DigitalOcean is super hot and preferred among many as the five-dollar virtual private server. OVH has recently made some strides in Europe to compete against DigitalOcean and is now present even in Italy. Here is a comparison of the two base models:
|Price||3.72 euros *||2.43 euros|
|space||20 GB||10 GB|
|cents per GB||18.5||24|
|RAM||512 MB||1 GB|
|Bonnie read/write K per second||716||196|
* based on the exchange rate on July 28th, 2014.
As we can see, OVH’s offer looks tempting, but there is more to the story. OVH’s offer costs more per gigabyte of disk space and uses a traditional hard disk instead of a modern solid-state disk which is generally faster since it has no moving parts. Also, the OVH’s read and write speed is only a fifth of DigitalOcean when tested with the Bonnie test tool. OVH’s three data centers are only located in France or Canada, whereas DigitalOcean’s seven data centers cover the globe: Singapore, Amsterdam, London, New York City, and San Francisco.