Specialists in unmanaged VPSs for developers.
Pay by the hour or monthly. Data centres in the US, Europe and Asia. All plans come with SSDs.
Excellent help section with an active community. How to guides covering all aspects of running and maintaining your own server.
Digital Ocean haven't been around for very long, but have seen incredible growth in a short amount of time to become one of the leading VPS providers.
Despite the lower than industry average prices, the service is feature packed and puts the users in total control of their hosting environment.
Digital Ocean do only one thing: unmanaged VPS.
Although they do not offer managed services, support is responsive, available via the community, and they have a huge knowledgebase of articles making it easy for developers to get things done for themselves.
Some of the current features include:
- Choice of operating systems
- Pay by the hour/monthly
- Choice of location: UK, USA, Netherlands, Singapore
- Choice of pre-configured server application environments: LAMP, LEMP, MEAN etc.
- Ability to clone server images, instant backup and restoration of backups
- API access
- All plans come with solid state drives (SSD)
The feature list makes it possible for developers to build a powerful, cloud based hosting environment that can be scaled up or down at will. Hourly billing ensures that costs are kept as low as possible.
The low prices and developer friendliness also makes Digital Ocean a popular training environment as servers can be wiped, re-imaged and booted in seconds.
Starting from $5 a month for 512 MB Memory, 1 Core Processor, 20 GB SSD Disk. Going all the way up to: $640 a month for 64 GB Memory, 20 Core Processor, 640 GB SSD Disk.