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Scrappy cloud provider DigitalOcean has started selling cloud servers out of a Singapore data center, giving the cut-price Linode competitor a globe-spanning service. The new facility will sit alongside existing data centers in New York, San Francisco, and Amsterdam, the company announced on Tuesday. What sets DigitalOcean …

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Rock solid

Been using them myself for the past few months, at $10 per a month for a proper Virtual Machine running on SSD, its a bargain. The service has been rock solid and support is pretty comprehensive. Its missing some of the "shinier" toys offered by Linode (Such as load balancing), but I wouldn't need them anyway.

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your maths is off...

The DigitalOcean server is $10 per month.

That's $10/744h ~= $0.015, not $0.0015 as stated in the article (you can even switch the DigitalOcean pricing page to Hourly to check my maths ;) - which makes it about 1/3 the cost of Rackspace's PERF1GB.

However what you have failed to account for in the article is the bandwidth costs.

Rackspace charges $0.12/GB for the first 10TB of bandwidth, so the 2TB of free transfer that DigitalOcean would give you would be charged by Rackspace at $246 - over a month, DigitalOcean would charge you $10 and Rackspace would charge you $276 if you were bandwidth heavy ;)

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What you pay for

Rackspace has a phone number.

Linode has a phone number.

DigitalOcean has a contact form.

Now, admittedly, 98% of people don't really care (I use DigitalOcean myself for some stuff) but support is one of those things you don't miss until the time you really, really need it...

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Re: What you pay for

If I'm paying $10 a month, either for personal or commercial use I can live with a contact form that is actually looked and replied to like they do.

Used Linode and DigitalOcean. Happy with both.

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Two big "gotchas" I discovered with DigitalOcean - to get an additional IP address (for sites that need SSL certificates) you have to get a new "droplet", which doubles the cost; and they're not environmentally friendly. There are better (and cheaper) hosts in the Netherlands and Germany.

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Lets be clear - this would only be necessary if you were running multiple certificates :) you can run HTTP and HTTPS off a single IP. But having to purchase another "droplet" does suck. Saying that, I wanted additional IP's on Linode and suffice to say, they were rather anal about it.

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