DigitalOcean: Cloud computing designed for developers

August 17, 2017

#DigitalOcean #VPS Hosting

DigitalOcean is a VPS provider – it offers a high performance alternative to fully managed hosting for developers who are comfortable setting up and self managing their own Linux installations. It’s functionally similar in many ways to working with a dedicated physical server but unlike fully bare-metal solutions, DigitalOcean offers virtualized instances. DigitalOcean has data-centers in San Francisco, New York, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Bangalore & Singapore. 

DigitalOcean has a wealth of excellent documentation and I have been using it a lot over the past two years. I more comfortable working like this than with managed hosting – simplification often makes things more convoluted. Anecdotally, much faster too – and it is certainly typically easier to upgrade the server specification, add load balancing, migrate to a different country etc. I am okay using managed hosting interfaces such as cPanel  – but I would much prefer to use the command line and a simple text editor. That’s my working environment of first choice. It’s great being able to quickly spin-up a ‘droplet’ based server – or to be able to trivially create a sub-domain, for example in order to create a staging version or to demonstrate possible changes. And if something isn’t working or is acting strange then I can be straight into the logs to try to figure out why.

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