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Score 8.1 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

DigitalOcean

Scenarios where DigitalOcean is well suited:- I would recommend DigitalOcean for any startup looking to get up and running quickly, but concerned about scalability and infrastructure costs- DigitalOcean is also a powerful tool for running microservices; it can be useful for prototyping or quickly launching pre-configured servicesScenarios where DigitalOcean is less appropriate:- DigitalOcean would be less appropriate for companies with limited devops experience in their teams (you need to be more on top of your infrastructure and may not get the automated infrastructure updates that you would from something like AWS).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Compute Engine

I have recommended the platform to students, friends and family members alike. The help and documentation is very easy to follow for a beginner. Plus, GCP has built in tools which make some common tasks that non-production level cloud users need to accomplish very easy in an automated way. Now, to address the question of recommending GCE to a colleague, ultimately the organization will have to make a decision regarding the entire cloud platform. It wouldn't make much sense, outside of a special case, to use GCE for some parts of your cloud infrastructure and a competitor on other parts. That practical caveat aside, I believe that the GCP brings a strong suite of tools to the table overall and is good value for money at this time as well. Developer familiarity to certain competing platforms can be a sticking point, but a colleague who is already asking for a recommendation is likely already open minded about moving to GCP.
Frank Palladino | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

DigitalOcean
8.7
Google Compute Engine
8.5
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
DigitalOcean
9.3
Google Compute Engine
9.2
Dynamic scaling
DigitalOcean
8.7
Google Compute Engine
8.7
Elastic load balancing
DigitalOcean
8.1
Google Compute Engine
8.8
Pre-configured templates
DigitalOcean
9.0
Google Compute Engine
8.4
Monitoring tools
DigitalOcean
8.5
Google Compute Engine
7.7
Pre-defined machine images
DigitalOcean
8.8
Google Compute Engine
8.2
Operating system support
DigitalOcean
8.7
Google Compute Engine
8.3
Security controls
DigitalOcean
8.0
Google Compute Engine
8.9

Pros

DigitalOcean

  • Ease of use - You can get set up with a new server in a matter of minutes. It doesn't get any easier than that.
  • Support - The public forums are incredibly helpful as are the official help articles. I've never needed to contact the support team because of this. All of the information is at my fingertips.
  • Pricing - We're only paying $10/mo for a solution that gives our customers more confidence in us and is a selling point for us.
Chris Widner | 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

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 8.5
Based on 6 answers
While DigitalOcean is a top notch host in our opinion, it could be more user friendly. There have been great strides taken in the last year with user friendliness, and while if you are experienced with web hosting, the services they offer will be easy to use, if you are not then it will require some research on your part.
Brandon Mullins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine 9.1
Based on 9 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 1 answer
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 1 answer
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 8.6
Based on 10 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 8.8
Based on 11 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

App Engine is somewhat similar, but we use it together with Compute Engine. App Engine is good for serving end requests to users -- it can scale automatically to any number of requests, but has it's own limitations. Compute Engine does not have any limitations. but you have to manage it by yourself and scale it manually as needed. I tried using Amazon's EC2 before the Compute Engine was released, but at that time their UI wasn't friendly, in the end Compute Engine provider much better integration with App Engine since their VMs can be really close to each other to reduce network delay. Google Cloud's UI is really good, you don't always want to manage your stuff using API.
Dmitry Sadovnychyi | 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

Pricing Details

DigitalOcean

General

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

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

Google Compute Engine Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

DigitalOcean
8.8
Google Compute Engine
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

DigitalOcean
9.0
Google Compute Engine
9.0

Usability

DigitalOcean
8.5
Google Compute Engine
9.1

Reliability and Availability

DigitalOcean
10.0
Google Compute Engine

Performance

DigitalOcean
9.0
Google Compute Engine

Support Rating

DigitalOcean
8.6
Google Compute Engine
8.8

Scalability

DigitalOcean
10.0
Google Compute Engine

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