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Cloud IaaS Provider Roundup: Best of the Best

We’ve been comparing cloud service providers for years now, pitting Rackspace against Azure, Azure against DigitalOcean, DigitalOcean against Linode, and so on down the line to the point that we’re just plum sick of it. Just kidding! Who could ever tire of such a thing? Cloud computing invokes such a rush that it almost takes your mind off of poor, old, dead as an R/C helicopter Radio Shack. And as the cloud space is in constant flux, many of the previous comparisons could be a touch out of date. So we figured our options were either (a) mope around, morosely pondering the inevitability of death and everlasting irrelevance, or (b) hold a Battle Royale to determine the Best Cloud Computing Service for Now and At Least the Immediate Future! 

Filed under: amazon, google, ec2, AWS, cloud, IaaS, rackspace, Azure, digitalocean, Google Compute Engine, SoftLayer, linode

DigitalOcean vs Linode

Background

Chances are, if you’re shopping for a virtual private server, you already understand why they’re useful for web developers, app designers and everyone in between. You also probably know that the surge in popularity of hourly pricing means you can try most of the big players in this space for yourself for the cost of one Bazooka Joe comic (not even the gum, just the comic). Hopefully you’ve had time to peruse our other comparisons featuring today’scombatants and a few of your other relevantchoices.

Filed under: digitalocean, linode

Azure vs DigitalOcean

As with the comparison between AWS and DigitalOcean, this is another example of a giant swiss army knife platform and a smaller, more focused player in the cloud computing arena. As with AWS, Azure offers a breadth of features that you expect from an offering backed by a tech giant, whereas DigitalOcean's product is highly targeted. 

Filed under: Azure, digitalocean

DigitalOcean vs AWS

DigitalOcean vs. AWS is a David vs. Goliath story with a twist. The plucky upstart, DigitalOcean, faces an established behemoth. Like David, DigitalOcean has a strategy that plays to its strengths while avoiding a direct confrontation with Amazon. But this isn’t a fight to the death. Amazon and AWS address the needs of different audiences, and knowing what each does well will help you choose between them.

Filed under: AWS, hosting, digitalocean