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114 Ratings

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Score 9.1 out of 100
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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

    Cloudflare

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.0

    DigitalOcean

    80%
    DigitalOcean ranks higher in 9/9 features

    Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    26 Ratings

    Dynamic scaling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    28 Ratings

    Elastic load balancing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    20 Ratings

    Pre-configured templates

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5
    95%
    25 Ratings

    Monitoring tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.4
    74%
    30 Ratings

    Pre-defined machine images

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    29 Ratings

    Operating system support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.4
    74%
    29 Ratings

    Security controls

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.4
    74%
    28 Ratings

    Automation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Cloudflare is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability
    • DigitalOcean is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.1

    Cloudflare

    91%
    76 Ratings
    8.5

    DigitalOcean

    85%
    31 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    Cloudflare

    100%
    1 Rating
    9.0

    DigitalOcean

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Usability

    9.0

    Cloudflare

    90%
    1 Rating
    8.6

    DigitalOcean

    86%
    6 Ratings

    Availability

    Cloudflare

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    DigitalOcean

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Performance

    Cloudflare

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    DigitalOcean

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.5

    Cloudflare

    85%
    54 Ratings
    8.8

    DigitalOcean

    88%
    18 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    Cloudflare

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    DigitalOcean

    100%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cloudflare

    I can't think of a single scenario where Cloudflare isn't useful. Our company uses Cloudflare for ALL sites. In fact, as a Web Development Agency, we don't work with clients unless they allow us to use Cloudflare. It's really that good ;-) and necessary for modern websites and apps.
    Jason Janes | 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

    Cloudflare

    • When you need a FREE and EASY TO SETUP SSL certificate on your page (if you don't have the locked locker icon when opening your page, you need it)
    • When you want to obfuscate your webpage's IP (any connection will give the Cloudflare's IP)
    • You need to speed up the connection for static content (it will not help database connections or dynamic content)
    • IF your DNS isn't good (Cloudflare's DNS is amazing, quick, easy, and works pretty well)
    Igor Neumann | 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

    Cloudflare

    • There is a huge jump in price between the mid-tier and enterprise solutions which is hard to justify for smaller businesses, or companies owning many small businesses.
    • It is difficult to convert from a CNAME installation back to a DNS based one
    • Setting up page-level caching with web workers is counterintuitive for simple websites
    Nicholas Tantillo | 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

    Cloudflare

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $0

    Cloudflare Editions & Modules

    Edition
    FreeFree
    Pro$202
    Business$2002
    EnterpriseContact sales team
    1. none
    2. per month
    3. none
    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

    Cloudflare

    Cloudflare 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    No answer on this topic is available.

    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

    Cloudflare

    Cloudflare 9.0
    Based on 1 answer
    While there are some parts of the service that can be tricky to implement if you have a very custom site, like holepunching for cache, for the most part, the service works very well out of the box and is easy to use
    Ramon Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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

    Cloudflare

    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

    Cloudflare

    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

    Cloudflare

    Cloudflare 8.5
    Based on 54 answers
    I (fortunately) have not encountered an issue I deemed severe enough to require me to submit a ticket to support. Most of the time, the problems I have encountered were fixable by simply waiting (as is usual with DNS services); or Googling and perusing their perfectly serviceable documentation and browsing support forums.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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

    Cloudflare

    CloudFlare is always innovating fast and adding new interesting solutions to the CDN, DNS, and DDoS problems that keep appearing as the internet grows and matures. Due to network effects, using CloudFlare is easier, faster, and more reliable than the competitors, and their support is super fast. I have used other solutions in previous companies like Akamai but their APIs were not very easy to use and their interfaces were not that friendly, also their CDNs were not as fast to clear the cache.
    Daniel Anjos | 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

    Cloudflare

    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

    Cloudflare

    • Uptime: With Cloudflare's website protection, we have avoided panic-inducing outages and downtime.
    • Reduced hosting load: Cloudflare's CDN allows us to use smaller servers and greatly diminish bandwidth usage.
    • Reduced domain renewal cost: Most of our domains could be transferred to Cloudflare, where domain renewals are as cheap as possible.
    • Increased total website cost: All of Cloudflare's features aren't free, and they increase our monthly overall website cost. The protection and other features are helpful, just not free.
    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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