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DigitalOcean vs. Linode

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DigitalOcean vs. Linode

Is DigitalOcean or Linode right for you?

DigitalOcean sets its offering apart by doubling down on three central pillars: simplicity, pricing, and high-performance virtual servers. The company makes it simple to set up Linux instances called Droplets, making implementation straightforward. Its user-friendly interface is one of DigitalOcean’s strongest characteristics.

FEATURES DigitalOcean Linode
Cloud GPUs
Latest AMD CPUs
AMD CPUs free upgrade You pay more
Outbound Transfer Speed Max 2 GBps 1-12 GBps
Free Cloud Firewall
Free DDoS Protection
Bare Metal Cloud Servers Coming soon
Managed Kubernetes
Managed Database Coming soon
High Memory VM's
App Marketplace
100% Free Human Support
1000+ Documentation Library
Developer Focused
Free Bundled Transfer
API, CLI, and user friendly Cloud Interface
Flat predictible pricing
COMPANY PROFILE DigitalOcean Linode
Year Founded 2011 2003
Public Cloud Offering Launched 2012 2003
Years Providing Public Cloud 8 18
Years Profitable 0 18
Developer Owned & Operated
100% Independent
Data Center Regions 8 11
Investor Liabilities -$455.4M None
Non-Cloud Businesses None None
# of Cloud Products ~20 ~20
Target Customers Developers
Startups
SMB's
Developers
Startups
SMB's
# of CEO Changes 3 0
User Friendly Cloud Interface
  • Why Choose Digital Ocean?
  • Why Choose Linode?
  • Why Digital Ocean?
  • Why Linode?
  1. Prefer an independent cloud provider who puts customers first, without the investors or financial debt that can get in the way.
  2. Want the best customer support without restrictions.  Free 100% human no-handoff support including the phone support that Digital Ocean doesn't offer.
  3. Advanced services like DDoS protection, Cloud GPU's, and Bare Metal.
  4. More global data center regions Linode has 11 regional distinct data center locations compared to Digital Oceans 8. Additional Linode regions includes Tokyo, Sydney, Atlanta and Dallas.  
  5. Stability is important.  Linode's 18 years of profitability while still owned and operated by the original CEO, means that you can trust Linode to be a long-term partner. 
  6. Want the best hardware.  Linode has the flexibility to choose the hardware that delivers the best price-performance.  That's why we were the first alternative cloud provider to adopt the latest AMD EPYC Naples and Rome CPUs.  AMD been crushing Intel of late and their new EPYC 64 Core Rome processor and our customers are experiencing hyperscale power at a fraction of the price. Learn more
  1. Prefer an independent cloud provider who puts customers first, without the investors or financial debt that can get in the way.
  2. Want the best customer support without restrictions.  Free 100% human no-handoff support including the phone support that Digital Ocean doesn't offer.
  3. Advanced services like DDoS protection, Cloud GPU's, and Bare Metal.
  4. More global data center regions Linode has 11 regional distinct data center locations compared to Digital Oceans 8. Additional Linode regions includes Tokyo, Sydney, Atlanta and Dallas.  
  5. Stability is important.  Linode's 18 years of profitability while still owned and operated by the original CEO, means that you can trust Linode to be a long-term partner. 
  6. Want the best hardware.  Linode has the flexibility to choose the hardware that delivers the best price-performance.  That's why we were the first alternative cloud provider to adopt the latest AMD EPYC Naples and Rome CPUs.  AMD been crushing Intel of late and their new EPYC 64 Core Rome processor and our customers are experiencing hyperscale power at a fraction of the price. Learn more
  1. Need Managed Database now.  While Linode is launching a managed database service for MySQL this fall, if you need DBaaS today then Digital Ocean my be for you.
  2. Built-in CDN with Object Storage. While you can easily get third party CDN services from Linode, the fact that Digital Ocean bundles these together is pretty cool.
  3. More 1-click apps. Preconfigured 1-click apps are a big time saver and can help avoid the hassle of spinning up and provisioning servers manually. While Linode has a marketplace of one-click apps as, the DO library has been around a bit longer and has a wider number of apps available.  They also offer some Kubernetes apps which Linode has in their roadmap.
  4. Floating IPs. With Floating IPs, you can redirect network traffic between any of your servers within the same datacenter to increase reliability.  Linode has rolled out floating IPs at our Atlanta data center with more data centers to come on board in the coming months.
  1. Need Managed Database now.  While Linode is launching a managed database service for MySQL this fall, if you need DBaaS today then Digital Ocean my be for you.
  2. Built-in CDN with Object Storage. While you can easily get third party CDN services from Linode, the fact that Digital Ocean bundles these together is pretty cool.
  3. More 1-click apps. Preconfigured 1-click apps are a big time saver and can help avoid the hassle of spinning up and provisioning servers manually. While Linode has a marketplace of one-click apps as, the DO library has been around a bit longer and has a wider number of apps available.  They also offer some Kubernetes apps which Linode has in their roadmap.
  4. Floating IPs. With Floating IPs, you can redirect network traffic between any of your servers within the same datacenter to increase reliability.  Linode has rolled out floating IPs at our Atlanta data center with more data centers to come on board in the coming months.

Digital Ocean vs Linode Price Comparison

Shared virtual machines for balanced power and performance

Linode $20 / mo
Digital Ocean $24 / mo

Linode 2 Core Shared, 4GB RAM, 80GB SSD. vs. Digital Ocean 2 Core Shared Basic w/AMD, 4GB RAM, 80 SSD

Dedicated CPU instance for processor-intensive applications.

Linode $120 / mo
DO $180 / mo

Linode 8 Core Dedicated CPU, 16 GB RAM, 320 GB SSD vs. Digital Ocean 8 Core CPU-Optimized, 16GB RAM, 200 GB SSD

CLOUD PERFORMANCE BENCHMARKS

"We started with DigitalOcean but found the service lacking as our product got more traction and volume. We get thousands of clicks per second, and we want to serve all those customer requests without lag."

Ankur Phadnis, Feedify

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