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DigitalOcean vs SoftLayer performance benchmark (commando.io)
9 points by nodesocket on April 29, 2013 | hide | past | favorite | 9 comments

I use DigitalOcean but this is silly.

1. SoftLayer is well known for being over-priced.

2. They have a startup program you can use to get like $10k in credits.

3. DigitalOcean isn't anywhere near saturated. Remember the golden days of EC2? It'll quickly deteriorate.

4. You don't use dedis exclusively for the "bang per buck", you use them for the peace of mind and knowing your I/O isn't going to plummet by 3/4s because a new subscriber landed on your node, thereby fucking your database to hell.

5. I want dedis from DigitalOcean.

6. Don't use multi-cast ElasticSearch clusters on DigitalOcean.

@6. It is perfectly fine to use multicast ElasticSearch clusters on DigitalOcean - just make sure to use an ACL to protect the environment in a public cloud environment.

The server benchmarked on SoftLayer is not dedicated, it is on their CloudLayer platform (virtual machines).

Then this is even sillier, SoftLayer non-dedi is pointless, they're notorious for being overpriced as a brand.

Pricing aside, we were stunned at the performance difference. Never expected 3.2X improved performance from DigitalOcean.

They're not saturated yet.

DO's CPU performance has generally been worse than Linode's in benchmarks and that was before the recent Linode upgrade so they're probably even further behind now.

It's not that DO is good, it's that SoftLayer is terrible. Don't use SoftLayer as a benchmark for anything but wasting your money.

Also these kinds of blog posts are a waste of time.


Just use http://serverbear.com/ and be liberated from blog spam like this.

ramnode has a similar benchmark figure to digitalocean. the catch in these cheap vps providers is that the ram isnt really dedicated which you only come to know once you consistently use a high % of it

RAM is dedicated on DigitalOcean, CPU's are not - the virtual cores are shared to some extent on almost any cloud provider if you do the math.

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