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Amazon S3

S3 is one of those few solutions that work for everyone at any range. From small startups to corporate giants, S3 has something to offer all businesses with its infinite scalability and absolutely brilliant pay structure. Coming from the personal experience of having experienced both the small and big company aspect, S3 is your best bet for any and all cloud storage needs.
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DigitalOcean

Might be less appropriate in enterprise settings. But you can build a very robust architecture spread across different regions very easily. They might not have load balancing built in, but you can set that up pretty easily if you want to with a third or fourth node. Digitalocean gets out of your way to build what you need to quickly.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon S3
DigitalOcean
8.4
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon S3
DigitalOcean
9.2
Dynamic scaling
Amazon S3
DigitalOcean
7.8
Elastic load balancing
Amazon S3
DigitalOcean
8.7
Pre-configured templates
Amazon S3
DigitalOcean
8.8
Monitoring tools
Amazon S3
DigitalOcean
7.6
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon S3
DigitalOcean
8.9
Operating system support
Amazon S3
DigitalOcean
8.0
Security controls
Amazon S3
DigitalOcean
8.4

Pros

  • Storage! You can store as much as you like in whatever format and structure you like.
  • Pay as you go - you only pay for what you use, so your storage costs scale up and down with your storage and access patterns. No more having to provision space ahead of time or having wasted space floating around. It's also fairly inexpensive.
  • Static website hosting - really simple and easy to get going with, but surprisingly powerful. You can do everything from simple static websites to full Single Page Applications (assuming its all Javascript).
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  • Pricing is very affordable and scalable
  • Uptime is very dependable and consistant
  • Easy to set up, well documented FAQ and tutorials
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Cons

  • Can be a bit complex to set up with Cloud Front for CDN Performance.
  • Files names and conventions with how it integrates with Wordpress make it hard to find original files specifically since they are renamed.
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  • Support is not always top notch
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DigitalOcean9.0
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Very satisfied with the pricing model, service features and customer support.
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Usability

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DigitalOcean8.1
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Great web interface, very intuitive and easy to use.
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Reliability and Availability

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DigitalOcean10.0
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Have not found a single second of down time myself. Superior availability.
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Performance

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DigitalOcean9.0
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Very quick response and high performance, you have to fine tune configurations on your machines though.
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Support

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DigitalOcean9.0
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Nobody's perfect. :) But the one or two issues I've run into with DigitalOcean were resolved quickly, and I have to give a shout out to their awesome tutorials. When I've wanted to implement a new feature or find out how something works, I've often been able to find a DigitalOcean tutorial that walks me through it.
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Alternatives Considered

Prior to using S3, we were hosting all of our assets from the assets pipeline in our Ruby on Rails application. For a small company, this approach was fine but as the assets doubled and tripled, this was no longer the way to go. S3 will help you scale regardless of company size. It is especially key when you have multiple products that hold a variety of assets - images and videos.
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As I said earlier, for the kinds of things I do I find a $20/mo DigitalOcean droplet to be much more cost-effective than a similar AWS platform. However, for enterprise-level work with things like CDNs and load balancing, I'd be more inclined to evaluate and use AWS.
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Scalability

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DigitalOcean10.0
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Great scalability, you can start with small plans and move up to premium features at a very good price.
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Return on Investment

  • The storage costs are extremely low compared to storage provided by cloud backup vendors, most of which are just reselling Amazon S3.
  • This has allowed us to be more competitive in the corporate backup market.
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  • Since I don't use DigitalOcean for business purposes at the moment, this doesn't apply. But as an IT professional using it for personal projects and as a testbed for learning, it works great.
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Pricing Details

Amazon S3

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

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