DigitalOcean vs Linode vs Scaleway

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Decisions about DigitalOcean, Linode, and Scaleway

Albeit restricted to only a few places worlwide compared to its peers in the cloud segment, I am yet to find another provider capable of delivering a score over 5000 (Geekbench) in a benchmark on a single CPU machine, and each machine costs $6 a month. For homelab and experienced users who don't need DBaaS or IaaC's, it's a pretty straightforward choice. A more comprehensive review of Vultr's HF machines can be found here.

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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 DigitalOcean
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    Great value for money
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    Simple dashboard
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    Good pricing
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    Ssds
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    Nice ui
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    Easy configuration
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    Great documentation
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    Ssh access
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    Great community
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    Ubuntu
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    Docker
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    IPv6 support
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    Private networking
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    99.99% uptime SLA
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    Simple API
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    Great tutorials
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    55 Second Provisioning
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    One Click Applications
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    Dokku
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    Node.js
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    Debian
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    CoreOS
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    LAMP
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    LEMP
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    Ghost
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    Simple Control Panel
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    Word Press
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    1Gb/sec Servers
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    Quick and no nonsense service
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    Speed
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    Mean
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    Hex Core machines with dedicated ECC Ram and RAID SSD s
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    Django
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    Runs CoreOS
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    Good Tutorials
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    GitLab
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    Ruby on Rails
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    CentOS
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    Spaces
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    KVM Virtualization
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    Amazing Hardware
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    Transfer Globally
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    Fedora
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    FreeBSD
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    Drupal
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    FreeBSD Amp
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    Magento
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    ownCloud
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    RedMine
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    My go to server provider
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    Ease and simplicity
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    Nice
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    Find it superfitting with my requirements (SSD, ssh.
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    Easy Setup
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    Cheap
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    Static IP
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    It's the easiest to get started for small projects
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    Automatic Backup
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    Great support
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    Quick and easy to set up
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    Servers on demand - literally
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    Reliability
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    Variety of services
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    Managed Kubernetes
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    Extremely reliable
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    Good value
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    Great customer support
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    Easy to configure
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    Great documentation
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    Servers across the world
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    Managed/hosted DNS service
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    Simple ui
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    Network and CPU usage graphs
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    IPv6 support
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    Multiple IP address support
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    Ssh access
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    Good price, good cusomter sevice
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    IP address fail over support
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    SSH root access
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    Great performance compared to EC2 or DO
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    It runs apps with speed
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    Best customizable VPS
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    Latest kernels
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    Cheapest
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    Ssds
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    Scalable
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    Dedicated
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    Cost effective
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    Bare-metal
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    Open source
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    Arm architecture
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    Simple billing
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    Isolation
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    Security
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    Power
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    Cheap
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    CentOS
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    Ubuntu
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    Additional SSD storage in demand
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    Static IP
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    Good at min money
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    OpenVPN
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    S3 compatible object storage
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    SSH access
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    Simple UI
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    IPV6
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    Local Networking
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    Imagehub
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    Reserve IP
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    Image Snapshots
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    Debian
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    Gentoo
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    Linux
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    Fedora
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    OpenSUSE
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    Arch Linux
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    Alpine Linux
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    Unmetered
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    Terraform integration

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Cons of DigitalOcean
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    Pricing
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    No live support chat
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    No "floating IP" support
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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.

    What is Scaleway?

    European cloud computing company proposing a complete & simple public cloud ecosystem, bare-metal servers & private datacenter infrastructures.

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    What are some alternatives to DigitalOcean, Linode, and Scaleway?
    Vultr
    Strategically located in 16 datacenters around the globe and provides frictionless provisioning of public cloud, storage and single-tenant bare metal.
    Heroku
    Heroku is a cloud application platform – 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.
    Bitnami
    Our library provides trusted virtual machines for every major development stack and open source server application, ready to run in your infrastructure.
    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.
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