Run performance comparison of Digital Ocean spaces vs AWS


  1. Emiel M.
    May 30, 2019 @ 9:51 am

    Please upvote this Doc Request!

    Dave’s expertise and in-depth analysis of the reliability and performance of the freshly launched CDN feature in Digitial Ocean’s Spaces might convince you to move from AWS to this service and save lots of costs on CDN services when you’re running sites on DO droplets.

    Thanks in advance Dae for your effort, really forward to your test results already!


  2. Dave H.
    May 30, 2019 @ 12:12 pm

    Some more relevant content:

    Hi there,I’d like to provide a bit more in-depth overview. Spaces on our platform is indeed Object Storage, much comparable to Amazon S3. Spaces integrates with the s3 API, so a lot of the same behaviors and features you see with S3 are able to be used in conjunction with Spaces.
    With the launch of our CDN, Spaces now includes a built-in content delivery network (CDN) at no extra charge. Our standard 1TB of free bandwidth and overage pricing for Spaces will include usage for the origin and CDN combined. This provides you the ability to turn on global edge caching for a Space in any of our available Spaces regions.
    This differs from Amazon CloudFront in that CloudFront does integrate directly with AWS, so that CDN is serving more than just S3, and integrates with other products. The CDN we’re able to offer with Spaces will only cover Spaces, and excludes other services you may be running, such as Droplets or block storage (Volumes).
    I was able to take a look at the price calculation you performed and included the link to (thank you!), and the values you have there are correct. The main reason you’re seeing such a discrepancy is the logic above – with CloudFront, you’re seeing a CDN working on top of all AWS services, whereas Spaces CDN here at DigitalOcean would only cover your objects stored in Spaces.
    I hope this sheds some additional light on the questions you had. If you have further questions or concerns, please let me know, and I’ll be happy to assist!
    Mandi B.
    Developer Support Engineer

    FYI, I sent a calculation of costs for the same services on AWS Cloudfront as on a DO Spaces CDN of $5 a month, which resulted in almost $90/month on AWS. When more performance is needed costs on AWS Cloudfront rise even faster in comparison with DO Spaces CDN. So I asked if this price difference could be declared by significant differences between these services.

    Also this price calc:

    Here’s the link to the price calculation btw: (Please click on the “Services” tab to see the values I filled in)


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