So, DigitalOcean or Vultr ?
Before starting anything about this article, first let me tell you that this is soley written upon after my experience. I would never recommend you to choose the service I tell the best. It’s upon you. I am just giving you a brief explanation on what is happening here
What is D.O. and Vultr?
Both the companies offer the same kind of feature, but it’s general human tendency to make our service better than our competitors. Both the companies give SSD Virtual Servers for cheap, i mean really cheap rate ($5/mo) and not even that, you will be paying only for the time of usage. You will be billed in hour basis and you will be asked to pay after each 10th of month.
Digital Ocean was first started on June 24, 2011 exactly five years ago from now. It then appeared to be the second largest cloud hosting provider while the first one is still Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Then there came the competitor Vultr. Their aim was to not lock their customers into their per-available server images. While digitalocean does not allow you to upload your custom ISO images, it makes you to upload your own image to Vultr no matter of the size.
Pricing and features
As the aim for DO is to provide an awesome but cheap cloud servers for a better internet, their plans are so pocket friendly. They give an awesome and production ready cloud server for startup blogs at a rate of $5/mo ($0.007/hr)
With just $5, you will get 512 MB RAM, 20 GB SSD, 1 Core processor and a whooping 2TB transfer rate. That’s more than enough. But the only problem is you cannot upload your own ISO images, so, if you want to host ASP.NET, then it couldn’t be possible.
Even though Vultr came after DO, their service is far better than DO. They have more than 15 locations and after bench marking both brands, I found vultr to be more fast in base of latency and speed. They too have $5 plan and follow the same billing principal of DO. But, there is a twist. For those who are expecting to have a bit of more RAM but at a least cost of $5, then vultr is best. They give you 768MB RAM, but they also did reduce the space to 15GB SSD and transfer rate to 1TB.
I felt like vultr tech team was more better than that of the DO. Vultr has inbuilt DDOS attack.
Recently, I rolled up a awesome game and it went so popular and i had to set up an Online community forum. First i rolled them to DO at 5$ instance and in a month, I was getting huge requests so i had to switch to a 20$ instance. I had so much information written on the hosted site and was full of DOCS. Setting up the site back would be a nightmare because I had to install so many dependencies (I won’t use dependency manager).
One day, I received a DDOS attack and Digital Ocean simply blocked by instance and said that they will never give me my instance back instead i have to setup a new one. I was soaked of anger and that’s when i came to know about Vultr.
I started to love Vultr and their tech team. They were friendly and were ready to solve any problems(until related to their servers).
As both the companies offer same kind but awesome different features, i would recommend each service upon two categories : RAM intensive and Space intensive projects.
If your project is :
Then i would recommend you to choose Vultr as they give you more ram for cheaper rate but with lower space and/or transfer rate.
Then, I would recommend you to choose Digital Ocean as they give you more space for cheaper rate but with lower RAM and higher transfer rate. But, you could also use the block storage functionality which is $1 for 10GB SSD.