DigitalOcean vs Rackspace Cloud Servers

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DigitalOcean vs Rackspace Cloud Servers: 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 Rackspace Cloud Servers? Powerful Linux and Windows servers in minutes. 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.

DigitalOcean and Rackspace Cloud Servers belong to "Cloud Hosting" category of the tech stack.

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, Rackspace Cloud Servers provides the following key features:

  • 100% power and network uptime guarantee
  • Cloud choice- We run the world’s largest open cloud, giving you flexibility, choice, and no vendor lock-in. That means your workloads are portable. Host them with any open cloud vendor—or even in your own data center.
  • Technical expertise- We employ more Red Hat® Certified Engineers than any other hosting company. And over 100 Rackspace employees have earned the title of Microsoft® Certified Professional.

"Great value for money" is the top reason why over 558 developers like DigitalOcean, while over 41 developers mention "Quick and reliable cloud servers" as the leading cause for choosing Rackspace Cloud Servers.

DigitalOcean, BlaBlaCar, and Accenture are some of the popular companies that use DigitalOcean, whereas Rackspace Cloud Servers is used by Bukalapak, Zendesk, and Mailgun. DigitalOcean has a broader approval, being mentioned in 943 company stacks & 686 developers stacks; compared to Rackspace Cloud Servers, which is listed in 109 company stacks and 24 developer stacks.

Decisions about DigitalOcean and Rackspace Cloud Servers

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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Most bioinformatics shops nowadays are hosting on AWS or Azure, since they have HIPAA tiers and offer enterprise SLA contracts. Meanwhile Heroku hasn't historically supported HIPAA. Rackspace and Google Cloud would be other hosting providers we would consider, but we just don't get requests for them. So, we mostly focus on AWS and Azure support.

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Pros of DigitalOcean
Pros of Rackspace Cloud Servers
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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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    LAMP
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    CoreOS
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    Node.js
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    Debian
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    LEMP
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    Word Press
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    1Gb/sec Servers
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    Simple Control Panel
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    Ghost
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    Mean
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    Quick and no nonsense service
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    Django
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    Runs CoreOS
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    Good Tutorials
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    Ruby on Rails
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    GitLab
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    Speed
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    Hex Core machines with dedicated ECC Ram and RAID SSD s
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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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    Quick and reliable cloud servers
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    Great customer support
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    SSDs
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    Uses OpenStack
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    Windows server 2012 possible
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    Easy integration with Github
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    Ubuntu
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    Ssh access

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    Pricing
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    No live support chat
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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 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 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.
    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.
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