan has higher price ratio than Linode or DigitalOcean. Vultr is a young vps brand with insanely fast SSD and network speed. Price is as low as $2.5/month with 512 MB RAM 500GB bandwidth and 20GB SSD. Vultr lags behind with its simple backup feature and API not documented so well.

Linode still provides robust service with reasonable price and high network speed. Linode upgraded its billing method to add both credit card and Paypal payment. I love Linode’s Clone feature but feel uncomfortable with its customized Kernel version. You need more time to tweak your vps.

DigitalOcean is mediocre in comparison with its competitors. Creating a droplet on Digitalocean is super fast and easy. it need to update pricing to give users more vps resources. digitalocean doesn’t have many datacenter locations to choose from.

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Vultr vs Linode vs Digitalocean: who has best CPU?

For many years, I’ve been testing virtual private servers for my business. you might have heard of Amazon ECS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud platforms. They are giant players of the world with pretty good service and stability, but they are so expensive for individual developers and small business.

I’ve tested many vps providers, ramnode, bandwagonhost, oneasiahost, sugarhosts, digitalocean, linode, and Vultr etc. some of them are rubbish, sometimes they allure you with lowest vps price and exciting server package, but in the end you have high chance to lose all your data.

but some of them provide versatile vps with reasonable price. I’ve been using Vultr, Digitalocean and Linode since the first day they stepped into vps industry. I still remember when Vultr announced their opening many years ago, you deposit 100 dollars, they give you 100 dollars in return, so you get $200 in your account. that’s the old golden days.

in this article, you will find some company background of each vps provider, then we will discuss what cpu models they use and CPU test results.

datacenterVultr(started 2014)Linode(started 2003)Digitalocean(started 2011)
AmericaAtlanta, Chicago,
silicon valley, Dallas,
Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Miami
Fremont, Dallas,
Atlanta, Newark
New York,
SanFrancisco, Toronto(Canada)
EuropeLondon, Amsterdam, Paris, FrankfurtLondon, FrankfurtLondon, Frankfurt, Amsterdam
AsiaTokyo, SingaporeTokyo, Singapore, Mumbai(India)Singapore, Bangalore(India)
OthersSydney(Australia)

Linode was founded in 2003, It provides robust servers and is private owned by its founders and employees. Linode uses Xen as platform but changed to KVM two years ago. due to growing competitors, Linode doubled vps ram and bandwidth but kept average price. Payment methods also upgraded. You can buy Linode with either credit card or Paypal.

linode promo code:sixcolors ($20) 、DOCS10 、 LINODE10

Digitalocean was founded in 2011 and is sponsored by venture capitalists from USA. they provide vps mostly located in USA and Europe. all vps equipped with full KVM virtualization and SSD. digitalocean calls vps as droplet on their platform. Bulding a vps from Digitalocean is pretty fast,usually it takes 15 seconds.

digitalOcean promo code: $10

PricingVultrLinodeDigitalocean
$5/mo25 GB SSD
1 CPU
1024MB Memory
1TB Bandwidth
25GB Storage
1 CPU Core
1GB Memory
1TB XFER
25 GB SSD
1 CPU
1GB Memory
1TB Bandwidth
$10/mo40 GB SSD
1 CPU
2048MB Memory
2TB Bandwidth
50GB Storage
1 CPU Core
2GB Memory
2TB XFER
50 GB SSD
1 CPU
2GB Memory
2TB Bandwidth
$20/mo60 GB SSD
2 CPU
4096MB Memory
3TB Bandwidth
80 GB Storage
2 CPU Cores
4GB Memory
4TB XFER
80 GB SSD
2CPU
4GB Memory
4TB Bandwidth

Disclaimer: Vultr has a plan for $2.50/mo with 20 GB SSD 1 CPU 512MB Memory 500GB Bandwidth. this plan always run out of stock(sold out).

Vultr started in 2014 as a child brand of Choopa LLC. so if you check vultr server IP, you get results showing Choopa LLC. all vps built with KVM virtualization technology. Vultr is a young competitor full of ambition. it has cheap price but with very powerful servers. Vultr also has the most data centers all over the world.

vultr promo code($10 or $25):https://www.vultr.com/promo25b 、 SSDVPS

CPU model

what cpu models are in use by vultr, linode and digitalocean? let’s take a look:

 CPUSingle Thread Passmark
VultrIntel Xeon E5-2620 v31710
LinodeIntel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2680 v2 @ 2.80GHz1758
DigitaloceanIntel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2650L v3 @ 1.80GHz1344

How powerful is it? Let’s run CPU benchmark:

sysbench –test=cpu –cpu-max-prime=20000 –num-threads=1 run

It shows clearly that Vultr has beaten the other two competitors with shortest time needed.

 VultrLinodeDigitalocean
Single Thread30.7s33.2s45.8s

Of course this benchmark does not stand up for 100% the realtime situation,but it at least gives us closer look into these vps providers.

If your projects are CPU oriented, I really recommend Vultr than Digitalocean. Linode is also good choice.