What is DigitalOcean? Simple cloud hosting, built for developers. DigitalOcean was founded in New York City in 2014 and has raised over $120 million in funding across 4 venture rounds from VCs like Techstars, Andreessen Horowitz, and Crunch Fund.
DigitalOcean was built to take some of the complexity out of cloud hosting and offers super fast deployment and a very simple pricing model. They are hoping this will help them take market share from competitors like Amazon Web Services who’s platform and pricing model can get very complicated even for senior developers. Some of their notable customers include jQuery Foundation, TaskRabbit, InfluxDB, and io.
DigitalOcean currently has data centers in 7 locations across North America, Europe, and Asia. They have been expanding rapidly with their recent large funding rounds and this is expected to continue throughout 2016. Their current locations are below:
North America: San Francisco, Toronto, New York City (3)
Europe: London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam (3)
Pricing & Contract Terms
DigitalOcean offers both hourly and monthly plans, with no long term contract required. Pricing is very straight forward and posted right on their website, starting at $5/month. Rates increased based on how much memory, disk space, data transfer, and processing power. All plans include SSD drives, 99.9% SLA, global image transfer, and DNS management. Each droplet is billed per hour up to its monthly cap.
DigitalOcean claims that its “Droplets,” its branded term for cloud servers, can be deployed in as little as 55 seconds. They also offer SSD hard drives, KVM virtualization, Tier-1 bandwidth, a simple to use control panel, and IPv6.
While DigitalOcean still doesn’t have anywhere near the number of features of some of their larger competitors likes AWS or Azure, their focus is entirely on simplicity. The goal is to allow developers to spin up a server in under a minute and know exactly what their bill will be at the end of the month.