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Leonel Quinteros profile photo
Score 9 out of 10
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Digital Ocean is easier to start with and was a great choice for that project. On other projects, I may choose Google Cloud products because of their more complex product offerings and advanced features.
Products like Storage or Pub/Sub isn't available on Digital Ocean and the alternative to Cloud SQL wasn't available at the time we created the project, so product availability may be a deciding factor.
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I've tried both AWS and Azure and, while they're both great solutions, they are much more challenging to setup and maintain. The idea that my billing could spike because of something unexpected leaves me a tad uneasy. For our solutions I'd rather pay the $10/mo with DigitalOcean and know that if something breaks, the server will be slow or stop and I can deal with that. Our customers can accept that easily whereas a large AWS bill my internal team could not.

AWS and Azure are built for hardcore devops teams whereas DigitalOcean has figured out how to serve those teams as well as others who are less technically sophisticated.
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Score 8 out of 10
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As I have said, DigitalOcean was slightly more expensive than something like HostGator, but the amount of customization and quality of service make it worth any difference. AWS was always a pain to set up and use, but DigitalOcean makes it cake.
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Score 10 out of 10
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DigitalOcean and ServerPilot work extremely well together. As for other hosting solutions I feel like I have moved on to the best choice available with DigitalOcean. Times change, and DigitalOcean just feels like the next step in the evolution of hosting providers and I for one wouldn't want to go back.
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DigitalOcean is not quite as simple as Heroku to get up and running, but it provides a better price point and more configurability. However, in my opinion it's much simpler to get up and running with than AWS OpsWorks and even Google App Engine. It also provides a better price point when compared with AWS or GCP. We've used all four services at my company so it wasn't a case of selecting DigitalOcean over the others. It currently serves a valuable niche in that it provides cheap configurable microservices. Had it been a little more mature when our company started I feel we likely would have selected DigitalOcean for our core app as well instead of AWS OpsWorks.
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DigitalOcean can be seen more like a Rackspace or a similar provider. They aren't offering more extended services such as AWS Redshift of something on a larger scale. They are great for just vanilla virtualization and maintaining uptime for those resources across a large set of images that can be provisioned.
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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.
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  • Site5
Site5's customer service and support have declined over the recent years. The last couple of tickets that I submitted in 2016 were never addressed by their help team. The only customer service agent seems to be on their Twitter account. Site5 does not allow any configuration of using free SSL services.
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Initially we started using DigitalOcean due to their pricing point as we were in development phase. Slowly when we used it, we starting liking it a lot as it is very fast & easy to get started, compared to the other Cloud Providers we've used. Also they have blogs and documentation for almost everything one needs for managing cloud services. Currently, DigitalOcean handles our production infrastructure with never noticed downtime yet.
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Score 8 out of 10
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  • Vultr and Linode
Vultr is a new player in the game. They don't advertise their hardware model and for that reason, people may not trust them. I have run few benchmarks on Vultr, they performed slightly better than DigitalOcean but they aren't trustworthy. Their transparency index is very low and also they're inconsistent. Linode is the granddad of all. This is the oldest player in the game. Very stable and old. Their platform is a little buggy. People have complained about losing their data on Linode several times. Also, they're the only VPS provider to be hit by large scale DDoS attacks. Obviously, I don't want my site to go down, therefore Linode isn't my first preference.
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Score 8 out of 10
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Compared service to service, Digitalocean comes out on top usually, for smaller better spec servers. This is what they do, and specialty shops are always the best route, with no exception here. However, if you need more than a server, or are not comfortable doing more than starting up a Linux pre-installed image, then it isn't for you. Digitalocean can be VERY powerful in the hands of a very good Linux geek, because even though all they offer are servers and networking tools, that is all a physical network usually has, meaning you can make your own system, and pay a LOT less than with any other service, but if you need more, and don't have those skills, you just won't find it. I do tend to pass up Digitalocean at times when I think I MIGHT need an independent managed database and etc., so it is something you need to take into consideration. As I have said in most of my reviews, this a great place to get info from people that use the service, but EVERY project has a good way, a bad way, and an AWESOME way of doing things, and you need to design an compare and chose the right mix of services to make it work the AWESOME way. I really can not say if DigtalOcean is for you, but if they do match your required services, I say to go for it.
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AWS: Too complex to set things up. Period.
Mediatemple: Great features, services and customer service. Prices are a bit high for what they offer.
Linode: Outstanding features and customer support. Difficult to start with for novice users.
inMotion Hosting: Used to be a really good provider but everything is on a down with them: poor scalability, frequent failures, poor customer support.
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Score 10 out of 10
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DigitalOcean has a much lower price point for VPS - but they are not fully managed as with other services. DigitalOcean VPSs are good for quick simple applications that we are comfortable and efficient at deploying ourselves. We do not generally recommend them for clients, as a more managed solution, such as LiquidWeb's VPS, is usually more appropriate for them.
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Score 10 out of 10
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  • Google Cloud and ChunkHost
DigitalOcean isn't nearly as robust as Google Cloud. DigitalOcean provides VPSs, as does Google Cloud. However, Google Cloud offers many other products as well.

ChunkHost is very similar to DigitalOcean, but doesn't have the infrastructure that DigitalOcean has. Geographical regions aren't available with ChunkHost and they don't provide as many monitoring tools. Comparable service, just not as flexible.
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Score 10 out of 10
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It was cheap, reliable and very configurable. On top of that, it has a lot of images of popular applications, I don't have to spend hours together getting my applications running. Linode though is very similar to digitalocean but I didn't find its interface as user-friendly as DigitalOcean, hence I switched to DigitalOcean.
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Score 10 out of 10
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  • Linode
Linode was my long time go-to and we still have several sites hosted and maintained on their servers. Initially, I was skeptical of DigitalOcean's pricing, but they've proven to be an excellent alternative. Linode is more mature in their toolset, but both are really great options. I suspect DigitalOcean's success impacted Linode quite a bit in terms of their current pricing structure which is great for the consumer.
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Score 10 out of 10
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DigitalOcean easily has the most flexibility, best pricing, and best ease of use, of the competitors we had used. Rackspace offers better engineer access and support, but this comes at a very significant cost. Heroku offers a cloud container system, which has less maintenance, but is much much more expensive for the same specifications. Linode offers mostly the same solution, but still at higher costs.
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Score 10 out of 10
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DigitalOcean is fast, easy to use, reliable, with few features, and at a great price. WP Engine is clunky, tricky to use, reliable, feature rich, and at a very high price. GoDaddy is clunky, difficult to use, too complex to be reliable, rife with garbage feature 'add-ons', and their price doesn't even matter because of how terrible they are to use. Convenience is king. DigitalOcean is convenient.
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Score 9 out of 10
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  • AWS
As I said earlier, for the kinds of things I do I find a $20/mo DigitalOcean droplet to be much more cost-effective than a similar AWS platform. However, for enterprise-level work with things like CDNs and load balancing, I'd be more inclined to evaluate and use AWS.
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Score 9 out of 10
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DigitalOcean's dead simple pricing and solid but basic feature set combine for a no-nonsense way to get your product shipped. Its API makes it nicely scriptable/automate-able compared to traditional shared hosting providers like Dreamhost. I think it compares most closely with a provider like Linode. AWS and Google Cloud have a much richer catalog but also carry higher overhead and cost. Heroku and other PaaS products provide a nicer experience for people that don't want to deal with server setup.
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February 22, 2017

DigitalOcean is awesome

Score 8 out of 10
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Cheaper than Heroku which is prohibitively expensive for a small self-funded startup. We quickly outgrew their free tier and migrated to DigitalOcean. AWS is more feature complete however, we found its maintenance overly confusing and not as well thought out. For many use cases AWS would be more appropriate but for ours, DigitalOcean came out on top.
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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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