Digital Ocean vs Amazon comparison

AWS Overview

Amazon’s AWS is the market leader by far; in fact it is estimated that Amazon has as much computing capacity as the next 11 competitors on the list combined.

  • PaaS configuration (Elastic Beanstalk)
  • Storage (S3 & Glacier products).
  • Databases (RDS, RedShift, SimpleDB, DynamoDB).
  • Networking & Content Delivery (Route 53, CloudFront).
  • Deployment & Configuration Management (OpsWorks, CloudFormation).
  • Content Delivery (CloudFront).
  • Load balancing.
  • Application development platforms.
  • Asia Pacific: Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo
  • Canada: Central
  • China: Beijing
  • Europe: Frankfurt, Ireland, London
  • South America: São Paulo
  • US East: N. Virginia, Ohio
  • US West: N. California, Oregon
  • AMS2, AMS3: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • BLR1: Bangalore, India
  • FRA1: Frankfurt, Germany
  • LON1: London, United Kingdom
  • TOR1: Toronto, Canada
  • NYC1, NYC2, NYC3: New York City, United States
  • SFO1, SFO2: San Francisco, United States
  • SGP1: Singapore
  • Amazon EC2: provides cloud computing in the Amazon Web Services cloud
  • Amazon S3: offers object storage and retrieval services
  • AWS Lambda: offers pay per use compute time to run serverless apps
  • Amazon Glacier: low cost storage suitable for archival purposes
  • Amazon SNS: the Simple Notification Service provides pub/sub notifications to mobile users
  • Amazon Elastic Block Store: provides persistent block storage for EC2 servers
  • Amazon Kinesis: a managed service for real time processing of streaming big data in the cloud
  • Amazon VPC: the Virtual Private Cloud service provides customers with a secure virtual private cloud for their cloud computing needs
  • Amazon SQS: the Simple Queue Service provides distributed message queues for microservices and distributed systems
  • Droplets: fast and flexible cloud compute capacity
  • DigitalOcean Kubernetes: service offering simple, user friendly, managed Kubernetes
  • Managed Databases: managed MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Redis, with setups, backups, and updating done for you by DigitalOcean
  • Spaces Block Storage: S3-compatible block storage with a CDN for speed
  • Volumes Block Storage: SSD block storage for Droplets
  • Networking: Load Balancers, Floating IPs, Cloud Firewalls and DNS

Cost, Performance Comparisons

In line with its value proposition of making cloud computing simpler for small businesses, DigitalOcean keeps its pricing simple as well. While it quotes an hourly rate for its Droplets, there’s a simple, predictable monthly price, which makes planning and budgeting much simpler. AWS goes strictly with a pay-as-you-go approach for its more than 160 products and services. Notably, you can make your AWS costs more predictable and save money by using reserved capacity rather than pay as you go, while Amazon Lightsail has made available a simpler, more predictably priced way to leverage AWS for small apps. Reserved capacity involves an upfront payment for your virtual server, with the potential to save as much as 75% compared to what you would pay with provisioning your EC2 instance on a pay-as-you-go plan.

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