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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 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.

What is Rackspace Cloud Servers?

Cloud Servers is based on OpenStack, the open and scalable operating system for building public and private clouds. With the open cloud, you get reliable cloud hosting, without locking your data into one proprietary platform.
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    What are some alternatives to DigitalOcean, Microsoft Azure, and Rackspace Cloud Servers?
    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.
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    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.

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    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 :-)

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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 ofRackspace Cloud ServersRackspace Cloud Servers

    Rackspace plays nice with Windows Server 2013. It is the most customizable platform I have worked with so far and the closest to running a private server. The dev tools are great and if you want to work in a familiar environment with as much customizability as you want this is the right server for you.

    How developers use DigitalOcean, Microsoft Azure, and Rackspace Cloud Servers
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    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

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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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    Refractal uses Rackspace Cloud ServersRackspace Cloud Servers

    For our cloud infrastructure, I cannot recommend Rackspace higher. They have consistently knocked it out of the park for us, especially in terms of direct support and help even beyond the call of duty.

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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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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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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    Yaakov Belch uses Rackspace Cloud ServersRackspace Cloud Servers

    I used Rackspace virtual machines for all my dynamic web applications until switching to Digital ocean. I still like and recommend Rackspace.

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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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    Blue Shell Games uses Rackspace Cloud ServersRackspace Cloud Servers

    Our hosting partner for four years running. Rackspace continually evolves to meet their customers' needs.

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    Publitory uses Rackspace Cloud ServersRackspace Cloud Servers

    Content is distributed via Rackspace CDN for faster file access

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    Aspire uses Rackspace Cloud ServersRackspace Cloud Servers

    Cloud host for our platform and public-facing sites.

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