I did some research and testing around performance of servers on both of these server providers. The reason for this article is the huge price gap between them and the fact that I wanted to know what you actually get for your money. Below are all my finding the different between Contabo vs DigitalOcean.
Contabo is a web hosting provider that offers attractive packages and low prices. Along with its shared, VPS, dedicated, and colocation hosting services, Contabo focuses on meeting clients’ expectations with quality customer support.
Contabo offers web hosting with dedicated servers, colocation, and VPS hosting plans. Their datacenters are located in Germany and they offer both Windows and Linux servers.
Use any of our special Contabo discount links on this page and get hosting starting at €2.99 per month.
This is a cloud computing vendor that offers an Infrastructure as a Service (laaS) platform for software developers. DigitalOcean is very popular with open source developers and competes with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Compute Engine.
They offers nine droplet sizes. The smallest size starts at 512MB of RAM with 1 CPU and 20GB of solid state drive (SSD) storage, and as of this writing costs $5 a month. The largest droplet size is 64GB of RAM with 20 CPUs and 640GB of SSD storage and as of this writing costs $640 a month. Developers have the option of resizing their droplets after creating them.
Compare Contabo vs DigitalOcean
I used sysbench to test CPU, RAM, IO and Network. In both cases the servers had Ubuntu 16.04 installed. These are just the main points, full statistics at the end.
Contabo 8GB VPS (5€ / month):
CPU: events per second: 755.75
– Total operations: 31599064 (3158787.42 per second)
– 30858.46 MiB transferred (3084.75 MiB/sec)
– reads/s: 0.00
– writes/s: 5908.41
– fsyncs/s: 7560.71
Download: 199.45 Mbit/s
Upload: 190.97 Mbit/s
DigitalOcean 4GB VPS (20€ / month)
CPU: events per second: 971.69
Total operations: 33387969 (3338092.40 per second)
32605.44 MiB transferred (3259.86 MiB/sec)
– reads/s: 0.00
– writes/s: 5104.53
– fsyncs/s: 6524.46
Hosted by fdcservers.net (Frankfurt) [0.53 km]: 1.545 ms
Download: 1605.30 Mbit/s
Upload: 1970.01 Mbit/s
Comparing both it’s clear at many points DigitalOcean wins if you take in consideration the halved server spec compared to Contabo, but surprisingly Contabo still does well even the spec is over sold. Especially surprising is the disk speed since this is the point I was expecting them to lose on.
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