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DigitalOcean vs Linode: What are the differences?

What is DigitalOcean? Deploy an SSD cloud server in less than 55 seconds with a dedicated IP and root access. 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? Deploy and Manage Linux Virtual Servers in the Linode Cloud. Get a server running in minutes with your choice of Linux distro, resources, and node location.

DigitalOcean and Linode can be primarily classified as "Cloud Hosting" tools.

Some of the features offered by DigitalOcean are:

  • We provide all of our users with high-performance SSD Hard Drives, flexible API, and the ability to select to nearest data center location.
  • SSD Cloud Servers in 55 Seconds
  • We provide a 99.99% uptime SLA around network, power and virtual server availability. If we fail to deliver, we‚Äôll credit you based on the amount of time that service was unavailable.

On the other hand, Linode provides the following key features:

  • Deploy multiple Linux distributions
  • Create Configuration Profiles which associate disk images and device nodes
  • Boot between configuration profiles

"Great value for money", "Simple dashboard" and "Good pricing" are the key factors why developers consider DigitalOcean; whereas "Extremely reliable", "Good value" and "Easy to configure" are the primary reasons why Linode is favored.

DigitalOcean, BlaBlaCar, and Accenture are some of the popular companies that use DigitalOcean, whereas Linode is used by Accenture, PlayCanvas, and eTobb. DigitalOcean has a broader approval, being mentioned in 943 company stacks & 686 developers stacks; compared to Linode, which is listed in 130 company stacks and 38 developer stacks.

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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 DigitalOcean and Linode?
Strategically located in 16 datacenters around the globe and provides frictionless provisioning of public cloud, storage and single-tenant bare metal.
Heroku is a cloud application platform ‚Äď a new way of building and deploying web apps. Heroku lets app developers spend 100% of their time on their application code, not managing servers, deployment, ongoing operations, or scaling.
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.
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.
Google Compute Engine
Google Compute Engine is a service that provides virtual machines that run on Google infrastructure. Google Compute Engine offers scale, performance, and value that allows you to easily launch large compute clusters on Google's infrastructure. There are no upfront investments and you can run up to thousands of virtual CPUs on a system that has been designed from the ground up to be fast, and to offer strong consistency of performance.
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Craig Buchanan
Craig Buchanan
Founder/CEO at AppAttack · | 13 upvotes · 52.6K views

I use DigitalOcean because of the simplicity of using their basic offerings, such as droplets. In AppAttack, we need low-level control of our infrastructure so we can rapidly deploy a custom training web application on-demand for each training session, and building a Kubernetes cluster on top of DigitalOcean droplets allowed us to do exactly that.


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Reviews of DigitalOcean and Linode
Review ofDigitalOceanDigitalOcean

I started using DigitalOcean back in January to host a Ghost blog. I was a little worried at first because I didn't have too much experience setting up servers. There was always the option of a full service company that does all the work for you, but the point was that I wanted more control for the purpose of learning. And, learning turned out to be really easy thanks to the great community at DigitalOcean. There are tutorials for just about anything. It has been an amazing learning experience, and now I'm looking forward to hosting more complex projects here. I already have a couple in the works for the near future. I highly recommend it.

I can't rate the Support great or bad, as I haven't really had a need to contact them yet. But everything else has been excellent so far.

Review ofDigitalOceanDigitalOcean

I am a freelancer and a researcher. I have had tried a lot of hosting services over the years. But DIgitalOcean stands out from the rest for its pricing. Its just five dollar a month for a basic node.

And the other reason for loving Digital Ocean is that they support Docker. It you buy a VPS machine, chances are that docker support wont be available as with PV or hypervisor, docker need some extra config.

So far I am loving DO :-)

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Review ofDigitalOceanDigitalOcean

I use DigitalOcean for testing or hosting my apps. You can set up an Ubuntu server in less than a minute. There are also one-click-install apps, so I don't have to install e.g. the LAMP stack myself. The dashboard has a really easy UI and is easy to use. The costs begin at 5 bucks per month. Also DigitalOcean has a great support and an adorable community. They have a great support page with hundreds of tutorials.

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Review ofLinodeLinode

My primary OS is LINUX, Linode gives me everything I need in hosting service.

Enough RAM for the price, high speed network and CPUs.

How developers use DigitalOcean and Linode
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Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses DigitalOceanDigitalOcean

DigitalOcean offers us everything we need to test out specific scenarios or we expect from small-servers like our monitoring-system. We also use digital-ocean in long-term and are very satisfied with their performance and scalability.

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Cyrus Stoller uses DigitalOceanDigitalOcean

Because I like having more control of my deployment, I am currently hosting this on DigitalOcean. I don't need to worry about arbitrary row limits and I can be sure that the app is always running.

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Chris Saylor uses DigitalOceanDigitalOcean

We use DigitalOcean to host our build tools (namely for a cheap CI and CD server.

We'll be using this to host the server application during alpha phase.

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ahamilton9 uses DigitalOceanDigitalOcean

Been hosting with them for a while now. Never had an issue, great support, great docs: can't beat 'em. Though I'd probably move to AWS for large scale projects.

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Alexis Tyler uses DigitalOceanDigitalOcean

DigitalOcean is the backbone for the whole stack. Without its cheap pricing and easy scalability this whole project wouldn't be possible.

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Simon Bernier uses LinodeLinode

One production linode, and a staging linode that I turn on when I need it.

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Val Neekman uses LinodeLinode

Linode is used for load balancer, web server, database server etc.

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4 All Digital ltd uses LinodeLinode

Linux images for hosting docker

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TOMIS uses LinodeLinode

Hardware for our servers

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dotmos uses LinodeLinode

Hosts our HTTP servers.

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