DigitalOcean vs Microsoft Azure

Get Advice Icon

Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

DigitalOcean
DigitalOcean

6.3K
3.8K
+ 1
2.6K
Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure

6.7K
2.4K
+ 1
728
Add tool

DigitalOcean vs Microsoft Azure: What are the differences?

Developers describe DigitalOcean as "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. On the other hand, Microsoft Azure is detailed as "Integrated cloud services and infrastructure to support computing, database, analytics, mobile, and web scenarios". 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.

DigitalOcean and Microsoft Azure can be categorized 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’ll credit you based on the amount of time that service was unavailable.

On the other hand, Microsoft Azure provides the following key features:

  • Use your OS, language, database, tool
  • Global datacenter footprint
  • Enterprise Grade with up to a 99.95% monthly SLA

"Great value for money", "Simple dashboard" and "Good pricing" are the key factors why developers consider DigitalOcean; whereas "Scales well and quite easy", "Can use .Net or open source tools" and "Startup friendly" are the primary reasons why Microsoft Azure is favored.

DigitalOcean, Techstars, and BRIKA are some of the popular companies that use DigitalOcean, whereas Microsoft Azure is used by Microsoft, Starbucks, and SlidePay. DigitalOcean has a broader approval, being mentioned in 936 company stacks & 674 developers stacks; compared to Microsoft Azure, which is listed in 489 company stacks and 463 developer stacks.

- No public GitHub repository available -
- No public GitHub repository available -

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 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.
Get Advice Icon

Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

Why do developers choose DigitalOcean?
Why do developers choose Microsoft Azure?

Sign up to add, upvote and see more prosMake informed product decisions

What are the cons of using DigitalOcean?
What are the cons of using Microsoft Azure?
What companies use DigitalOcean?
What companies use Microsoft Azure?

Sign up to get full access to all the companiesMake informed product decisions

What tools integrate with DigitalOcean?
What tools integrate with Microsoft Azure?

Sign up to get full access to all the tool integrationsMake informed product decisions

What are some alternatives to DigitalOcean and Microsoft Azure?
Linode
Get a server running in minutes with your choice of Linux distro, resources, and node location.
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.
Amazon EC2
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) 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.
See all alternatives
Decisions about DigitalOcean and Microsoft Azure
No stack decisions found
Interest over time
Reviews of DigitalOcean and Microsoft Azure
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.

Avatar of IanEdington
Business Analyst
Review ofMicrosoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

Windows Azure is more difficult to configure than some other cloud based technologies, however, it makes up for it with the incredible integrations and ease of development on mobile platforms (Android, iOS and of course Windows Phone).

The Azure Web Sites is a PaaS that is very easy to setup and is pretty powerful.

If you want VMs you can have them and even program when they come online.

There are tons of ways to use this service and there are a lot of free things you can get in order to try it out. The only downside is that you have to learn a new, although very powerful, platform.

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 :-)

Avatar of samuelpolat
Logbook
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.

How developers use DigitalOcean and Microsoft Azure
Avatar of MOKA Analytics
MOKA Analytics uses Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

We use Microsoft Azure because many of our clients are already Azure for their private cloud. Additionally, Azure supports App Service Environments (ASE), which isolates the application resources and gives us a static IP for securely accessing external resources

Additionally, MSSQL supports columnstore tables which is critical for running fast analytics over large datasets

Avatar of Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
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.

Avatar of Cyrus Stoller
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.

Avatar of Daniel Kovacs
Daniel Kovacs uses Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

My favourite cloud with all the great tools - web apps, mobile apps, storages, easy tables, blobs, app insights, cosmos DB... I think it is really usable and ergonomic. Plus point for mobile app.

Avatar of PSESD
PSESD uses Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

We currently host PRS and EARS on Azure as they are .Net apps, but we are currently porting these services to Scala and will be hosting them on Heroku with the other P2 SRX services.

Avatar of Onezino Gabriel
Onezino Gabriel uses Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

Serviço utilizado para deploy de toda a infraestrutura do projeto. Colocamos todas as peças do serviço no azure, garantindo uma forma rápida e garantia de escalibilidade.

Avatar of Chris Saylor
Chris Saylor uses DigitalOceanDigitalOcean

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

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

Avatar of Sean Long
Sean Long uses Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

Blackbaud makes use of Azure and my current job is with Blackbaud. Therefore, due to the free credit and the ability to reuse tools, I rely on Azure quite a bit.

Avatar of ahamilton9
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.

Avatar of Alexis Tyler
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.

How much does DigitalOcean cost?
How much does Microsoft Azure cost?