DigitalOcean App Platform vs. Dokku

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
DigitalOcean App Platform
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
The DigitalOcean App Platform enables developers to build, deploy, and scale apps on what they describe as a simple, fully managed PaaS. Users of the former Nanobox, acquired by DigitalOcean in 2019, have been migrated to the App Platform upon Nanobox's end of life in March 2021.
$5
per month
Dokku
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
Dokku is an extensible, open-source Platform-as -a -Service that runs on a single server of your choice.N/A
Pricing
DigitalOcean App PlatformDokku
Editions & Modules
Basic
$5
per month
Professional
$12
per month
No answers on this topic
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
DigitalOcean App PlatformDokku
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
DigitalOcean App PlatformDokku
Platform-as-a-Service
Comparison of Platform-as-a-Service features of Product A and Product B
DigitalOcean App Platform
6.8
2 Ratings
19% below category average
Dokku
8.6
1 Ratings
5% above category average
Ease of building user interfaces7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Scalability4.02 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Platform management overhead4.02 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Platform access control4.02 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Services-enabled integration9.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Development environment creation10.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Development environment replication10.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Issue monitoring and notification6.01 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Issue recovery8.01 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Upgrades and platform fixes6.02 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Workflow engine capability00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
DigitalOcean App PlatformDokku
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(2 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
DigitalOcean App PlatformDokku
Likelihood to Recommend
DigitalOcean
I would only get into it if I where willing to pay for the support plan and getting some assurances from the team as to where they are headed. The platform itself is great and can save you a ton of hard work and money. but it's hard to be confidant in it's sustainability.
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Open Source
If you have your own in-house servers or have a cloud server with the freedom to configure any PaaS that you want, then Dokku is for you. So far, I have never run into a scenario where Dokku was not able to fit my needs, after deploying many different types of applications with varying frameworks, languages, and connected services. If you already have a PaaS available, however, Dokku may not be for you.
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Pros
DigitalOcean
  • Hosting of serverless application
  • Hosting of load balancer
  • Hosting of virtual appliances
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Open Source
  • Dockerfile deployments are an incredibly simple and straightforward way to spin up applications.
  • The docker-options plugin allows endless direct configuration of options passed to different docker lifecycle stages.
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Cons
DigitalOcean
  • The company has not been very communicative as of lately. Not much news, no apparent work on missing features.
  • Some components are incomplete as far as some critical features. For example, I use RethinkDB as my database and it's missing critical features like backup and clustering, so It is unusable and they should have made that clear from the get go.
  • The pricing on the support plan is vague. I do have the feeling it is actually well worth the money, but it's hard to form a decisions based without more predictable specific.
  • Seems to me like the platform's future is unclear.
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Open Source
  • Dokku might overreach on its assumptions about how you want to host your app, using its own VHOSTS plugin by default. This may be a pro or a con depending on what you want.
  • Proxy port configuration can be somewhat difficult, with Dokku resetting any pre-deployment configuration to "smart" defaults on the first deployment.
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Support Rating
DigitalOcean
No answers on this topic
Open Source
Dokku is incredibly well documented and also takes advantage of the documentation and community of Heroku, being essentially the same thing, but in the case that you encounter an actual bug or issue, it can take time for a fix to make it into a new version. Since you manage Dokku yourself, there is no support team to call for help.
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Alternatives Considered
DigitalOcean
It can help you to host your virtual appliance or serverless application at very low cost. DigitalOcean marketplace also helps you to deploy the serverless app or virtual appliance effortlessly. It is suitable for small scale deployment and the process to setup an account and roll out your app via marketplace is easy and cheap.
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Open Source
Dokku is essentially the same thing as Heroku, except maintained by you on the platform of your choice. If you have any experience using Heroku, then you will feel right at home using Dokku. Dokku is an entirely free to use PaaS, requiring only that you have a platform to deploy it on, making it far more versatile than Heroku in my opinion.
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Return on Investment
DigitalOcean
  • The platform is saving me a lot of time I would have been wasting on operations instead of development.
  • The platform is saving me a lot of money as I can easily switch between cloud providers to find the best price.
  • I am worried though for the price I might have to pay in case of an unexpected system issue.
  • Hopefully I will be able to pay the support plan before that.
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Open Source
  • Since there's no investment besides a little time to set up, the return has been overwhelmingly positive.
  • Deploying a new app is incredibly quick and easy.
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