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DO Spaces Request timing is slow - basic images load slowly, poor performance.

I ran a test on the same image across DO block storage [e.g. basic web server $10/mo tier], DO Spaces, and AWS S3.

The results confirm what I’ve been seeing: DO Block loaded image in 0.41s DO Spaces loaded image in 1.25s AWS S3 loaded image in 0.49s

It appears that the lag is the request portion of the load timing [Connect -> Request -> Response -> Dom… etc]. Connect and response timings appear faster than block storage.

I’m just really confused as to why anybody is using Spaces at this point – on a normal webpage it has noticeable lag across images. I’ve also been using as asset storage for Craft CMS and the images in backend UI take forever to load, nothing I’ve ever noticed with block or S3.

Question is does DO acknowledge this service is generally slow? Not intended for web usage and intended for something else? I’ve read the optimization guide, and it does mention to avoid small files, but it begs to question what in the world is any web developer using Spaces for? We need fast delivery of lots of little files. I really would like an alternative to AWS S3 bundled into the beautiful and function DO backend. If DO Spaces is not going to be fast please stop advertising it as CDN an alternative to S3.


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To Digital Ocean admins: it’s a shame to let many users complaining about a basic paid service that obviously does not work, without bringing any answer. It shows a lack of transparency about your infrastructure issues, a lack of customer support (stop trying to hide issues by saying “please open a ticket”), and will lead to people to migrate to AWS or GCS. Just saying…

Same here. Slow performance. I think I made an mistake choosing Spaces.

Same problem here. Small jpg images (~250 KB) take quite long to load (~ 1s).