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DigitalOcean vs Joyent Cloud: What are the differences?

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; Joyent Cloud: Cloud Infrastructure for Real-time Web and Mobile Applications. Joyent is the high-performance cloud infrastructure company, offering the only solution specifically built to power real-time web and mobile applications.

DigitalOcean and Joyent Cloud belong to "Cloud Hosting" category of the tech stack.

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, Joyent Cloud provides the following key features:

  • Joyent offers exclusive debugging and performance analysis tools for Node.js applications.
  • High-performance machines- Joyent Cloud uses fresh Nehalem/Westmere processors and 15k RPM HDs in our data centers. I/O throttling ensures that “noisy neighbors” won’t cause your application to perform poorly.
  • Dynamic CPU scaling- Dynamic, real-time CPU scaling. Vertical bursting CPU capacity without user intervention or additional fees.

"Great value for money" is the top reason why over 558 developers like DigitalOcean, while over 3 developers mention "High-performance" as the leading cause for choosing Joyent Cloud.

Techstars, DigitalOcean, and BRIKA are some of the popular companies that use DigitalOcean, whereas Joyent Cloud is used by Nodefly, Nodejitsu, and Backblend. DigitalOcean has a broader approval, being mentioned in 936 company stacks & 674 developers stacks; compared to Joyent Cloud, which is listed in 4 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.

Decisions about DigitalOcean and Joyent Cloud

Albeit restricted to only a few places worlwide compared to its peers in the cloud segment, I am yet to find another provider capable of delivering a score over 5000 (Geekbench) in a benchmark on a single CPU machine, and each machine costs $6 a month. For homelab and experienced users who don't need DBaaS or IaaC's, it's a pretty straightforward choice. A more comprehensive review of Vultr's HF machines can be found here.

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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
Pros of Joyent Cloud
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    Great value for money
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    Simple dashboard
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    Good pricing
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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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    IPv6 support
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    Private networking
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    99.99% uptime SLA
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    Simple API
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    Great tutorials
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    55 Second Provisioning
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    One Click Applications
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    Simple Control Panel
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    Word Press
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    1Gb/sec Servers
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    Quick and no nonsense service
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    Hex Core machines with dedicated ECC Ram and RAID SSD s
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    Runs CoreOS
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    Good Tutorials
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    Ruby on Rails
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    KVM Virtualization
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    Amazing Hardware
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    Transfer Globally
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    FreeBSD Amp
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    My go to server provider
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    Ease and simplicity
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    Find it superfitting with my requirements (SSD, ssh.
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    Easy Setup
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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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    Variety of services
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    Managed Kubernetes
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    Secure Zones and Data Centers
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    Performance analysis tools
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    Self-service provisioning
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    Dynamic CPU scaling
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    Real-time analytics
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    Real-time visualization
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    Big data servers

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Cons of DigitalOcean
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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 Joyent Cloud?

    Joyent is the high-performance cloud infrastructure company, offering the only solution specifically built to power real-time web and mobile applications.

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