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Score 8 out of 10
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Right now it's used to host the entire infrastructure of a SaaS ERP system. It helps running and to scale the systems with developer-friendly tools and easy-to-understand prices.
We use several Virtual Machines to host our different services from our SOA architecture (Nginx load balancer/API proxy, PostgreSQL DB instance, APIs servers, and Nginx Web Servers) together with some networking services like Private Network and Public Floating IPs.
  • Developer-friendly tools and APIs.
  • Great documentation.
  • Awesome community and support.
  • Good and clean UI for cloud resources management.
  • Nice collection of products which is growing all the time adding new products every year.
  • 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.
For single developers/small agencies, quick prototypes or open source-based architectures, Digital Ocean is a great choice. They make it simple to start any project quickly without being afraid of hidden costs.

I wouldn't recommend it to anybody looking for enterprise-level solutions or trying to host proprietary software on the platform.
Big projects that require Global availability and replication may fall short in available regions as well.
Also, projects looking to use modern/advanced technologies, like AI, ML, Big Data, will not find packaged solutions like other cloud providers offer.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We have created our own custom scheduling software that allows us to manage various projects and associated information across the various internal departments at the company. While this started as an internal tool our customers requested access. Instead of dealing with maintaining VPN accounts or opening our server to public/anonymous access we chose DigitalOcean to host a public-facing copy of our software strictly for customer use.
  • 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.
  • It's hard to think of things they could do differently without losing focus of what they do really well. They nail their promise. However, since I have to think of something I'll say that they could do minor things like give you the option of selecting which ports you want opened and how you want them forwarded internally. You have to manually set these up and it can be tricky if you've never done it before, so they could make these quick options as you configure your droplet before finalizing it.
  • Cheaper managed DB pricing - $15/mo isn't bad at all but $5 would be mind-blowingly amazing.
Unless you need on-prem solutions DigitalOcean is a no-brainer. It's far easier to use than Amazon Web Services and, from my experience, cheaper in smaller usage scenarios. If you're really locked in with AWS perhaps you wouldn't want to switch to DigitalOcean because of the time to migrate and integrate with the API, but otherwise I can't think of a good reason to choose anything other than DigitalOcean.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We use it to host a couple of websites, APIs, and apps for our organization.
  • Easy to set up.
  • Extremely affordable.
  • Upgrade hardware on the fly.
  • None I can think of. I have had multiple hosts and none have stacked up to the flexibility and ease of use.
DigitalOcean is well suited if you need to be able to create a server that scales and you want full control/responsibility of your tech stack. We recommend using some kind of serverless solution if you are smaller and don't want the management overhead.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We happily use DigitalOcean for all of our hosting needs. DigitalOcean provides cloud based servers that are used throughout our organization. In the past we have used various other hosting companies, but DigitalOcean offers us not only a hosting service, but the ability to utilize our own servers. We have been extremely happy with the services DigitalOcean has provided, and any technical problems have been addressed quickly and professionally.
  • We have been building websites for over 15 years, and in that time we feel like we have found the perfect host for our needs.
  • Technical issues that we have encountered, or problems with setting up website related services have been very quickly and professionally dealt with.
  • The customer service is top notch, and surprisingly the customer service representatives have been very enjoyable to talk to.
  • Over the last year DigitalOcean has greatly expanded the services they offer.
  • Over the years DigitalOcean has grown, and has predicted our needs before we had them.
  • There is always room for improvement but I've not had any issues that need resolving or services that need improvement upon.
  • I really have no idea what could be improved upon, and when new features are implemented, I am surprised I didn't think of them, They are really on the ball.
We at Moon Books use Wordpress as our CMS of choice. DigitalOcean works amazingly well with Wordpress and is quicker than any other host I've ever used. We also use EasyEngine in addition to DigitalOcean, which makes rolling out new sites even quicker. The only scenario that I could think of in this case, if possibly using another CMS such as Drupal, but I've not tried it personally, the Drupal hosting could very easily be as polished as Wordpress, I'm just pulling Drupal out of my hat.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We've used DigitalOcean for running microservices. It's only used by our development team and isn't often used by other departments. It isn't our primary hosting service (we use AWS/Heroku) but I've used it both at work and on personal projects to quickly and cheaply launch prototypes. DigitalOcean is better for people who are a little more technical but it has some nice templated hosting solutions (e.g. WordPress) that less technical members of the team can use.
  • 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
  • Although I've never had issues with droplets, DigitalOcean occasionally has service outages in their deployment services.
  • It would be nice if DigitalOcean provided a means to cap egress billing (e.g. lock out an instance that is unintentionally ramping up a large bill)
  • I like that DigitalOcean spaces are compatible with S3 but it would be nice if they scaled in terms of space and price in similar fashion
  • Getting responses from DigitalOcean support can be slow and might not be adequate without an additional support plan
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 services

Scenarios 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).
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Score 10 out of 10
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We used DigitalOcean (DO) to support several VMs used in our stack. One VM was used for the Database, another for the Worker, one for the Redis instance, and lastly, we used one for our primary web app. Highly recommend using DO. Super simple to use, it offers plenty of flexibility around snapshots, resizing, and backups too!
  • Great upgrade and resizing options
  • New monitoring services work very well
  • Great pricing
  • The DBaaS options are too expensive
Great pricing, tons of regions, just an all around perfect solution for startups and larger software companies.
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Score 5 out of 10
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We used DigitalOcean for some of our one-off virtualization workloads and to see the viability of working with one-off POCs and smaller projects. This was primarily for us to test out other offerings out there to see if it stacked up to products we currently use. We did a POC on a WordPress farm for a year and then kept up a couple of instances for posterity purposes.
  • Easy to get started
  • Good selection of virtual machine images
  • Good dashboarding and metrics to show uptime to stakeholders
  • Need better increments for virtualization
  • Pricing is a bit steep on some offerings
  • Can be a challenge to customize out of the box images
I would recommend DigitalOcean to a colleague that has started to look around for a virtual hosting provider but doesn't have an enterprise workload. It hits the sweet spot of a middle tier provider for a lot of the use cases that we were looking for from a support perspective.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We use DigitalOcean for all of our cloud computing needs, including cloud instances, managing DNS records, floating IP address, Kubernetes instances, and load balancers. It is directly utilized mainly with engineers and developers and is used in combination with a selection of other SaaS to complete our development environments and backend. We also self-host some other developer tools and marketing tools on our DigitalOcean servers as well.
  • Pricing is very straightforward - DigitalOcean uses a simple monthly pricing model (charged per hour), where pricing for instances is structured in clear increments, $5, $10, $20, $40/month, etc...
  • Amazing UI - DigitalOcean has a very clear, intuitive UI. It takes mere seconds to create a cloud instance.
  • Super scalable - As long as you're not changing a disk/SSD size, all the components of a cloud instance are editable, and seamlessly integrate with other DigitalOcean products like their DNS records manager, load balancers, and floating IPs.
  • There is downtime somewhat more often than competing services - DigitalOcean is getting on top of this, but on average, every couple of months, there tends to be server maintenance that can disturb server function.
  • Limited products - DigitalOcean only recently introduced their Kubernetes product, which was offered by cloud computing competitors a long time before.
  • Limited regions - DigitalOcean has fewer regions, compared to AWS and Google Cloud Platform, but they are quickly scaling and introducing new data centers.
  • No GPUs - DigitalOcean does not offer cloud computing instances that have GPUs.
DigitalOcean is wonderful for startups that are looking to quickly create a backend, API, or cloud computing infrastructure. Most of the products that DigitalOcean offers makes it really easy to set this up. For companies that require more complex or advanced cloud computing resources, like Computer Vision, AI, etc... DigitalOcean doesn't offer these specific services, so a different cloud computing service may be better suited for this purpose.
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Score 10 out of 10
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I use DigitalOcean for managing both personal and professional websites. I left hosting and domain support from Site5 last year and found DigitalOcean to be the best option for managing my domains. It offers loads of documentation for migration and setup as well as friendly support from their helpdesk team. You'll want to be (or have a member of your team who is) proficient with the terminal as all setup and server settings are managed through the command line.
  • Clear and useful documentation for a variety of setups - I've used a variety of their documentation for setting up virtual domains, mail, Apache modules, and SSL. There is an active community helping to keep these documents up to date.
  • Priced well and great performance - Their packages start at $5/month and offer many options for a flexible bundle that fits your needs.
  • Great help desk - I've submitted three or so tickets to their help desk, and each time they are very responsive and guide me in understanding the solution to my questions.
  • No simple email setup - There are a few walkthroughs on setting up the servers, but it most often recommended to use a service like Zoho for a simple email setup. It would be great if DigitalOcean could implement this into their services.
  • Must log in to view invoice PDF - It might be ideal for small businesses to receive the PDF file in the monthly billing email. Currently, a user must log in to the system (pass the 2-step authentication if required) and dig around for the PDF in the Billing tab.
DigitalOcean is ideal for web and system administrators who are comfortable with (or at least motivated to learn) using the command line for managing a server. Its setup requires a good grasp of general server understanding but it also allows for flexibility for installing SSL certificates, managing multiple domains in one droplet, and logging data.
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Score 10 out of 10
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DigitalOcean is used by our engineering team for development, testing and deployment of our production infrastructure. It provides low cost reliable servers, load balancer, storage and most importantly support team.
  • Best Support Team
  • Low Cost & Reliable
  • Booting up a new Droplet takes less than 1 minute
  • They are continuously improving and adding new services
  • Best documentation for our technical team
  • There are lot of other services which are missing. For example, Database Service, CDN, Containers, etc.
In case of SaaS product, your cloud infrastructure is one of the most costly aspect. Thus having low cost of infrastructure allows us to provide high quality services at reasonable rates to our users. Along with it, it must be reliable enough that we can push our production data there. DigitalOcean is best suited for these scenarios. They provides reliable cloud services at reasonable pricing point. Plus they do have free support team, who guide and advise us starting from getting used to the platform to deciding the infrastructure for our production. The only pain point is that, they do have less number of services. But, they are adding them on monthly basis.
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Score 8 out of 10
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DustMoon is a media company that publishes hand-picked stories from the tech. I founded the company with some help from my colleagues. DustMoon quickly outgrew shared hosting with over 500K visits per month. We then decided to try out DigitalOcean as it is the most hyped VPS provider at that time. It exceeded our expectations with its performance. We used the entry-level VPS with 512MB RAM. Configuration: Nginx, Redis, MariaDB & Varnish. Adding Varnish to the stack is our best decision. We load tested our server stack with Blitz and it successfully handled 3-4.5 million visits with a very low response times.

And thereafter, we implemented the same stack for our sister network, consisting of 3 sites.
  • The network transit carriers they use are great. They use Tier-1 network providers making a website hosted on DigitalOcean super fast to most of the viewers in every country.
  • Hardware: I had visited DigitalOcean Bangalore collocation provider after getting an approval for a hackathon. They're using the Dell Rack Servers with Samsung SSDs. I'm really happy to be running on DigitalOcean.
  • Customer Support: These guys always excelled it. Excellent support personnel with sound technical knowledge.
  • More products. Like Amazon Web Services and other cloud providers, DigitalOcean should have launched other products like CDN, and more.
  • Customer Support: Customer Support personnel were warming and great. The only downside is they take a bit longer to respond.
  • The documentation doesn't get updated very frequently and errors and bugs were not addressed properly.
DigitalOcean is best suited for SMBs. For large enterprises, it's better to go for premium providers like AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. The reason being very simple, they don't offer products that other providers do offer. Products like Content Delivery Network, Web Application Firewalls, Scalable Databases, Infrastructure for running intensive applications like Machine Learning and Virtual Reality or so.
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Score 8 out of 10
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DigitalOcean provides basic "cloud computing" and describes themselves as "bare-bones", which is an understatement when compared to other cloud services, as they only provide computing services (virtual machines), which they call "Droplets", with a few basic sub-services that you can add to your droplets, such as storage, networking, and load-balancing. At this point in telling someone about DigitalOcean, I usually get a question along the lines of "so they are a VPS or a Cloud provider"? DigitalOcean is very clearly in the cloud category. The difference is that a VPS host rents each physical server (individually) to multiple clients, who then share the resources. In Cloud architecture, multiple servers, storage devices, and other network resources are connected together and combined into a single "resource" pool, usually consisting of Processors, RAM, Storage (Hard Drive), Network Adapters, and many more depending on how advanced the service is (GPU, Video RAM, USB Bus, etc). This pool is then shared out as individual units to power "internet" accessible virtual devices, such as servers. The Internet is illustrated in a network diagram as a cloud, hence the name. This architecture has many benefits, such as being available "on the fly", letting a client instantly start, stop, or modify a server. This means a client only pays for what he is using, usually in hourly blocks, which is how DigitalOcean bills. Since all the resources are from a group of servers, a failure of one server or hard drive, NIC, etc does not affect a virtual server at all, meaning any cloud server is considered a "high availability" server. Along with servers, DigitalOcean also offers network services, allowing a client to have a complete private virtual network, with switches, routers, servers, load balancers, subnets, and more, all with the same security advantages as physical units. By offering only 'high-demand' services, DigitalOcean offers awesome cloud services at an affordable rate (starting $5/month), which gives every business, hobbyist, student, and etc access to real network resources, via an easy to use web interface, If they can order a computer from Dell, they can get a cloud server.
  • Cloud computing services at amazingly low rates, such as $5 a server per month.
  • They have a very clean, simple, an self-explanatory interface. This is the first cloud provider I can honestly truly say this about, Google is second.
  • The price per resource is lower than most other providers, while offering the same core compute services. This is especially true, as their storage services are only provided by SSD, which is usually priced at a premium
  • The best part is DigitalOcean always has promos going on, and you can manage a server for free if you invite someone monthly or trial other services such as CodeAnywhere.
  • The use of cloud in the company description is a bit misleading, it is correctly used, but most people are expecting more cloud services available.
  • They take "Bare-Bones" to an extreme, It is currently March 13, 2017, and they JUST added Load Balancing services recently. On the other hand, deploying a private droplet to act as a LB/FO controller, DB, etc., is generally cheaper than what other providers charge for those services.
Digitalocean is perfect for any person or business on a budget, from students to start-ups, DigitalOcean is very affordable, literally at $5 a month, while offering very high-quality services that, while VERY limited, outrank the other cloud providers, in my opinion. Personally, I find DigitalOcean to be the perfect match for 75% of my clients, who have websites and other online services currently through budget hosting providers, like GoDaddy, but really want higher security, control, bandwidth and etc., without increasing the bill. Normally, that would be impossible but is EXACTLY what is offered by DigitalOcean. You literally have nothing to lose, as you can easily swing multiple servers for free by using a promo service every few months. Yes, AWS does also offer a tier of basic services for a year, and they can't compare to DigitalOcean.
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Score 9 out of 10
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For a company I worked with as a consultant, I implemented DigitalOcean as a web server for hosting the main website of the company and a self-hosted JIRA instance where they tracked progress on an internal project. DigitalOcean performed really well during times of high traffic and high use of both the website and the project management tool.
  • SPEED! DigitalOcean provides a really good response speed compared to similar providers. Their servers and Drops perform really well when configured the right way.
  • Ease of Use. Even for a seasoned developer like me, DigitalOcean seemed a bit intimidating at first due to its need to configure almost anything using a console screen. Turns out however, it was very easy to use by using the web interface and following guides on the internet.
  • Documentation. DigitalOcean offers one of the best pieces of documentation one can find for a service anywhere. From creating an account to setting up complex configurations and services, they have it very well documented. If you still can't find how to do anything, you can either read guides on the internet or ask for support and someone will point you in the right direction.
  • The only area I see room for improvement, if anything, is features on low tiers. They offer several, very afforable plans to be honest. However, some of the features on low price tiers seem too low for modern needs. For example, space on the $10/m or the $20/m plans seem a bit low compared to other providers.
DigitalOcean is a very good option for dedicated hosting of applications and sites with high traffic or high use volume. It's not as good of an option for small websites or novice users looking for a cheap hosting.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We use DigitalOcean primarily for a set of applications and automated functionalities. These include client solutions, public applications, and internal development tools. It's primarily used by our programming teams, with some use by other teams in the company.

I also use DigitalOcean for similar personal purposes, including some website hosting as well.
  • Price Point
  • Documentation
  • User Interface
  • Reliability
  • More hands-on support options
  • More pre-built server options (eg. pre-installed cPanel images)
  • Managed server options
You should have the expertise in house to set up, manage and debug your server environment. In such a case, DigitalOcean can save you a lot of money over other services. If you don't have that expertise available, then you will want to look for a more managed solution. Also, if you want extremely high performance at all times, or if you want to pay for your hardware only as you use it, then DigitalOcean may not be a good fit.
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Score 10 out of 10
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[It's being used] organization-wide. It allows us to have servers in various regions as needed. It offers excellent flexibility in terms of capacity. The ability to spin up a new server with specified storage and memory requirements is amazing and changed how we manage our infrastructure.

The various regions available to DigitalOcean customers is very nice for targeting specific geographical areas. Launching a service for the Asian market? Spin up a server in Indonesia, instead of New York like you'd do for US users.
  • Various geographical regions to run a VPS in.
  • Many pre-built images like WordPress, GitLab, and Ghost.
  • Local networking making it easy to communicate between your VPSs.
  • Backups that are always on and free would be sweet.
  • Better integration with Docker Cloud.
You need to be flexible in your server infrastructure. If you're not sure what you need, DigitalOcean is a great option. If your needs change rapidly, DigitalOcean is a great option. Less appropriate if you need to have physical control over servers, DigitalOcean is not a colocation facility and simply provides virtual servers on their hardware.
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Score 10 out of 10
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As a freelancer, most of my clients are small businesses and individuals who are looking for something cheap and fast. They cannot afford a VPS service that costs hundreds of dollars. DigitalOcean is probably the cheapest way to set up your web application and it can scale well so you don't really have to worry about infrastructure all that much; of course, Amazon can also provide similar and probably better services but DigitalOcean droplets are comparatively cheaper and have almost all the advantages of using AWS. Also, DigitalOcean has been opening up more server farms around the world hence if you are building an application that is targeted for an audience at a particular place, you could spin up a server that is really close to your target audience; the last time I checked AWS or Linode didn't have as many locations as DigitalOcean. Also, the community documentation is really awesome and there are a lot of small apps and integrations that are coming up that make my work easier.
  • Running a wordpress site at $5 is really cheap (although you need to know a little bit on configuring your server for security).
  • Server locations can help applications that target certain locations, you could spin up a server which is very close to your audience hence increasing the speed at which you serve your applications.
  • At its core, DigitalOcean provides you with a highly configurable server, so you are only limited by your imagination or rather your skills on how you run your server.
  • Security is a major problem, although things are improving now. Community documentation is helping improve that as well, there are a lot of articles that help in configuring servers to improve security overall.
  • Support times are pretty bad, it might be a couple of hours sometimes before someone replies to your ticket. This doesn't happen all the time though.
  • As they are growing the quality has downgraded a little, integrations with some apps (in my case Laravel Forge ) had suffered because of this; hopefully they will get their act straight.
1) You are a small blogger and want to run your website on a super fast server with lots of space and bandwidth at a cheap price and are willing to get your hands dirty a bit.
2) A small startup or an app developer with a small budget that needs access to a highly configurable server.
3) A startup that wants to scale infrastructure as it grows.
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Score 10 out of 10
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I needed a robust, scalable server setup in a datacenter to power my online businesses. Shared hosting didn't cut it anymore and I found DigitalOcean did a better job of letting me control my hardware. Their API allows for advanced automation options should I choose to implement them down the line.
  • Server management dashboard
  • Community support
  • Infrastructure as a service
  • More automation options
Love the speed in which one can spin up a fresh machine, it literally takes only a few seconds. Why bother with virtual machines when you can just as easily do it in the cloud? The community is particularly responsive and helpful. I really like the improvement they've made to their administrative dashboard. While the selection of OS images is pretty good, their one-click apps are awesome though I haven't used them in production yet.
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DigitalOcean is being used for a handful of client websites, internally and for temporary development/sandbox/staging environments. The selection of locations, ease of setup and speed of provisioning a new server (Droplet) for use is huge-- I can typically have a LAMP server with full root access up and running within 15-30 minutes. Reliability and speed are excellent as well. I really have nothing negative to say about Digital Ocean.
  • The user interface is simple, streamlined and easy to use
  • Servers (Droplets) take only minutes to set up. The time from creation to fully configured is about as good as it gets.
  • Reliablity. Uptime is great, never an issue.
  • Cost. They have several, quite reasonable, price points to support small to large websites.
  • Analytics. More detailed insight into how a server or site is performing would be nice to have.
  • Provisioning profiles. It would be great to be able to define a server entirely before creating it. For example, choose the specific version of Linux, Apache version, MySQL version, PHP, software firewall, and misc Apache, MySQL and PHP extensions, choose users and password and run the install.
Well suited for small and large sites. Less suitable for something you need to grow and shrink dynamically based on load. If you want to be 100% in charge of the management of your server this is the choice for you. If you want someone else to ensure the server is kept up to date and things are set up optimally you're better off elsewhere.
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We used DigitalOcean because we could easily segment client websites onto their own servers and scale each one according to traffic. This enabled us to fully adopt automation. Each server was created identically and we could be sure that we got the same result after each build. We also enabled DigitalOcean's backup services on all our servers as an extra layer of backup for our services.
  • Price
  • Speed
  • Support
  • Sometimes, droplets were migrated to other hosts that caused a short amount of downtime.
  • Enabling backups on exisiting droplets was a bit of a pain, but they fixed that.
  • All one click install apps are built on Ubuntu.
Might be less appropriate in enterprise settings. But you can build a very robust architecture spread across different regions very easily. They might not have load balancing built in, but you can set that up pretty easily if you want to with a third or fourth node. Digitalocean gets out of your way to build what you need to quickly.
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We use DigitalOcean to host a variety of different web products, which we build for clients. It's used by essentially our whole team, and solves the problem of allowing easy to access, quick set up VPS availability. Before DigitalOcean, we were primarily using Heroku and other cloud container services. This hosting strategy got expensive, and offered less powerful resources than DigitalOcean.

Once we moved, we were able to drop hosting bills for a couple of clients from ~$500+/month, to ~$20-30/month. We also had the flexibility and power of having a full Linux VPS, which was more customizable and could be fine tuned to customer needs better.
  • It's fast. Getting a VPS up and running for the first time takes only a few minutes.
  • It's affordable. You get SSD powered boxes for as little as $5/month.
  • Their support and educational resources are unmatched. They have the best tutorials and guides in the industry.
  • As the product becomes more complex, setup becomes a bit less clear and you need to understand all of the options available to you.
  • There are some constraints on hard drive space, RAM, and server location, that once set for the first time, are hard to change later. This should be more clear, or more flexibility should be given.
  • Unless this has changed recently, there are no team accounts. A single user/password is used for the account. It would be nice to delegate some instances to team members, who would have their own login credentials. So projects could be shared more easily.
It's great for startups that want a no-nonsense, simple solution. It's also great for young developers just getting started, as a good amount of value is provided at very little cost. Their flexibility, availability, and different pricing tiers also make Digital Ocean a great product for development teams of all size, as they can handle nearly any scale necessary.
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August 01, 2016

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It's a good cloud server for a decent price compared to its competitors. The interface is easy to use and allows you to host your own site without having to put in as much work. The features and value were great but their support lacked effectiveness and left a lot to be desired.
  • Easy to use
  • Fast, even compared to other cloud hosting sites
  • Great price
  • Support is not always top notch
It is a great VPS. It has very great speed capabilities and rarely goes down. It can however be difficult to get support from them, as their communication is limited to basically just messaging. They often take a long time to respond and the responses aren't necessarily very helpful or even useful.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We use Digital Ocean to spin up servers for most client jobs. DO is one of the easiest web hosting services around and provides fantastic performance with a great price. We host our company website on Digital Ocean and have done so for over a year. Whenever a new WordPress 'stack' needs to be tested, we spin up a Digital Ocean server and are ready to go in just a couple minutes.
  • DigitalOcean is exceedingly easy to use, with one of the best user interfaces I've seen among web hosts.
  • DigitalOcean has some of the best site performance around. Their VPSs are fast, reliable, and virtually never go down.
  • The initial process of spinning up a server requires logging into the server via the console and changing passwords. This is, frankly, an absurd step. The first few times we spun up new servers we struggled with this opaque process.
  • Preventing disk images from being transferred from one server to another is an odd limitation which feels just shy of arbitrary.
DigitalOcean (DO) provides exceptional performance with a very low price. For clients with extremely low budgets, the price matters. That said, DO servers are fairly barebones. We tend to use managed hosting such as WP Engine for clients, and use DO for testing, internal projects, or clients with personal sites for whom the advantages of managed hosting are wasted.
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Score 9 out of 10
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I use DigitalOcean as a platform for my personal website, to manage email for several domains I administer, and for some personal projects related to my hobbies and interests.
  • Uptime. Since I joined a couple of years ago I don't think I've had a single outage.
  • Native IPv6. IPv6 is the way of the future and DigitalOcean allows me to participate without jumping through hoops (e.g. negotiating through a tunnel broker).
  • Simplicity. I can spin up a droplet and have it up and running quickly, and I don't have to go through a lengthy process to do so.
  • Platform. I love Ubuntu and it's standard with DigitalOcean.
  • External storage. This is the big one. When you spin up a droplet you have a fixed virtual disk size. It would be really nice to be able to temporarily or permanently add storage without resorting to hacks involving solutions like S3 or Dropbox.
  • DNS management. There are numerous DNS solutions available on the net but it would be nice to have one native to DigitalOcean.
I would recommend DigitalOcean to the small-scale operator who just wants to put up a Wordpress site or something similar; to the hobbyist learning about cloud computing; and to someone looking for a platform more powerful than shared hosting, less expensive than a dedicated host and more cost-effective than AWS. For example, until I found DigitalOcean I was making do with a t1.micro AWS instance that was costing about $15 a month when things like bandwidth costs were factored in. My DigitalOcean droplet runs about $20 a month, has much more computing power than the old AWS instance, and is chugging along happily running several Docker containers that house the services I use. However, for those who need a full ecosystem of products like CDNs, in-house DNS, dedicated database solutions and the like, or who are running larger-scale operations, something like AWS would be more appropriate.
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Score 6 out of 10
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I used it for myself and it pretty much fixed the server performance issues.
  • Great performing servers
  • Lots of operating systems & images
  • Awesome management panel
  • Great community
  • Cannot install system by yourself or provide your own ISO
  • Security issues with ssh host keys
  • Does not have a SAN but instead uses local storage in RAID5
If you desire excellent server performance (server network speed: 1GBPS), access to scale down/up servers with a few clicks, then DigitalOcean is right for you.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We use digitalocean as a way to prototype infrastructure code in a way that is fundamentally different from Amazon Web Services. DigitalOcean's product features are more minimal and thus let us be sure we aren't relying on proprietary or non-standard features of AWS. In the past, I've deployed personal projects to DigitalOcean. And at a previous employer, we used DigitalOcean as our primary deployment target.
  • A simple feature set that is easy to get started with.
  • Plenty of integrations with userland tools such as CLIs, configuration management, and infrastructure as code.
  • Offers a clear pricing model that is easy to reason about. Other providers are less clear with how pricing will work in practice.
  • Their community outreach is fantastic including a wealth of tutorials and articles.
  • One-click installers for popular technologies are a really easy way to test out interesting technologies.
  • Their feature set is more focused than other providers like AWS, GCE, or Azure.
  • They charge a relatively high amount for image backups.
  • In years past, I've noticed droplets getting into a stuck state periodically. I'm not sure how much of a problem this is today.
  • Lack of software defined networking is a big minus. Once you are used to providers which offer this, it is tough to go back.
When you need to get something deployed quickly, DigitalOcean can be one of the fastest routes if you can't use a PaaS and have requirements that necessitate a VPS.

I would avoid DigitalOcean if you don't need a full-blown IaaS and can use something like Heroku to get your app out the door quickly. I would also use a more advanced provider like AWS if you need features beyond DigitalOcean's catalog.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime (26)
9.3
Dynamic scaling (25)
8.6
Elastic load balancing (17)
8.4
Pre-configured templates (24)
9.1
Monitoring tools (28)
8.5
Pre-defined machine images (28)
8.9
Operating system support (27)
8.5
Security controls (26)
8.3

About DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean is an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform from the company of the same name headquartered in New York. It is known for its support of managed Kubernetes clusters and “Droplets” feature.

Deployment

  • Create managed Kubernetes clusters just by specifying the size and location of worker nodes

  • Standard, general purpose, or CPU-optimized compute types

  • App marketplace

  • Global availability

Scalability

  • Scale up, scale down, or migrate between Droplets (virtual machines)

  • Distribute traffic across droplets

  • Redirect network traffic

  • Hourly billing

Storage

  • Managed MySQL, Redis, or PostgreSQL databases

  • Store and retrieve any amount of data (audio, video, etc.)

  • SSD-based storage support

  • Backups and snapshots

Security

  • Cloud firewalls

  • Private networking

  • Two-factor authorization and centralized billing

Monitoring

  • Native integration

  • Resource usage reports and graphs

  • Real-term alerts and notifications

DigitalOcean Technical Details

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