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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 9.6 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

    8.1

    DigitalOcean

    81%

    FatCow

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    DigitalOcean ranks higher in 9/9 features

    Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime

    9.0
    90%
    26 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Dynamic scaling

    8.1
    81%
    28 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Elastic load balancing

    7.1
    71%
    20 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Pre-configured templates

    9.4
    94%
    25 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Monitoring tools

    7.5
    75%
    30 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Pre-defined machine images

    8.6
    86%
    29 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Operating system support

    7.5
    75%
    29 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Security controls

    7.5
    75%
    28 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Automation

    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • FatCow is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.5

    DigitalOcean

    85%
    31 Ratings
    9.6

    FatCow

    96%
    2 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.0

    DigitalOcean

    90%
    2 Ratings

    FatCow

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    8.6

    DigitalOcean

    86%
    6 Ratings

    FatCow

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Availability

    10.0

    DigitalOcean

    100%
    2 Ratings

    FatCow

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    9.0

    DigitalOcean

    90%
    2 Ratings

    FatCow

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.8

    DigitalOcean

    88%
    18 Ratings

    FatCow

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    10.0

    DigitalOcean

    100%
    1 Rating

    FatCow

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    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.
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    Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)

    I honestly can't speak to whether FatCow would be well suited for large companies. But for independent contractors, bloggers, and entrepreneurs, FatCow is a perfect fit. If you're a novice user, their tools and interface allow you to build a site quickly. For advanced users, the clean interface makes it simple to find what you need. One-click installation of web applications is awesome. I haven't updated my site in a while, but they provide a great platform for those looking to showcase their portfolios and blogs.
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    Pros

    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
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    Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)

    • Flexibility of how you want to use it (WordPress, HTML coding, Wix, etc)
    • Unlimited storage for all your website needs
    • Reasonable rates as compared to other hosting services
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    Cons

    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.
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    Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)

    • I was very disappointed with my initial renewal. I understood that the price I had paid was an introductory price, but the renewal rate was much higher than I anticipated. They could be more transparent with their renewals.
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    Pricing Details

    DigitalOcean

    Starting Price

    $5 Starting Price Per Month

    Editions & Modules

    DigitalOcean editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    1GB-16GB$5.001
    8GB-160GB$60.002

    Footnotes

    1. Starting Price Per Month
    2. Starting Price Per Month

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    FatCow

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    FatCow editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      DigitalOcean

      I've been very happy with it for my purposes and I plan to continue to use DigitalOcean for the foreseeable future!
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      Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)

      No answers on this topic

      Usability

      DigitalOcean

      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.
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      Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)

      No answers on this topic

      Reliability and Availability

      DigitalOcean

      Have not found a single second of down time myself. Superior availability.
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      Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)

      No answers on this topic

      Performance

      DigitalOcean

      Very quick response and high performance, you have to fine tune configurations on your machines though.
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      Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      DigitalOcean

      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.
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      Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      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.
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      Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)

      Before choosing FatCow, I looked into a few services. As this was 9 years ago, the options weren't as diverse as they are now. GoDaddy was the most popular at the time, but the rates were significantly higher for a smaller package, and they had a pretty sexist ad campaign at the time that really turned me off of their services. Since choosing FatCow, I have looked into using WP Engine as I do my website in WordPress, but it wasn't worth it to move it over at the time and I elected to stick with what I had.
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      Scalability

      DigitalOcean

      Great scalability, you can start with small plans and move up to premium features at a very good price.
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      Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)

      No answers on this topic

      Return on Investment

      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.
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      Newfold Digital (Endurance + Web.com)

      • Integration of Google Analytics made it simple to see where traffic comes from.
      • Ease of use frees me up to focus on communicating ideas rather than fighting with software to make it work.
      • Stability makes it perfect to showcase my work.
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