Yet Another Linode vs. DigitalOcean Post

This has been turning into an every 3 month thing since I originally blogged
about Linode vs. DigitalOcean back in late February and then again about Linode NextGen vs. DigitalOcean in May. Not to mention when I moved out of the cloud in June when I switched to bare metal with Hivelocity Hosting. The fact is, both Linode and DigitalOcean, albeit not my main hosting companies, are both advancing at a great rate.

The most notable advancement recently has been that Linode doubled the storage space on every single plan. They still are not offering SSDs but the increase in storage capacity was a well deserved upgrade to stay competitive with DigitalOcean. That being said, and to switch it up from my other posts, let’s take a look at the plans from Linode and DigitalOcean at two different price points so we’re comparing apples to apples.

What you get for 20$ a month

CPU Cores8 (1x priority)1
Storage48GB40GB SSD

What you get for 40$ a month

CPU Cores8 (2x priority)2
Storage96GB60GB SSD

As you can see, at the 20$ price point (Linode’s lowest price point) they are
pretty comparable, you could favor either host depending on your own system
requirements. Once you make that jump up to the 40$ tier, Linode becomes a
pretty clear favorite if you need disk space, DigitalOcean the favorite if you
need more RAM. Like anything, these results can be interpreted many different
ways and the decision to choose a host should be based on your own server needs.

Now Linode wasn’t the only one to introduce some improvements recently,
DigitalOcean has been expanding as well. Since the last post DigitalOcean has
implemented two-factor authentication (eliminating one of my previously
documented shortcomings) and added an additional data center (more notable is that it’s Google’s building). Sadly, they are still lacking in regard to
providing system monitoring graphs and do not offer a product that’s comparable to Linode’s NodeBalancer.

Linode has also introduced a managed tier that carries a fee of 100$ per month
per server and even more recently they have added a new server monitoring
service called Longview. Longview seems to be the next generation of their
current graphs and also carries a premium tier but can be used (with a less
frequent update frequency) for free.

At this point, I am still leaning towards Linode if you need a more “enterprise”
level host but DigitalOcean still wins out on price (and SSD if you’re into that
;). DigitalOcean still offers a 5$ a month plan that will work for most people
with smaller sites, you can’t really scoff at that. It’s also worth pointing out
that since I hadn’t spun up a DigitalOcean Droplet in a while, I received an
additional bit of credit to entice me to come back. I appreciate that sort of

As always, here’s some referral links, if you happen to decide to sign up for
any of the aforementioned hosts it would be greatly appreciated if you used my links: Linode, DigitalOcean and in case you are interested in going bare metal, Hivelocity Hosting.

If you have found these posts informative and helpful in searching for a new hosting provider, please consider using one of the links below when signing up:

  • DigitalOcean, new accounts receive $200 in credit (good for 60 days)
  • Linode, new accounts receive $100 in credit (also good for 60 days)
  • Vultr, new accounts also receive $100 in credit (good for only 14 days)
  • UpCloud, new accounts receive €25 in credit (yes, that’s in Euros)
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