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DigitalOcean vs Google App Engine: What are the differences?

What is DigitalOcean? Deploy an SSD cloud server in less than 55 seconds with a dedicated IP and root access. We take the complexities out of cloud hosting by offering blazing fast, on-demand SSD cloud servers, straightforward pricing, a simple API, and an easy-to-use control panel.

What is Google App Engine? Build web applications on the same scalable systems that power Google applications. Google has a reputation for highly reliable, high performance infrastructure. With App Engine you can take advantage of the 10 years of knowledge Google has in running massively scalable, performance driven systems. App Engine applications are easy to build, easy to maintain, and easy to scale as your traffic and data storage needs grow.

DigitalOcean belongs to "Cloud Hosting" category of the tech stack, while Google App Engine can be primarily classified under "Platform as a Service".

Some of the features offered by DigitalOcean are:

  • We provide all of our users with high-performance SSD Hard Drives, flexible API, and the ability to select to nearest data center location.
  • SSD Cloud Servers in 55 Seconds
  • We provide a 99.99% uptime SLA around network, power and virtual server availability. If we fail to deliver, we’ll credit you based on the amount of time that service was unavailable.

On the other hand, Google App Engine provides the following key features:

  • Zero to sixty: Scale your app automatically without worrying about managing machines.
  • Supercharged APIs: Supercharge your app with services such as Task Queue, XMPP, and Cloud SQL, all powered by the same infrastructure that powers the Google services you use every day.
  • You're in control: Manage your application with a simple, web-based dashboard allowing you to customize your app's performance.

"Great value for money", "Simple dashboard" and "Good pricing" are the key factors why developers consider DigitalOcean; whereas "Easy to deploy", "Auto scaling" and "Good free plan" are the primary reasons why Google App Engine is favored.

According to the StackShare community, DigitalOcean has a broader approval, being mentioned in 943 company stacks & 687 developers stacks; compared to Google App Engine, which is listed in 481 company stacks and 343 developer stacks.

Decisions about DigitalOcean and Google App Engine

Chose Hetnzer over DigitalOcean and Linode because Hetzner provides much cheaper VPS with much better specs. DigitalOcean might seems like a good choice at first because of how popular it is. But in reality, if all you need is a simple VPS, you won't benefit much from the their oversubscribed datacenters which often underperform other competitors. Linode is also a good choice. They have cheaper options and performs slightly better than DigitalOcean. In the end, choosing a more affordable host helps you save money. That's important when you're running a tight ship.

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Peter Schmalfeldt
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While Media Temple is more expensive than DigitalOcean, sometimes it is like comparing apples and oranges. DigitalOcean provides what is called Virtual Private Servers ( VPS ). While you seem to be on your own dedicated server, you are, in fact, sharing the same hardware with others.

If you need to be on your own dedicated server, or have other hardware requirements, you do not really have as many options with DigitalOcean. But with Media Temple, the skies the limit ( but so is potentially the cost ).

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DigitalOcean was where I began; its USD5/month is extremely competitive and the overall experience as highly user-friendly.

However, their offerings were lacking and integrating with other resources I had on AWS was getting more costly (due to transfer costs on AWS). Eventually I moved the entire project off DO's Droplets and onto AWS's EC2.

One may initially find the cost (w/o free tier) and interface of AWS daunting however with good planning you can achieve highly cost-efficient systems with savings plans, spot instances, etcetera.

Do not dive into AWS head-first! Seriously, don't. Stand back and read pricing documentation thoroughly. You can, not to the fault of AWS, easily go way overbudget. Your first action upon getting your AWS account should be to set up billing alarms for estimated and current bill totals.

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Pros of DigitalOcean
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    Great value for money
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    Simple dashboard
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    Good pricing
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    Ssds
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    Nice ui
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    Easy configuration
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    Great documentation
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    Ssh access
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    Great community
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    Ubuntu
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    Docker
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    IPv6 support
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    Private networking
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    99.99% uptime SLA
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    Great tutorials
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    Simple API
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    55 Second Provisioning
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    One Click Applications
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    CoreOS
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    Dokku
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    Node.js
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    Debian
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    LAMP
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    Ghost
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    1Gb/sec Servers
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    Simple Control Panel
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    LEMP
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    Word Press
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    Runs CoreOS
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    Mean
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    Speed
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    GitLab
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    Django
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    Quick and no nonsense service
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    Good Tutorials
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    Ruby on Rails
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    Hex Core machines with dedicated ECC Ram and RAID SSD s
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    Spaces
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    My go to server provider
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    Ease and simplicity
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    Nice
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    Find it superfitting with my requirements (SSD, ssh.
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    Easy Setup
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    Transfer Globally
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    Drupal
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    FreeBSD Amp
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    Amazing Hardware
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    Magento
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    KVM Virtualization
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    ownCloud
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    RedMine
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    CentOS
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    Fedora
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    FreeBSD
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    Cheap
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    Static IP
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    It's the easiest to get started for small projects
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    Automatic Backup
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    Great support
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    Quick and easy to set up
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    Servers on demand - literally
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    Reliability
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    Variety of services
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    Managed Kubernetes
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    Easy to deploy
  • 108
    Auto scaling
  • 80
    Good free plan
  • 64
    Easy management
  • 58
    Scalability
  • 35
    Low cost
  • 33
    Comprehensive set of features
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    All services in one place
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    Simple scaling
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    Quick and reliable cloud servers
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    Granular Billing
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    Easy to develop and unit test
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    Monitoring gives comprehensive set of key indicators
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    Create APIs quickly with cloud endpoints
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    Really easy to quickly bring up a full stack
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    Mostly up
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    No Ops

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    Pricing
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    What is DigitalOcean?

    We take the complexities out of cloud hosting by offering blazing fast, on-demand SSD cloud servers, straightforward pricing, a simple API, and an easy-to-use control panel.

    What is Google App Engine?

    Google has a reputation for highly reliable, high performance infrastructure. With App Engine you can take advantage of the 10 years of knowledge Google has in running massively scalable, performance driven systems. App Engine applications are easy to build, easy to maintain, and easy to scale as your traffic and data storage needs grow.

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