Digital Ocean

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Summary

Digital Ocean. A low Cost Open Source Alternative to AWS and Google Compute Engine.

Digital Ocean is a cloud computing and web infrastructure startup. It's also popular among open source software developers as it offers a platform that's an alternative to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Compute Engine. The company was founded in 2011 by Alec Hartman, Ben Uretsky, Mitch Wainer and Heff Carr. It's headquarters is located in New York City.

In order to implement Digital Ocean as an IaaS environment (Infrastructure as a service) developers first launch a private virtual machine instance, which in Digital Ocean parlance is called a droplet. Developers choose the size of the droplet, the geographic region and the data center where it will be executed. With Digital Ocean there is the option of using Linux with Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, CoreOS, FreeBSD, and CentOS.

Droplets

Instead of having to choose a Linux distribution, developers can create a droplet consisting of existing VM images that come with preinstalled images in what Digital Ocean users call the one click apps technique.

Digital Ocean gives developers nine sizes of droplets to choose from, starting at the smallest which has 512 MB of RAM with 1 CPU and 20 GB of SSD storage (Solide State Drive) and all for the low price of 5 dollars per month. The largest droplet contains 64GB of RAM with 20 CPUs and 640 GB of SSD storage at a cost of 640 dollars per month. Users do have the ability to resize droplets after creating them.

Shortcuts

Generally, to manage and monitor their Digital Ocean droplets developers use a control panel and an open sourced API. Through this panel developers can scale and resize their droplets depending on their workload. They can also make backup copies and redirect network traffic between different droplets directly from this control panel. There's also another resource called Team Accounts that makes it easy for teams of Digital Ocean users to split up and delegate tasks.

Advantages

  • Low Prices
  • Faster Server Provisioning
  • Easy-to-use API
  • Helpful User Community (Tips and Tutorials)
  • Various Options for Pre-configured Images
  • Highly Secure

Is Digital Ocean Right for Your Business

Digital Ocean could very well be the answer you've been looking for if your focus is on Software development. It's an optimal solution for site hosting with Virtual Servers. Creating test environments and homologation with a tight budget is also feasible with Digital Ocean. As far as technical support is concerned, there's no live support but there are plenty of forums and tutorials.

Among the companies that are already using Digital Ocean are LinkedIn, Xerox, Task Rabbit and many others.




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Harish ram
WhoIsHostingThis

Score: 100%

I am using Digital Ocean from last 1 year for few of my Niche websites. It is one of the best cloud hosting providers. Easy to deploy a server and install wordpress.Their 5$ Plan can handle most of my websites traffic.

One of my friend suggested to use digital ocean as it is cheap and trusted. Their support is excellent, They give 512 mb ram in 5$ Server which is totally worth for the money. If you are looking for a cloud hosting provider then go with Digital Ocean without any regrets.

EN - May 20, 2017, 2:33 p.m.

Aien Saidi
hostadvice.com

Score: 90%

First, I bought a small server from DO around 4 years ago. meanwhile I tried other hosting solutions, like GoDaddy and AWS. By far is DO the best service I've ever got and they are really good at supporting. Also the servers are reliable and easy to setup.

EN - Oct. 30, 2018, 1:35 p.m.

Andreas Clausen
WhoIsHostingThis

Score: 100%

I have not yet had a reason to reach out to support, so I'll rate it based on their thorough documentation. On the other hand, there's a reason I haven't had the need. I have not yet experienced downtown after almost half a year of using their droplets, and I have nothing to complain about.

Amazing prices for what you get! I must though come with the disclaimer that I'm only using them for small Api's and have not tried doing heavy tasks on them. I have been using Node.js (express.js) mostly, works like a charm.

EN - May 7, 2018, 2:29 p.m.

Himanshu Singh
WhoIsHostingThis

Score: 90%

I am using Digital Ocean from last 4 months and it's really good service provider. They do provide VPS, OneClick WordPress and many more things. You can also take backup of VPS as SnapShot.

DigitalOcean aka DO is one of the Best Hosting Provider. They Have low cost and effective hosting plans. Their Uptime is excellent. Their support is also good but is quite slow!

FR - March 15, 2017, 2:26 p.m.

Mohamed Ali
WhoIsHostingThis

Score: 90%

as a freelancer who used to make a lot of web hosting plan, Digital Ocean was usually a choice that a landed on for several times and here is why:
1- server up-time is 99.99, actually, I did not recoreded any downtime due to DNS or Network issues during my hosting
2- Real flexibility for changing up and down to meet your CPU, RAM, and Disk use. Actually, this is one of the top selleing features I found in both of digitalocean and Linode, on the other hand a website like Vultr will allow you to do that in only one direction, to increase your resources and go up but once you want to downgrade your sever you will be denied from doing that, this was one of the major reasons to leave vultr back to digitalocean.
3- Simplicity: they generated a neat and clean design that make you navigate with ease between all offered services. Cons: I know no one is perfect 100%, here is the bad news.

Digital ocean still offer rare support for your inquires, actually, it would be more realistic to say bad support versus linode who offers some kind of kind support. to be fair I have to mention that they have a huge and rich knoledgebase, but sometimes you need special support which you mostly will never receive from them claiming you are hosting unmange server, by the way, athough this is a review about digitalocean but I have to mention MyHosting.com as one of the best providers which will be always glad to offer you a kind support for all your issues, but unfortunately they do not have the flexibility I acquire with digitalocean.

EN - Aug. 30, 2018, 2:28 p.m.

Evrim Altay
WhoIsHostingThis

Score: 40%

It's good, I mean their servers works fine when they do. The speed is good and etc. But their automatic systems sometimes disables your system's network access.

So your server Can not connect to the internet, and all of your web sites are going down. They are doing it for security purposes, and I get it. They should, they should protect me, and themselves.

But after doing that, they should be Reachable! Right? If they are closing my server I should be able to reach them and get an answer Asap.

But no, It's not working like that. They are just disabling it and they are not replying any of your questions about it. Now all of my web-sites down for at least 15-16 hours and still there is no answer.

So If you are looking for any other reachable, qualified servers; please consider the other companies, Digital Ocean isn't ready for production. You can buy a cheap server and use it for testing purposes if you have 5 bucks to spare. Otherwise you may be regret for your choosing, so choose wisely :)

EN - April 1, 2018, 2:23 p.m.

Beth Anderson
hostadvice.com

Score: 100%

It's super easy to spin up a VPS. You get complete control of your server. It's perfect for deploying apps.

While AWS has its place, I'd say Digital Ocean is the way to go as it's simple and they offer excellent documentation, 

helpful technical support, and a strong community. These things make a real difference when things go wrong. The developer community is strong and active at Digital Ocean.

EN - Oct. 12, 2018, 1:37 p.m.

Michael B
hostadvice.com

Score: 100%

Been with DO for about 6 months now. Based on my experience I'd highly recommend DO if you're comfortable managing your own server. Their documentation is fantastic and easy to follow. No need to contact support; if you can read i

nstructions and follow them properly, you can set up your server and secure it in about 1 hour. I initially wasn't comfortable with Linux - after coming from a Windows environment - but now I'm comfortably hosting .NET Core applications.

Only issue I encountered so far was a little down time with my block storage volume, but I put in a support ticket and it was resolved promptly within about 4 hours.

EN - Oct. 7, 2018, 1:38 p.m.

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