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Decisions about Amazon EC2, DigitalOcean, and Linode

Chose Hetnzer over DigitalOcean and Linode because Hetzner provides much cheaper VPS with much better specs. DigitalOcean might seems like a good choice at first because of how popular it is. But in reality, if all you need is a simple VPS, you won't benefit much from the their oversubscribed datacenters which often underperform other competitors. Linode is also a good choice. They have cheaper options and performs slightly better than DigitalOcean. In the end, choosing a more affordable host helps you save money. That's important when you're running a tight ship.

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Peter Schmalfeldt
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While Media Temple is more expensive than DigitalOcean, sometimes it is like comparing apples and oranges. DigitalOcean provides what is called Virtual Private Servers ( VPS ). While you seem to be on your own dedicated server, you are, in fact, sharing the same hardware with others.

If you need to be on your own dedicated server, or have other hardware requirements, you do not really have as many options with DigitalOcean. But with Media Temple, the skies the limit ( but so is potentially the cost ).

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DigitalOcean was where I began; its USD5/month is extremely competitive and the overall experience as highly user-friendly.

However, their offerings were lacking and integrating with other resources I had on AWS was getting more costly (due to transfer costs on AWS). Eventually I moved the entire project off DO's Droplets and onto AWS's EC2.

One may initially find the cost (w/o free tier) and interface of AWS daunting however with good planning you can achieve highly cost-efficient systems with savings plans, spot instances, etcetera.

Do not dive into AWS head-first! Seriously, don't. Stand back and read pricing documentation thoroughly. You can, not to the fault of AWS, easily go way overbudget. Your first action upon getting your AWS account should be to set up billing alarms for estimated and current bill totals.

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Pros of Amazon EC2
Pros of DigitalOcean
Pros of Linode
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    Quick and reliable cloud servers
  • 515
    Scalability
  • 391
    Easy management
  • 276
    Low cost
  • 269
    Auto-scaling
  • 88
    Market leader
  • 80
    Backed by amazon
  • 78
    Reliable
  • 66
    Free tier
  • 57
    Easy management, scalability
  • 12
    Flexible
  • 10
    Easy to Start
  • 9
    Web-scale
  • 8
    Widely used
  • 8
    Elastic
  • 7
    Node.js API
  • 4
    Industry Standard
  • 3
    Lots of configuration options
  • 2
    GPU instances
  • 1
    Amazing for individuals
  • 1
    Extremely simple to use
  • 1
    All the Open Source CLI tools you could want.
  • 1
    Simpler to understand and learn
  • 557
    Great value for money
  • 363
    Simple dashboard
  • 355
    Good pricing
  • 300
    Ssds
  • 248
    Nice ui
  • 192
    Easy configuration
  • 155
    Great documentation
  • 137
    Ssh access
  • 134
    Great community
  • 26
    Ubuntu
  • 12
    IPv6 support
  • 12
    Docker
  • 10
    Private networking
  • 7
    Great tutorials
  • 7
    Simple API
  • 7
    99.99% uptime SLA
  • 6
    55 Second Provisioning
  • 5
    One Click Applications
  • 4
    Node.js
  • 4
    CoreOS
  • 4
    LAMP
  • 4
    Dokku
  • 4
    Debian
  • 3
    Ghost
  • 3
    1Gb/sec Servers
  • 3
    Simple Control Panel
  • 3
    LEMP
  • 3
    Word Press
  • 2
    Runs CoreOS
  • 2
    Mean
  • 2
    Speed
  • 2
    GitLab
  • 2
    Django
  • 2
    Quick and no nonsense service
  • 2
    Good Tutorials
  • 2
    Ruby on Rails
  • 2
    Hex Core machines with dedicated ECC Ram and RAID SSD s
  • 1
    Spaces
  • 1
    My go to server provider
  • 1
    Ease and simplicity
  • 1
    Nice
  • 1
    Find it superfitting with my requirements (SSD, ssh.
  • 1
    Easy Setup
  • 1
    Transfer Globally
  • 1
    Drupal
  • 1
    FreeBSD Amp
  • 1
    Amazing Hardware
  • 1
    Magento
  • 1
    KVM Virtualization
  • 1
    ownCloud
  • 1
    RedMine
  • 1
    CentOS
  • 1
    Fedora
  • 1
    FreeBSD
  • 1
    Cheap
  • 1
    Static IP
  • 1
    It's the easiest to get started for small projects
  • 1
    Automatic Backup
  • 1
    Great support
  • 1
    Quick and easy to set up
  • 1
    Servers on demand - literally
  • 1
    Reliability
  • 0
    Variety of services
  • 0
    Managed Kubernetes
  • 100
    Extremely reliable
  • 70
    Good value
  • 59
    Easy to configure
  • 58
    Great customer support
  • 35
    Great documentation
  • 24
    Servers across the world
  • 18
    Managed/hosted DNS service
  • 14
    Simple ui
  • 11
    Network and CPU usage graphs
  • 7
    IPv6 support
  • 5
    Multiple IP address support
  • 3
    Ssh access
  • 2
    Good price, good cusomter sevice
  • 2
    IP address fail over support
  • 2
    SSH root access
  • 1
    Latest kernels
  • 1
    It runs apps with speed
  • 1
    Cheapest
  • 1
    Ssds
  • 1
    Great performance compared to EC2 or DO

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Cons of Amazon EC2
Cons of DigitalOcean
Cons of Linode
  • 13
    Ui could use a lot of work
  • 6
    High learning curve when compared to PaaS
  • 3
    Extremely poor CPU performance
  • 2
    Pricing
  • 2
    No live support chat
  • 2
    No "floating IP" support

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What is Amazon EC2?

It is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.

What is DigitalOcean?

We take the complexities out of cloud hosting by offering blazing fast, on-demand SSD cloud servers, straightforward pricing, a simple API, and an easy-to-use control panel.

What is Linode?

Get a server running in minutes with your choice of Linux distro, resources, and node location.

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What are some alternatives to Amazon EC2, DigitalOcean, and Linode?
Amazon LightSail
Everything you need to jumpstart your project on AWS鈥攃ompute, storage, and networking鈥攆or a low, predictable price. Launch a virtual private server with just a few clicks.
Amazon S3
Amazon Simple Storage Service provides a fully redundant data storage infrastructure for storing and retrieving any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web
Amazon EC2 Container Service
Amazon EC2 Container Service lets you launch and stop container-enabled applications with simple API calls, allows you to query the state of your cluster from a centralized service, and gives you access to many familiar Amazon EC2 features like security groups, EBS volumes and IAM roles.
Beanstalk
A single process to commit code, review with the team, and deploy the final result to your customers.
Microsoft Azure
Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.
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