Compared to Amazon Web Services, DigitalOcean seems to be very incomplete. DigitalOcean, until a few months ago only provided droplets, SSH key management, and DNS management. At the time of writing this, DigitalOcean has very recently launched an additional block storage service. The advantages of DigitalOcean compared to many competitors are:

  • Lower prices than AWS
  • Very easy APIs
  • Very well documented APIs
  • The droplets are very similar to standard virtual machines (they don't do weird customization)
  • The droplets are very quick to go up and down
  • Since DigitalOcean has a very simple networking stack, it's way more efficient than the AWS one


Droplets are the main service offered by DigitalOcean and are compute instances which are very ...

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