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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • DigitalOcean ranks higher in 1 feature set: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

8.3

DigitalOcean

83%
7.7

Google Compute Engine

77%
DigitalOcean ranks higher in 6/9 features

Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime

9.0
90%
27 Ratings
8.3
83%
26 Ratings

Dynamic scaling

8.6
86%
29 Ratings
8.4
84%
24 Ratings

Elastic load balancing

7.6
76%
21 Ratings
8.6
86%
20 Ratings

Pre-configured templates

9.3
93%
26 Ratings
6.8
68%
26 Ratings

Monitoring tools

7.9
79%
31 Ratings
5.7
57%
27 Ratings

Pre-defined machine images

8.7
87%
30 Ratings
6.0
60%
27 Ratings

Operating system support

7.6
76%
30 Ratings
8.6
86%
27 Ratings

Security controls

8.1
81%
29 Ratings
9.0
90%
27 Ratings

Automation

8.4
84%
3 Ratings
7.5
75%
2 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • DigitalOcean is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • Google Compute Engine is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability
  • DigitalOcean and Google Compute Engine are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

Likelihood to Recommend

8.6

DigitalOcean

86%
32 Ratings
8.7

Google Compute Engine

87%
27 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.0

DigitalOcean

90%
2 Ratings
9.0

Google Compute Engine

90%
1 Rating

Usability

8.6

DigitalOcean

86%
6 Ratings
9.1

Google Compute Engine

91%
8 Ratings

Availability

10.0

DigitalOcean

100%
2 Ratings

Google Compute Engine

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.0

DigitalOcean

90%
2 Ratings

Google Compute Engine

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.8

DigitalOcean

88%
18 Ratings
8.6

Google Compute Engine

86%
19 Ratings

Product Scalability

10.0

DigitalOcean

100%
1 Rating

Google Compute Engine

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Compute Engine

We use Google Compute Engine in a hybrid and multi-cloud solution. We find that using it for direct ad-hoc use cases meets all of our demands. We have attempted some more complex networking and multi-regional use cases but were not able to achieve satisfactory results. Google Compute Engine is extremely appropriate for anyone requiring quick, scalable, reliable infrastructure.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Compute Engine

  • A simple web-based interface that is a breeze to train new engineers to use. Our experienced engineers never have trouble finding or doing anything on GCE.
  • Sustained use and Committed use discounts mean we get top-tier VMs for an incredibly competitive price.
  • Wonderful identity and access management that gives us peace-of-mind when granting access to machines to contractors and other 3rd parties.
  • Fast VMs, lastest in hardware, and enough RAM to power even the hungriest of our services.
Tyler Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Leonel Quinteros | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Compute Engine

  • The L7 load balancer can be difficult to get set up. It's limited in its functionality, especially with the container engine.
  • It's hard to find certain objects on the web console. Often times the things I need to get to are buried in advanced menus.
  • Google's decision to only support MySQL on their relational DB service means that I have to manage Postgres instances in Compute on my own, managing everything from storage to backups.
David Long, SPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Google Compute Engine

General

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

Starting Price

$0.004,237 GB

Google Compute Engine Editions & Modules

Edition
On-demand price - Predefined vCPUS$0.031611 / vCPU1
Preemptible Price - Predefined vCPUs0.006655 / vCPU1
One-year commitment price - Predefined vCPUS$0.019915 / vCPU1
Three-year commitment price - Predefined vCPUS$0.014225 / CPU1
On-demand price - Predefined Memory$0.004237 / GB1
Preemptible Price - Predefined Memory0.000892 / GB1
One-year commitment price - Predefined Memory$0.002669 / GB1
Three-year commitment price - Predefined Memory$0.001907 / GB1
  1. Hour
Additional Pricing Details
Prices vary according to region (i.e US central, east, & west time zones). Google Compute Engine also offers a discounted rate for a 1 & 3 year commitment.

Likelihood to Renew

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

Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Overall services are good to go. Received good feedback from users. Have regional server locations. It has free extra service included.
Sazzad Hossain Sharkar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

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

Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine 9.1
Based on 8 answers
Having interacted with several cloud services, GCE stands out to me as more usable than most. The naming and locating of features is a little more intuitive than most I've interacted with, and hinting is also quite helpful. Getting staff up to speed has proven to be overall less painful than others.
Brendon Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Have not found a single second of down time myself. Superior availability.
Hernán Silva | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Compute Engine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

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

Google Compute Engine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

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

Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine 8.6
Based on 19 answers
  • The documentation needs to be better for intermediate users - There are first steps that one can easily follow, but after that, the documentation is often spotty or not in a form where one can follow the steps and accomplish the task. Also, the documentation and the product often go out of sync, where the commands from the documentation do not work with the current version of the product.
  • Google support was great and their presence on site was very helpful in dealing with various issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Fedor Paretsky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Compute Engine

I've used the AWS stack, the Azure stack, OCI, and IBM cloud. I have found GCP and AWS the easiest to deploy, configure, manage, and so on. Google has offered me at least 5 free in person classes to train me in new features on the platform. Likewise AWS has offered me probably 10 to 15 guided online tutorials, with a person to field any questions. All of this free training will no doubt affect my experience in a serious way, so keep that in mind as a reader. Outside of ease of use and configuration, I haven't experienced performance problems across any of the cloud services that I have used.
Frank Palladino | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

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

Google Compute Engine

No score
No answers yet
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.
Jeanine Schoessler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Compute Engine

  • Positive impact on the OpEx with reduction in CapEx resulting from reducing the time to move a workload from on-prem to the cloud
  • Incased RoI by reducing need for on-prem compute
  • Improved agility by providing the option to take on new AI workloads for test and dev without the need for upfront investment in
Aditya Mohan | TrustRadius Reviewer

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