How to rate DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean may be younger and smaller than the deep-pocketed industry giants. However, this leaves them running for their money. In less than five years, the New York-based startup has become the most popular cloud hosting company among developers. Back in December 2013, Netcraft reported that DigitalOcean overtook Amazon as the fastest growing cloud provider. That’s certainly not an easy task for a startup that’s less than two years old. A recent report from Netcraft stated that DigitalOcean is officially the second largest hosting company in the world. It is in an enviable position that many infrastructure companies would like to enter. Click on DigitalOcean to view the quotation plan

How to rate DigitalOcean

Reasons to consider DigitalOcean:

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1) Simple UI and minimalistic approach

A console from a popular cloud provider that puts you in the cockpit of a Boeing 747. There are just too many knobs, dials, switches and levers to deal with. The AWS Management Console was once simple. With more and more services and features, it becomes too bloated and sluggish. Azure’s management portal has opted for attention over functionality. It mimics the touch interface of apps commonly found in tablets. The Google Developer Console is better than both, but could be simplified even further.

DigitalOcean’s user interface is very simple and minimalistic. There are just enough links and buttons to give you access to the available functions. That doesn’t mean the platform lacks features. It really has everything you need to deploy and manage scalable web applications. Competitors may counter that argument, saying it’s not ready for business. But DigitalOcean is a powerful platform for running mainstream open source workloads. It may not support features like VPN and peering, but it provides enough features that developers expect. I know that many web and digital agencies are recommending DigitalOcean to host public websites for their clients.

For automation and integration with 3rd party tools, DigitalOcean exposes a simple and minimalistic API. After generating an API token, developers can use standard HTTP tools, including curl, to call the API. From the latest Go language to classic PHP, the platform provides native SDKs and libraries that developers expect.

2) Features and performance

DigitalOcean’s simplicity doesn’t come at the expense of performance. It was one of the first companies in the industry to offer SSD-based virtual machines. It offered IPV6 long before established cloud providers started talking about it. Droplets (the nickname DigitalOcean uses for their VMs) have the best startup times. The only IaaS that comes close to it is Google Compute Engine. It delivers droplets at a lightning speed of 55 seconds. Cloud servers are built on powerful Hex core machines with dedicated ECC Ram and RAID SSD storage. In specific regions, it provides a private network for virtual machines running database clusters and distributed systems.

DigitalOcean has more than 6 data centers in North America, Europe, and Asia, and has a large footprint.

3) Comprehensive Documentation

Personally, I’m a huge fan of the Documentation section of DigitalOcean. It is one of the most complete and extensive collections of tutorials, how-tos, and walkthroughs.

From setting up a simple LAMP stack to deploying a complex Kubernetes cluster, DigitalOcean’s documentation covers it all. The best part is that these tutorials are useful for developers working on any cloud platform. Next time you want to learn cutting edge open source technology, check out DigitalOcean’s documentation.

The secret behind rich documentation is a unique approach to crowdsourcing content. DigitalOcean expects the community to drive documentation efforts. While many companies outsource documentation to technical writers and professional agencies, DigitalOcean is more transparent about it. It has a section on its website where subject matter experts are invited to contribute to the documentation. Depending on the depth of the content, compensation ranges from $50 to $200.

4) Affordable price

DigitalOcean wins in the pricing structure section. At $5 per month, it is not only the most affordable, but also has a simple and understandable structure. There are no complicated calculators that can keep you guessing about your usage. Developers can get started for as little as $5. Hourly and monthly payment options make early stage startups more affordable and predictable. In fact, all drops are billed hourly, up to a monthly cap, meaning there won’t be any surprises on your credit card statement.

5) Community and Ecosystem Support

There is a huge community around DigitalOcean. From contributing documentation to responding to questions in the forum, the community plays an important role in its success.

It was one of the first platforms to be powered by cutting-edge technology. You can launch anything on DigitalOcean, from CoreOS to the latest version of Docker Swarm. Docker Machine supports launching pre-configured Docker hosts on it, while HashiCorp’s Vagrant, Packer, and Atlas support DigitalOcean. Bitnami is an open source marketplace with over 100 devices ready to launch on DigitalOcean.

If you don’t plan to deploy and run SAP or Microsoft SQL Server in the cloud, you may want to evaluate DigitalOcean. It’s cheap, fast, easy, and great value for money. Read more: DigitalOcean Offer Solutions

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