DigitalOcean is an American cloud and hosting provider founded in 2011 and is headquartered in New York City, having its data centres all around the world. DigitalOcean provides cloud services that help to deployment and scaling of applications that run on multiple computers, at a time.
For hosting, DigitalOcean offers Virtual Servers or as they call it “Droplets”. Droplets come in 2 classes:
- Shared Droplets: Light-weight, burstable virtual servers that are also shared by other users. You can configure the amount of memory that you require depending on what you’re planning to host, but these are usually meant for simple applications such as blogs, forums, small databases. The standard droplets start from $5/mo and the price can increase depending on the amount of memory. You can select the location of the data center from the 12 different data center regions.
- Dedicated Droplets: Dedicated Droplets are meant for heavy-tasking as they can provide fast and consistent performance with 99.99% uptime. There are various sub-classes of Dedicated Droplets, General, CPU-Optimized, and Memory Optimized. All of these subclasses are meant for different tasks, depending on the memory available in each subclass, and all of these droplets are dedicated to you only and not shared by anyone. These are meant for heavy-tasks, providing fast and consistent performance on a regular basis.
The dedicated droplets start from $40/mo and the price can increase depending on the amount of memory and your droplet.
DigitalOcean offers 6 different Linux/GNU distributions which you can install on your droplets, and along with this it also offers many one-click applications, which can also be installed instantly. DigitalOcean gives the users flexibility and customizability to control every aspect of the droplet, even including the operating system so that you can run everything custom, as you like. DigitalOcean has the most-straightforward and easiest pricing model in the market and provides one of the best CPU performance.