What is DigitalOcean?
DigitalOcean infrastructure is based in the United States of America. Their headquarter operates from New York City, and their data centres are prevalent in every corner of the world in order to provide seamless cloud services across the globe.
Digitalocean is an infrastructure as a service provider. That means DigitalOcean makes it simple to launch in the cloud and scale up as you grow – with an intuitive control panel, predictable pricing, team accounts, and more.
The digital ocean will provide you with the actual cloud hardware which allows you to run your applications, databases, programming interfaces and more whatever you want to run on the cloud that is owned and maintained by a digital ocean but the digital ocean gives you full access to configure the server. basically allows you to do anything you want.
At the moment, DigitalOcean has 13 data centres at key locations that allow them to serve a significant chunk of global users. The following is the list of the currently operational data centres:
New York City, United States: NYC1, NYC2, NYC3
San Francisco, The US: SFO1, SFO2, SFO3
Toronto, Canada: TOR1
London, United Kingdom: LON1
Frankfurt, Germany: FRA1
Amsterdam, the Netherlands: AMS2, AMS3
Bangalore, India: BLR1
DigitalOcean Droplets are Linux-based virtual machines (VMs) that run on top of virtualized hardware.
When you create a droplet digital ocean would do is that it would somehow launch a computer only for you on the planet (virtualization). once it gets that computer for you it will give you an IP address for that computer which can be used to reach out to the particular computer over the internet.
DigitalOcean vs others
Similar alternatives like the digital ocean exist, Google cloud platform, AWS which is very popular, Heroku and Vultr etc.
Cloud hosting providers work in the same way expose you to the same features and all other stuff but there are some differences between one another. we will discuss here some of the highlights from our experience.
AWS and other cloud providers have a lot more features than the digital ocean. Digital ocean sells itself as an infrastructure as a service and what you would expect is that you will set up your self but a lot of times it is very handy when services like digital ocean spaces whose equivalent is s3 on AWS and AWS simple email service. AWS and Google cloud offers a lot of services that's one point in favour of other cloud provides however digital ocean is keeps its list of features short and the most used one. In AWS and other cloud providers so many features probably not going to use 95% of the features. for example media services if you are not into the video business.
If you are a beginner digital ocean allows you to basically have a very clean and sleek interface for everything. and in a few steps, you can start with complicated features like launching your own server on the cloud
And the most about the digital ocean is simple, predictable pricing. Always know what you'll pay with monthly caps and flat pricing across all data centres. It is a nightmare to calculate pricing in AWS. on the digital ocean it's pretty straightforward it’s a $5/ month instance you get a 1GB ram (shared) 25GB SSD and 1TB transfer for free. It’s sufficient for your personal blog which gets 2.5 to 3 thousand visitors a month.
We are using the digital ocean couple of years. we don’t have a lot of quality problems with the digital ocean.