DigitalOcean vs Linode

Tonight I want to compare DigitalOcean offerings versus Linode 512, which is my prefered and used LEMP stack enviroment for production. SSD is nice to have but Linode doesn’t provide an instance with it, but for the sake of comparing apples-2-apples these are the configurations:

Linode 512 | Price: $19.95 | Cores: 1 CPU | Memory: 512 | Disk: 24GB | Transfer: 2TB DigitalOcean | Price: $5.00 | Cores: 1 CPU | Memory: 512MB | Disk: 20GB | Transfer: 1TB DigitalOcean | Price: $160 | Cores: 8 CPU | Memory: 16Gb | Disk: 160GB | Transfer: 1TB

My tests were using CentOS 6.3 with Nginx 1.3, PHP 5.3.21+ installed form CentOS ALT. To generate the load I use create by the SendGrid Labs. again using the defaults of 250 maximum users and 60 seconds of duration. Before each run I restart nginx and php-fpm.

The first test was using the APC status page apc.php.

Linode 512: Success responses: 84344 | Avg response time: 37 | Sent from app: 988.90 MB | Rcvd from loader: 9.35 MB Digital 1C: Success responses: 34528 | Avg response time: 107 | Sent from app: 403.97 MB | Rcvd from loader: 3.88 MB Digital 8C: Success responses: 46549 | Avg response time: 79 | Sent from app: 544.63 MB | Rcvd from loader: 5.22 MB

Second test I download and install Symfony 2 framework, use their default Hellow World example. Symfony requirements check pass except PCRE that require version 8.0+.

Linode 512: Success responses: 2672 | Avg response time: 1610 | Sent from app: 28.15 MB | Rcvd from loader: 571.29 KB Digital 1C: Success responses: 486 | Avg response time: 4058 | Sent from app: 5.13 MB | Rcvd from loader: 233.40 KB Digital 8C: Success responses: 8293 | Avg response time: 608 | Sent from app: 87.42 MB | Rcvd from loader: 1.59 MB

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linode network is better (maybe), and also better CPU, now they have singapore datacenter

also for cheep plans the network is not throttled as far as I know

I think all these comparisons are fine however the question is not really about who is better but what is better for you. When it comes right down to it do you really need a $20 Linode when a $5 DO does everything you need it to? If so then why spend more. Equally and as already mentioned, if you need the CPU power, extra IP addresses, prefer Xen over a limited KVM VPS then Linode is where you need to be. <br> <br>Each have their own benefits, choose based on your needs, not on anything else.