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DigitalOcean vs OVH: 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 OVH? Dedicated infrastructure for your business. Hundreds of new servers are installed in our 12 datacenters everyday. For our clients, this guarantees bare-metal resources accessible in less than an hour, and the liberty to use it to rollout the software of their choice. The many functions available on our dedicated servers allow our clients to manage their infrastructure autonomously.

DigitalOcean can be classified as a tool in the "Cloud Hosting" category, while OVH is grouped under "Dedicated Cloud Hosting".

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, OVH provides the following key features:

  • Delivery of servers in less than an hour 24/7/365
  • Full user control
  • Guaranteed bandwidth

"Great value for money" is the primary reason why developers consider DigitalOcean over the competitors, whereas "Cost effective" was stated as the key factor in picking OVH.

DigitalOcean, Rocket.Chat, and Docplanner are some of the popular companies that use DigitalOcean, whereas OVH is used by Webedia, Flat, and Critizr. DigitalOcean has a broader approval, being mentioned in 943 company stacks & 687 developers stacks; compared to OVH, which is listed in 66 company stacks and 24 developer stacks.

Decisions about DigitalOcean and OVH

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
Pros of OVH
  • 560
    Great value for money
  • 364
    Simple dashboard
  • 362
    Good pricing
  • 300
  • 250
    Nice ui
  • 191
    Easy configuration
  • 156
    Great documentation
  • 138
    Ssh access
  • 135
    Great community
  • 24
  • 13
  • 12
    IPv6 support
  • 10
    Private networking
  • 8
    99.99% uptime SLA
  • 7
    Simple API
  • 7
    Great tutorials
  • 6
    55 Second Provisioning
  • 5
    One Click Applications
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • 3
    1Gb/sec Servers
  • 3
    Word Press
  • 3
  • 3
    Simple Control Panel
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2
    Runs CoreOS
  • 2
    Quick and no nonsense service
  • 2
  • 2
    Good Tutorials
  • 2
  • 2
    Ruby on Rails
  • 2
  • 2
    Hex Core machines with dedicated ECC Ram and RAID SSD s
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
    KVM Virtualization
  • 1
    Amazing Hardware
  • 1
    Transfer Globally
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
    FreeBSD Amp
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
    My go to server provider
  • 1
    Ease and simplicity
  • 1
  • 1
    Find it superfitting with my requirements (SSD, ssh.
  • 1
    Easy Setup
  • 1
  • 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
  • 0
    Variety of services
  • 0
    Managed Kubernetes
  • 57
    Cost effective
  • 34
    Dedicated Hardware
  • 29
    DDoS Protection
  • 27
    Unmetered Bandwidth
  • 9
  • 6
    SSH root access
  • 4
    Low cost
  • 4
    Fast delivery
  • 4
    Own network
  • 4
  • 4
  • 1
    Ip address fail over support

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Cons of DigitalOcean
Cons of OVH
  • 3
    No live support chat
  • 3
  • 2

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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 OVH?

OVHcloud is a global cloud provider that specialises in delivering industry-leading performance and cost-effective solutions to better manage, secure, and scale data. The group manages 30 data centres across 12 sites in 4 continents, man

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