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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 8.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Amazon Lightsail ranks higher in 1 feature set: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

8.6

Amazon Lightsail

86%
8.0

DigitalOcean

80%
Amazon Lightsail ranks higher in 7/9 features

Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime

7.7
77%
5 Ratings
9.0
90%
26 Ratings

Dynamic scaling

9.0
90%
4 Ratings
8.0
80%
28 Ratings

Elastic load balancing

8.9
89%
4 Ratings
7.0
70%
20 Ratings

Pre-configured templates

8.7
87%
5 Ratings
9.5
95%
25 Ratings

Monitoring tools

7.4
74%
5 Ratings
7.4
74%
30 Ratings

Pre-defined machine images

8.5
85%
5 Ratings
8.5
85%
29 Ratings

Operating system support

9.4
94%
5 Ratings
7.4
74%
29 Ratings

Security controls

8.3
83%
5 Ratings
7.4
74%
28 Ratings

Automation

9.3
93%
4 Ratings
8.0
80%
2 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Amazon Lightsail is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.8

Amazon Lightsail

88%
5 Ratings
8.5

DigitalOcean

85%
31 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Lightsail

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

DigitalOcean

90%
2 Ratings

Usability

Amazon Lightsail

N/A
0 Ratings
8.6

DigitalOcean

86%
6 Ratings

Availability

Amazon Lightsail

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

DigitalOcean

100%
2 Ratings

Performance

Amazon Lightsail

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

DigitalOcean

90%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

Amazon Lightsail

N/A
0 Ratings
8.8

DigitalOcean

88%
18 Ratings

Product Scalability

Amazon Lightsail

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

DigitalOcean

100%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Lightsail

We utilized Amazon Lightsail to get a web application proof of concept up and running. It's easy to set up, requires minimal configuration, and lets us to concentrate on the coding. It's designed to help you get started fast and easily, but it's not designed for corporate applications or workloads.
Arpit Patel | TrustRadius Reviewer

DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean is a powerful tool with respect to the services and pricing that it offers. It is easier than other products and also provides servers that are inexpensive with great performance. DigitalOcean also offers additional add-ons such as additional IP addresses, scheduling of backups, etc. One of the best advantages is that it is efficient and is open source. Although, it is suited for a firm that is looking to cut down cost. Also, it is not suited for an organization where the dev/platform/DBA team is less experienced.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Amazon Lightsail

  • static web hosting & non public managments
  • low cost remote access
  • media distribution
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

DigitalOcean

  • DigitalOcean provides some of the best cost-to-value services available
  • The DigitalOcean cloud console is very intuitive and easy to navigate
  • DigitalOcean has great support for Docker and other dev ops tools like Terraform.
  • DigitalOcean iterates quickly and provides cutting edge features for organizations that want to keep up with the latest and greatest dev ops tooling
  • DigitalOcean has a great developer community and numerous support docs/tutorials
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon Lightsail

  • slow
  • complex integration to AWS Cloudwatch - complex setup required
  • No IPv6, a big downside
  • less value compared with Linode or Digital Ocean
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

DigitalOcean

  • Some products/services available on other Cloud providers aren't available, but they seem to be catching up as they add new products like Managed SQL DBs.
  • While they have FreeBSD droplets (VMs), support for *BSD OSs is limited. I.e. the new monitoring agent only works on Linux.
  • There are no regions available on South America.
  • They don't seem to offer enterprise-level products, even basic ones as Windows Server, MS SQL Server, Oracle products, etc.
Leonel Quinteros | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Amazon Lightsail

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$3.5 per month

Amazon Lightsail Editions & Modules

Edition
512 MB Linux$3.501
1 GB Linux$5.001
2 GB Linux$10.001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

DigitalOcean

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$5 Starting Price Per Month

DigitalOcean Editions & Modules

Edition
1GB-16GB$5.001
8GB-160GB$60.001
  1. Starting Price Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Lightsail

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I've been very happy with it for my purposes and I plan to continue to use DigitalOcean for the foreseeable future!
Creede Lambard | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon Lightsail

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean 8.6
Based on 6 answers
I honestly can't think of an easier way to set up and maintain your own server. Being able to set up a server in minutes and have fully control is awesome. The UX is incredibly intuitive for first-time users as well so there's no reason to be intimidated when it comes to giving DigitalOcean a shot.
Chris Widner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Amazon Lightsail

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Have not found a single second of down time myself. Superior availability.
Hernán Silva | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Amazon Lightsail

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Very quick response and high performance, you have to fine tune configurations on your machines though.
Hernán Silva | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Amazon Lightsail

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean 8.8
Based on 18 answers
They have always been fast, and the process has been straight-forward. I haven't had to use it enough to be frustrated with it, to be honest, and when I have an issue they fix it. As with all support, I wish it felt more human, but they are doing aces.
Bobby Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Amazon Lightsail

Amazon Lightsail is a great platform. Before we started using it, we were using AWS EC2 instances as our primary servers after being dissatisfied with other providers. After Amazon Lightsail's introduction, we were able to reduce our operating costs, improve our quality assurance tasks, and provide much more efficient and better apps with our microservices architecture.
Sandesh Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

DigitalOcean

Amazon has a very complex UI and many products to offer. They haven't polished up their UI and it has a much greater learning curve compared to DigitalOcean. However, Amazon Web Services (AWS) does have more comprehensive cloud computing services, which forces some companies to migrate their backend and other services to AWS as they scale up.
Fedor Paretsky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Amazon Lightsail

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Great scalability, you can start with small plans and move up to premium features at a very good price.
Hernán Silva | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon Lightsail

  • Saved a lot of time on set up and configuration
  • Saved money on trial period
  • Customer service was less helpful
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

DigitalOcean

  • With DigitalOcean, I've been able to move all my sites to https using my own implementations of SSL with LetsEncrypt.
  • Since moving my sites to DigitalOcean, my hosting plan costs less than 40% of what I paid for similar hosting from Site5.
Jeanine Schoessler | TrustRadius Reviewer

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