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Score 8.1 out of 100

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

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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

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

If you're already a customer of IBM, or using an IBM product through an ASP or reseller, or you need access to the hundreds of services IBM provides, it's a great place to build out your infrastructure.
If you're an established company slowly adding VMs, a smaller provider in the vast digital ocean of choices may be better.
Scott Galvin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

DigitalOcean
8.7
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.1
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
DigitalOcean
9.3
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.2
Dynamic scaling
DigitalOcean
8.7
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.0
Elastic load balancing
DigitalOcean
8.1
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
7.7
Pre-configured templates
DigitalOcean
9.0
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.1
Monitoring tools
DigitalOcean
8.5
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.0
Pre-defined machine images
DigitalOcean
8.8
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.1
Operating system support
DigitalOcean
8.7
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.9
Security controls
DigitalOcean
8.0
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.0

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

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

  • The pricing options for services is awesome, offering bare-metal and other high-demand services at hourly rates.
  • Softlayer offers a huge assortment of high-powered services, such as Nvidia Tesla GPU computing, high-bandwidth connection options, and highly customizable bare-metal servers
  • All of Softlayers' plans and services are fully adaptable to to fit your needs, with a huge amount of options for both the services they offer and the management options available for those services.
Craig Nash | 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

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

  • The IBM Cloud Web UI is very slow and not responsive
  • It would be nice to provide a direct way to choose a template image when creating a VSI
  • It would be nice if transient VSIs can be resized (CPU and Mem)
Anonymous | 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

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers 8.2
Based on 1 answer
It's hard to imagine not renewing having spent so much time setting up our infrastructure to utilise the CVS
Anonymous | 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

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

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

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

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

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers 7.5
Based on 2 answers
It is adequate, but you need to be ready to argue your point - which is fair enough, I suppose, but being given the opposite of the benefit of the doubt every time does not necessarily result in an enjoyable user experience.
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

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

I have had a dedicated server for 20 years. The last company, Softlayer, got bought out by IBM, and the transition has been a very good one. When I started using IBM for all my hosting solutions, I became a really big fan. Everything has been a user-friendly experience. The products have been really easy to work with.
Jeffrey Lange | 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

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

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

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

  • Freed up our team to focus on working on our own products and not having to worry about maintaining and patching servers.
  • On-demand procurement allowed our team to quickly spin up servers as needed and shut them down when work is done.
Qing Miao | 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

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers Editions & Modules

Edition
IBM Cloud Public Virtual Serversstarting at $0.0381
IBM Cloud Dedicated Virtual Serversstarting at $0.221
IBM Cloud Public Virtual Serversstarting at $25.212
IBM Cloud Dedicated Virtual Serversstarting at $149.002
IBM Cloud Transient Virtual Serversstarting at $0.013
IBM Cloud Reserved Virtual Serversstarting at $0.023
IBM Cloud Reserved Virtual Serversstarting at $13.274
  1. per hour
  2. per month
  3. per hour
  4. per month
Additional Pricing Details
IBM Cloud virtual servers include 250 GB of outbound public bandwidth, unmetered inbound public bandwidth, and unmetered private and management network bandwidth.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

DigitalOcean
8.8
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.1

Likelihood to Renew

DigitalOcean
9.0
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.2

Usability

DigitalOcean
8.5
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

Reliability and Availability

DigitalOcean
10.0
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

Performance

DigitalOcean
9.0
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

Support Rating

DigitalOcean
8.6
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
7.5

Scalability

DigitalOcean
10.0
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

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