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Amazon S3

146 Ratings

DigitalOcean

51 Ratings

Amazon S3

146 Ratings
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Score 9.1 out of 101

DigitalOcean

51 Ratings
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Score 9.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

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

When you need to get something deployed quickly, DigitalOcean can be one of the fastest routes if you can't use a PaaS and have requirements that necessitate a VPS.I would avoid DigitalOcean if you don't need a full-blown IaaS and can use something like Heroku to get your app out the door quickly. I would also use a more advanced provider like AWS if you need features beyond DigitalOcean's catalog
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Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon S3
DigitalOcean
8.1
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon S3
DigitalOcean
9.4
Dynamic scaling
Amazon S3
DigitalOcean
7.3
Elastic load balancing
Amazon S3
DigitalOcean
8.4
Pre-configured templates
Amazon S3
DigitalOcean
8.1
Monitoring tools
Amazon S3
DigitalOcean
6.8
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon S3
DigitalOcean
8.9
Operating system support
Amazon S3
DigitalOcean
7.9
Security controls
Amazon S3
DigitalOcean
7.7

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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  • Best Support Team
  • Low Cost & Reliable
  • Booting up a new Droplet takes less than 1 minute
  • They are continuously improving and adding new services
  • Best documentation for our technical team
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Cons

  • There is no true hierarchical filesystem in S3. So for example, if you have a file like /images/pizza/1.png, and you delete 1.png it deletes the entire directory structure. Now many tools will place an empty dummy file at /images/pizza to make it appear as if the structure is there – but if you do these operations via api it can be a bit of a gotchya.
  • The bucket namespace is global, so it can be really hard to get a sensible bucket name. Honestly no idea why they made that global.
  • While you can serve S3 content at your own subdomain, you have to have the proper bucket name to do so and this can get pretty cumbersome. Ideally, there would be a better way to mask S3 buckets at a DNS level.
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  • More products. Like Amazon Web Services and other cloud providers, DigitalOcean should have launched other products like CDN, and more.
  • Customer Support: Customer Support personnel were warming and great. The only downside is they take a bit longer to respond.
  • The documentation doesn't get updated very frequently and errors and bugs were not addressed properly.
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Likelihood to Renew

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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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Cheaper than Heroku which is prohibitively expensive for a small self-funded startup. We quickly outgrew their free tier and migrated to DigitalOcean. AWS is more feature complete however, we found its maintenance overly confusing and not as well thought out. For many use cases AWS would be more appropriate but for ours, DigitalOcean came out on top.
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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

  • Interaction between Ruby on Rails and the Fog/Carrierwave Gem to upload images is a costly, manual process for the team
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  • Reduced costs for servers
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Pricing Details

Amazon S3

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

DigitalOcean

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