The industry-leading cloud hosting provider DigitalOcean announced several new price offerings at the beginning of 2018. In particular, the company is upgrading the Droplet plans with more CPUs, RAM and SSD storage while the prices holding constant.
Who is DigitalOcean?
Founded in 2012, DigitalOcean (www.digitalocean.com) is an IaaS company focusing on helping developers and businesses deploy and scale any applications in the cloud easily and quickly. Due to the extremely simplified end-user experience, developers can be released from infrastructure management and spend more time building features. Up till now, DigitalOcean has provided 78 million Droplet instances for more than 1 million registered developers from 195 countries worldwide.
What’s New in Updated Droplet Plans?
DigitalOcean has different classes of Droplet plans for customers to build their applications or websites. Each of these plans has its own benefits so as to meet different needs from small side projects to large businesses.
With the goal of getting blogs, web applications and database off the ground, Standard Droplet plans come with a healthy balance of CPU, memory and SSD storage.
The updated Standard Droplet has increased from 9 to 14 plans, along with more resources added to the same or a lower price. For example, DigitalOcean has introduced a flexible Droplet plan priced at $15/mo. The plan comes with three sets of memory and CPU combinations, giving developers great flexibility.
Optimized Droplet plans are specifically developed for compute-intensive workloads such as CI/CD and batch processing. Actually, they used to be named as High CPU Droplet plans.
Powered by dedicated hyper-threads from Broadwell and Skylake CPUs, the Optimized Droplets have been upgraded with more RAM and local SSD disk while remaining the same price level.
Removed High Memory Droplets
Given the upgrades made to Standard Droplet plans, DigitalOcean decided to deprecate High Memory Plans, which came with ample amounts of RAM and SSD storage at quite competitive price points.
What Makes DigitalOcean the Best Cloud Hosting?
Our “Best Cloud Hosting 2018” award goes to DigitalOcean, again. The company keeps coming out with new and exciting products during these years, like Server Monitoring and Load Balancers, and flexibility also has become a key feature behind DigitalOcean’s success. Besides, DigitalOcean stands out from the crowded cloud hosting market for reasons.
Advanced Features & Tools
DigitalOcean wins hand down in the feature offerings section.
DigitalOcean currently supports six operating systems, including Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora, CoreOS, Debian and FreeBSD. It’s easy to find that most operating systems supported are built on Linux. What’s more, the deployment of an operating system is extremely simple. Just with one click, customers can have it deployed to an SSD cloud server and get it running in 55 seconds.
DigitalOcean offers a set of pre-built open source images, such as Docker, LAMP, LEMP, MySQL, MongoDB, and Node.js, that help customers skip the install and configuration process.
The Block Storage is a highly available and scalable SSD-based service. It can be attached to the Droplet to suit customers’ database, file storage, application, mobile and backup needs, while ensuring their data is encrypted at rest and transmitted to the Droplet over isolated networks.
Similar to a Droplet, the Load Balancers are highly available and fully managed. They distribute incoming traffic across the infrastructure to increase the application’s availability.
DigitalOcean enables for deploying multiple Droplets with a few clicks within its control panel or from the command line via its API. There are also IPv6 and full DNS management supported.
Secure & Reliable
DigitalOcean operates at 8 datacenters around the world, enabling customers to choose the one closest to their initial user base. Additionally, the company is utilizing 40GbE network connectivity for speed and throughput. It also takes advantage of enterprise-grade SSD technology to increase storage performance and enterprise-grade KVM hypervisors to improve network performance and security.
Particularly for security purpose, DigitalOcean ensures both physical security and environmental controls have been well-equipped with the datacenters to secure its infrastructure from physical threat or impact. Meanwhile, the Security team at DigitalOcean also benefit from monitoring and analytics capabilities in terms of identifying potentially malicious activity within its infrastructure. Furthermore, the company uses NAS/SAN servers to store snapshots and backups on an internal network that is invisible to the public and customers are allowed to control where their data resides within the datacenters for security and compliance purposes.
It’s not surprising that DigitalOcean offers a 99.99% uptime SLA, promising to give compensation for the amount of time if it fails to deliver the service.
DigitalOcean understands that price-to-performance is a crucial consideration for customers when choosing where to host their applications. Though the company upgrades resources across the plans, it never tries to raise prices.
Starting at $5 per month, customers can receive 1GB of RAM, 1 vCPU, 25GB of SSD storage, and 1TB monthly transfer.
For an optimized Droplet, the minimum price is set at $40 per month. Upon purchase, customers can get a server with 4GB of RAM, 2 vCPUs, 25GB of SSD storage, and 5TB monthly transfer.
As well, the choice of hourly and monthly payment makes DigitalOcean more affordable and predictable for early stage startups. Surprisingly, the company also says that per-second billing is coming soon.
Powerful Community Support
The company takes pride in providing instantly available 24/7/365 best-in-class technical support to all customers. Just open a support ticket and customers can get quick response and efficient solution to their question.
More importantly, DigitalOcean is famous for the enormous community around it. The company self-developed the platform with the aim to give customers an accessible, easy-to-use knowledgebase that contains useful information for helping them successfully maneuver and set up their server. DigitalOcean Community is comprised of a Q&A section, the tutorial collection, in addition to all of the integrations built on the DigitalOcean API.
Interestingly, customers can contribute to the community in many ways, including writing an article for the DigitalOcean knowledgebase, answering user questions in the FAQ, etc.
As always, DigitalOcean allows customers to switch to the newly launched Droplet through the administration panel. If you’re already a DigitalOcean customer, we strongly recommend you to take advantage of those pricing changes.
For more information about DigitalOcean, you can visit www.digitalocean.com to find out.