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DigitalOcean Droplets


What is DigitalOcean Droplets?

DigitalOcean's Droplets is designed to help the user spin up a virtual machine in just 55 seconds. Standard, General Purpose, CPU-Optimized, or Memory-Optimized configurations provide flexibility to build, test, and grow an app from startup to scale.

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What is DigitalOcean Droplets?

DigitalOcean's Droplets is designed to help the user spin up a virtual machine in just 55 seconds. Standard, General Purpose, CPU-Optimized, or Memory-Optimized configurations provide flexibility to build, test, and grow an app from startup to scale.

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What is DigitalOcean Droplets?

DigitalOcean's Droplets is designed to help the user spin up a virtual machine in just 55 seconds. Standard, General Purpose, CPU-Optimized, or Memory-Optimized configurations provide flexibility to build, test, and grow an app from startup to scale.

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DigitalOcean Droplets has been widely praised for its ease of use and wide range of use cases. Users have found that it simplifies the process of creating Linux servers, allowing them to set up their own virtual private servers in just a few clicks. The marketplace feature offers a variety of 1-click solutions for different purposes such as OpenVPN, Plesk, and Docker, further streamlining the setup process.

One of the key use cases for DigitalOcean Droplets is hosting applications and websites. Customers have successfully hosted SaaS platforms with more than 30 web applications on this platform, leveraging its scalability and reliability. Additionally, the ability to easily resize servers has proved beneficial for hosting heavyweight applications, allowing users to accommodate increased load seamlessly.

DigitalOcean Droplets has also been chosen as an alternative cloud solution for UAT environments and proof of concept projects. Many users have found it to be more affordable compared to other cloud platforms like Amazon, Google Cloud Platform, and Azure. The intuitive UI of DigitalOcean Droplets simplifies navigation and makes it convenient for users to access a variety of services.

Another notable use case is the non-profit program offered by DigitalOcean Droplets, providing free credits for a year to eligible organizations. This has been highly beneficial for nonprofit entities looking to host their websites or applications without incurring significant costs.

Finally, DigitalOcean Droplets has been selected as a cloud-based solution for performing computations in parallel. Users appreciate its easy setup, scalability, and useful cost information, making it an attractive choice for those requiring parallel processing capabilities.

Overall, DigitalOcean Droplets caters to a wide range of use cases such as hosting websites and applications, creating Linux servers with specific configurations, and providing an affordable alternative to other cloud platforms. Its user-friendly interface and marketplace offerings make it a popular choice among developers and organizations alike.

Pay per hour model: Several users have praised the pay per hour model, stating that it offers flexibility and cost control. The ability to pay only for the hours used allows customers to efficiently manage their expenses and adjust resources as needed.

Availability of droplets on different regions: Many reviewers appreciate the availability of droplets on different regions, as it enhances accessibility and enables efficient data replication. This feature provides users with the flexibility to choose a region closer to their target audience or replicate data across multiple locations for improved performance and reliability.

Instantly destroy droplets: The ability to instantly destroy a droplet has been mentioned by multiple users as a convenient feature. This functionality allows customers to easily manage their resources, saving time and effort in terminating unnecessary instances.

Limited Server Locations: Some users have expressed their desire for more server locations in the MENA region, indicating a limitation in the current options available. They feel that having additional server locations would greatly improve performance and ensure better service availability in various geographical areas.

Overwhelming Interface: Many reviewers find the platform's interface overwhelming and confusing due to the extensive amount of information displayed. This makes it difficult for users to navigate and locate specific features, impacting user experience and productivity. Simplifying the interface by streamlining the information presentation could enhance usability.

Cumbersome VM Configuration: Users have mentioned that configuring virtual machines on this platform can be a cumbersome process. The complexity involved in setting up customized VMs according to specific requirements can be time-consuming and challenging for some users. Improving the VM configuration process would make it more intuitive and efficient, providing a smoother experience for users.


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Prashant Chaudhari | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use DO droplets to host our applications. We are SaaS platform which includes more than 30 web applications.
We use Digital Ocean to host some of our services along with manager Load Balancer. We also deploy cloud firewalls to protect these droplets from cyber attacks.
  • Quick to setup
  • Faster launch times
  • SSD storage by default
  • Multiple ready to use images for quickly setting up the stack you need
  • Honestly speaking, we never faced any challenge while using the droplets
  • It is developer friendly platform, but may be a bit difficult for non devs to run things
  • Nothing else as such
if you are just starting your business and want to quickly setup servers with cheaper cost, Digital Ocean droplets is the way to go.
Minimum size droplet costs just $5 and its much less compared to any other cloud service providers.
Tom Blazek | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Digital Ocean Droplets made it very simple to move some web apps to the cloud. It has also allowed us to utilize contractors, without giving them access to our internal network. I love not having to worry about the security of our web apps, and plan to migrate more things up to the digital ocean in the future
  • Easy to add new VM's
  • Easy to share access with others
  • Cost is very competitive
  • The interface has a lot going on, so hard to know where to go
  • VM configuration could be easier
Digital Ocean is well suited for moving web apps to the cloud. It allows us to set up test and production environments without having to worry as much about security. It also allows us to bring on contractors and not give them access to our internal resources. Provisioning of resources is pretty easy as well
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We were evaluating various cloud-based computation platforms for our internal POC. Digital Ocean droplets were one of the cloud-based solution providers we used. Our POC consisted of using lots of threads to perform computations in parallel. Digital Ocean Droplets were easy to set up and start using, decently priced, and easily scalable. They also provide useful information thus keeping our bills in check to some extent.
  • Scalable
  • Easy to use
  • Usage information should be more real time
  • GPU option should be introduced
If you want to set up your cloud infrastructure easily then Digital Ocean Droplets should suit you. They are scalable as well but they offer only CPU computation power. Hence, if your usage is only based on CPU computation then this can be a good option. They are decently priced as well. However, if you require graphics processing then this will not work.
November 17, 2021

Affordable cloud Droplet

Anuj Rai | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
DigitalOcean is like an alternative cloud solution which we are using right in our organization for UAT environment and to do POC(proof of concept), POV(proof of value). In terms of pricing is far cheaper than another cloud platform like Amazon, Google cloud platform, azure. The UI is quite interactive and easy to navigate for a number of other services.
  • Easy USER interface
  • Cost effective compared to other cloud giants
  • Quick deployment of Droplets
  • In terms of an availability zone, they have limitations not available in most of the geographical locations.
  • No live support is available which can cause problem if you have outage.
  • Number of service is quite limited.
DigitalOcean solution is quite effective if you are a mid-size organization and your end users are not scattered across the globe because the droplet has limitations of launching in different geographical locations as their data center is not widely available, neither they have live chat support to address your issue in case you run out in any kind of outage which will impact your end-user and business.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
A DigitalOcean Droplet is being used at our company to host our WordPress website and we also use it for cloud computing purposes like running python automation scripts 24/7 on a cloud computer that we can easily manage via SSH, DigitalOcean Droplets makes the process of creating Linux servers extremely easy and the marketplace is full of great 1 click solutions for different purposes like OpenVPN, Plesk, Docker, etc...
  • pay per hour model
  • droplets availability on different regions
  • the ability to instantly destroy a droplet
  • it would be great if they can add more server locations preferably in the MENA region
DigitalOcean Droplets are the best choice for developers teams that need reliable Linux servers to deploy their projects, the ability to create a droplet for testing purposes then destroy it, and only get charged for the few hours used makes the chances of messing up very slim. DigitalOcean Droplets is a great solution because the servers are scalable and the process of adding more resources like CPU or RAM to an existing droplet takes only a few minutes and once a server is scaled up it can also be scaled down if necessary which is perfect for supporting a temporary peak in traffic for example.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use DigitalOcean Droplets to host various VPSes for our clients' public-facing websites. It saves us having to set up our own infrastructure and is used across our whole company. It provides the reliability we need to be able to concentrate on developing our products. We have also used DigitalOcean Droplets to host various apps such as 3CX phone system and Unifi cloud controllers to manage our clients' WiFi equipment.
  • Simplicity to scale services--the interface is very quick and effective to use
  • Reliability--this is key for us, as any downtime effects our reputation
  • Keeps the costs down--hosting our own equivalent infrastructure would cost a lot more
  • No facility to take snapshots of Droplets to another service for backup
Testing and development is a excellent use case for DigitalOcean Droplets. You can spin up a new Linux machine in under a couple of minutes, deploy and test your application publicly, and then destroy the instance and only pay for the time it was running. It is perfect for hosting public-facing web applications and other packages such as VoIP phone systems.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
As our main product is an education platform, we need to host the website. The site being a heavyweight application, I can't use typical hosting. So we buy VPS from DigitalOcean. DigitalOcean Droplets is one of the best in the market according to our need because our platform is non-profit, so we can't afford big servers all month long. DigitalOcean Droplets gives us the flexibility to resize servers when the load increases. Our site is built with PHP and we have built a deployment cycle in our DigitalOcean Droplets, so the development process has been so much easier.

Moreover, we have been selected in DigitalOcean Droplets' non-profit program, where they provide us free credit for a year. That is another reason we chose DigitalOcean Droplets.
  • Instant server spin-up
  • App platform
  • CDN network
  • Managed database
  • App platform
  • Mobile app
If you need a server with minimal pricing, for testing or something, DigitalOcean Droplets is for you. If you need root level permission to run your app and modify the system as you want, DigitalOcean Droplets is for you.

If you want one-click docker hosting or a highly scalable system, DigitalOcean Droplets might not be the best choice. Yet you can do it by yourself; it's just not properly automated yet. Go for Azure/AWS. Because although DigitalOcean Droplets has an app platform where you can run your app directly and spin up docker container, it has issues. The deployment time is really long, and it takes ages to deploy.
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