Digital Ocean offers the best VPS, at the lowest prices.
February 13, 2017

Digital Ocean offers the best VPS, at the lowest prices.

Cameron Banga | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with DigitalOcean

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 helped drop hosting cost for clients, which has made our customers very happy with us.
  • It now takes minutes to set up a developer instance. Our devs can spend less time on set up, and more time programming.
  • Cost is so affordable, that we can easily test or try products at very low cost risk.
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.
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.

DigitalOcean Feature Ratings

Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Dynamic scaling
Pre-configured templates
Monitoring tools
Pre-defined machine images
Operating system support
Security controls