Hosting Review – DigitalOcean

About Company

DigitalOcean, a cloud infrastructure provider which simplify infrastructure of web so as to develop user-friendly products.

Why Choose this Company

  • SSD Solid State Disks are used by servers of DigitalOcean which leads to the good performance of hosted sites. These servers take very less time to configure, within less than a minute.
  • Control panel allows to configure servers easily and develop frameworks properly.
  • A community of developers is very active, as community Pages of a company is time to time updated. Various tutorials, Question –Answer session and community-based projects will be easily found by the developers.
  • A company offers five Linux distributions which are very famous and when server deployed may be pre-installed on an automated basis. It includes CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and CoreOS. BSD is also supported and that too at free. DigitalOcean allows you to install various things in just a click. It includes various application stacks such as MEAN, LEMP, LAMP and Docker, frameworks meant for development such as Django, Ruby on Rails and node and some popular applications such as CMS solutions WordPress, eCommerce software Magento, Ghost and MediaWiki.

Company Services

DigitalOcean offers various types of hosting services and solutions to their clients. The company offers various plans and their plans begin at a very nominal price of $5 per month. I think it is quite cheap and easily affordable. In this plan, you will get 512 MB of RAM, 20 GB of SSD Disk, 1 Core Processor and 1TB for Transfer.

Their most famous plan costs only $10 per month. In this plan, you will avail 1 GB of RAM, 30 GB of SSD Disk, 1 Core Processor and 2 TB for Transfer.

Regarding their High Volume Plans, it begins at price of $ 160 per month. In this plan, you will receive 16 GB of RAM, 8 Core Processor, 160 GB of SSD Disk and 6TB for data transfer.

All of the plans of DigitalOcean comprises of some additional features to give better and satisfactory services to their clients. It comprises of Solid-State Drives (SSD), Global Image Transfer, DNS Management, Private Networking, 99.99% Uptime SLA and spread their network across various locations such as the US, Europe & Asia.

Customer Support

DigitalOcean offers good customer support to their clients for 24 hrs a day and 7 days a week, as it has a team of trained professionals. They tried to satisfy their clients by offering them optimal solutions of their queries.

What’s New

DigitalOcean has recently introduced Team Accounts so as to offer more safety and organizational transparency. You have registered on this company and now after configuration of their team accounts, a member of your team is permitted for accessing your virtual machine at various levels. This latest release will offer good and better support to developers, companies which are properly established or developed on a large scale. After adding this new feature, Infrastructure is simplified by DigitalOcean while following industry standard best practices which consider policies of Username and

Contact Details

You need to visit their contact section. If you have any issues or you required any kind of support from them, visit “Need Support” option. For Pre-Purchase Inquiries or Sales- visit “Sales Inquiries” option and for to report about any suspicious or abuse kind of activity, visit “Report Abuse” option.

Requirement of Email Client

Many free online email options are available nowadays, giving no reason to purchase email software. is one such example, for iteration of Microsoft’s Hotmail online email solution. Any small business will benefit from its convenient, cost-free access to email and collaboration tools. Companies are allowed to use their website in their email address free of charge, eliminating requirements for an in-house mail server. This will be a big saving for a small company.


Email software has to be updated, maintained or patched at own cost. Terms and conditions of Gmail should be considered. Posting, displaying and submitting content give Google a worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free and non-exclusive license to adapt, modify, publish, translate, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content submitted, posted or displayed the services.

According to above statement, added content to a Gmail email becomes Google property. Probability is there to expose provided content seem to be next to none, but it is a business with free email and if any user doesn’t want to follow these terms and conditions, it is better to take responsibility on its own.

Contractual Obligations

Taking responsibility is not the perfect solution. Solutions like Office 365, better than offering terms and conditions preferred by the user depends on the line of business, these might not be the solutions can simply use as they are in a cloud. For non-classified users following agreements are made by United States Department of Defense (DoD) are:

Office 365 treat as a paid alternative will come in the category of open to debate, it is kind of checking agreements signed by a user at starting of signing a contract and clarifying not just be DoD prefer email clients to cloud solutions.


Using cloud email another key area can be compliance. Depending on industry used by the user has a number of standards need to follow some legal business operations. One example is Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliance or known as HIPPA compliance.

HIPPA is applicable on healthcare insurance coverage during a change of jobs. Email usage would be covered. While considering it, healthcare insurance coverage maintenance requires moving patient health records by email. If email is not safe, then there is probability to fall in wrong hands. Resultant, provisions are added to safeguard the information of patient by electronic means.

Standards of HIPPA mainly for email covers like encryption and access. A company follows standards is subject to audits. Email used in an environment maintained by HIPPA support TLS and SSL, but services like Gmail support SSL while accessing websites and TLS is supported for inbound email transport, it proved that they are not HIPPA complaint. Companies are required by HIPPA which have a ‘Business Associate Agreement’ signed with an entrepreneur. A user will not just get from email service provider- set terms by them, not by the user.


Industry standards dictate the exact method of using email by a user. Email solutions like Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook probably providing security to a bulk of business users according to requirements. Email usage would not be covered by business agreements. Many companies provide email solutions, engaged in helping their customers to meet standards of their industries. It has to be investigated that most famous web-based email solutions meet those requirements are free. User’s job is to find appropriate standards applicable to specific business.

Unix vs. Intel

Making the right choice for your large-scale corporate needs is, to say the least, very important. And it’s tougher than it used to be. For years, Unix servers from IBM, SUN, and HP have been the logical and popular choice for large applications. The power of a Unix server, with up to 64 processors, together with the scalability and stability of a Unix operating system has created a whole generation of IT professionals who would rather fight than switch. But, my, my – how things can change…

First, consider some of the initial costs. Intel-based servers are usually cheaper than proprietary Unix servers, making Intel server clustering a less expensive way to scale out your business. With price not always the most important consideration, you still have to weigh the advantages of one, large Unix server running just one copy of applications and the operating system on all the processors – far easier and faster to troubleshoot. With Intel-based servers, you have another cost advantage – more negotiating power. When you go Unix, you get locked into one vendor, like HP or Sun, and you pretty much have to live with whatever they do down the road. Intel servers, on the other hand, run standard processors and software allowing you to cluster together boxes from different manufacturers fairly easily. So if you’re not happy with one vendor, you can say, “See ya!” and go somewhere else.

And then there is the issue of power. It used to be that Unix offered 64-bit chips and Intel only 32 bits. That made a monster difference in memory addressability for managing very large databases. Last year, however, Intel finally got it’s Itanium 64-bit chip to market. And with the upcoming release of its successor chip, McKinley, Intel is expected to deliver a formidable, although relatively untested in the real world, 64-bit chip.

Microsoft has apparently done its part to improve the stability of the Windows operating system with NT. A warning is the concerns you used to have about how far you could scale it reliably on Intel-based servers. Alas, you will have to deal with software upgrades with Microsoft products and perhaps endure rebooting with seeming regularity. Of course, you could decide to run Unix on your Intel-based servers. Although its open-source cousin, Linux has been stealing the show primarily because you can download it free, Red Hat has done a decent job with support services, and you can tweak the code to better suit your requirements.

If you find yourself wrestling with what’s best for you, you may yearn for the simplicity of days gone by – when Unix held the keys to the castle for very large-scale server needs. But you can bet that the flexibility offered by today’s products is worth the additional time and effort you’ll spend making your decision.

Virtual Private Servers

What Are Virtual Private Servers?

Virtual Private Servers are a hot topic these days for good reason. They combine the control and security advantages of a dedicated server environment with the lower cost of a shared server environment. Virtual Private Servers should not, however, be confused with Virtual Hosting, which is a completely different type of shared-server environment.

With Virtual Hosting, you are sharing the physical server and you are also sharing a single set of software applications, which is configured and controlled by the server’s administrators – not you. Unlike Virtual Hosting, a Virtual Private Server is a single physical server that is “partitioned” at the root into multiple virtual “dedicated” servers. This allows you to share the cost of hardware, network connectivity, and system maintenance with other hosting customers while still enjoying the flexibility and freedom of a dedicated server.

The popular analogy you often hear is that of a condominium complex. The entire condo building itself represents the hardware of the physical server while each individual condo represents the “virtual” dedicated servers partitioned within it. Each tenant maintains control over access and what goes on inside their own unit, while everyone in the complex shares the cost of building maintenance and common services.

In the Virtual Private Server environment, only the hardware is controlled by the server administrators while the software is controlled by you. Because you have root access to the server, you pretty much have complete control over the function of your Virtual Private Server. You usually get individual Web, FTP, POP, IMAP servers and SMTP gateway. You also have access to the “virtual” root, Telnet and your web server configuration files. Plus you’ll have full CGI-BIN access, complete log files and access to your password and aliases file and In other words, all the comforts of a dedicated server at a fraction of the cost.

How Well Are You Managing

How Well Are You Managing?

If you are responsible for the performance of a high-traffic Web site, you no doubt need to be operating in a reliable, dedicated server environment. In order to be reliable, the dedicated server or cluster you are renting must be properly managed whether you do it in-house or outsource. This would include management of hardware, operating systems, applications, E-commerce, security, data backup, disaster recovery, reporting, monitoring, database management, Virtual Private Networks (VPN), connectivity, bandwidth and load balancing. It’s a lot to stay on top of 24/7/365. Managed Hosting means your dedicated hosting provider is not only renting you servers but is also providing system administration for some or all of these management issues.

All things considered, it’s really hard to find a downside to professional Managed Hosting services if you choose a good provider. To begin with, Managed Hosting can be extremely cost effective and a good value for small to medium sized businesses with a busy or rapidly growing Web site. By turning over responsibility for system administration to your Managed Hosting provider, you avoid the need for costly internal resources such as a highly skilled IT staff. Of course, how you determine the value of managed services may depend on how quickly and efficiently your Managed Host responds to your needs and support issues. A slow response wouldn’t be any better – and maybe worse than being short staffed internally during times of heavy administration needs. It’s safe to say that a good Managed Host will be in tune with how mission critical their job is and knows that technical support – not just technology – is the most important thing they can deliver for their customers.

The biggest advantage of Managed Hosting may be the flexibility it allows businesses to have their Web site operation costs. Keep that in mind as you choose or negotiate terms of service with your provider. Make sure the plan you are getting is competitive – do some intelligent comparison shopping before you sign up. The cost of Managed Hosting varies greatly depending on what you need so here are some of the main choices that will need to be made: · Operating System (Unix, Linux, Windows NT, etc.) and System Type · Server hardware options such as CPU, Memory, backup, number of IP addresses, bandwidth · Software Configurations such as SSL, MySQL/PHP and control panels · Firewall and Security Options · Number of VPN users

How well a prospective Managed Host helps you figure out exactly what you’ll need may be a good indication of how responsive they will be down the road. Also, ask your prospective Managed Host for details on their connectivity and uptime track record. Is their Network Operations Center (NOC) in the USA? The answer needs to be “yes” if you want the fastest, most reliable connection. What about money back guarantees – do they offer any on their services?

If you aren’t sure what you need, how do you know if it’s the right time for Managed Hosting? For many companies, the answer lies in how well they are keeping up with their growing server needs. If you are feeling the need to expand your internal IT resources, it’s probably a good time to explore your Managed Hosting options. Or better yet, don’t wait for a bottleneck before you get up to speed on what’s available to you.

cheapest linux vps hosting

VPS hosting enhances growth of business

VPS hosting services important way for companies to make control over virtual private space with dedicated resources. A user may not wish to opt for dedicated servers which require big upfront payment.

In the competitive digital environment, companies of all fields are trying to earn position over competitors to keep capital expenses at nominal. The maintenance of a dedicated server demands technical expertise. Medium and small scale companies owning a dedicated server is not always feasible. VPS hosting produces a perfect option of web hosting for those users who are searching to make control over their allocated virtual space.

By reports not only small and medium scale businesses (SMEs) are choosing this solution but also many large IT companies are showing interest towards this hosting. A user can get full root access to a virtual private network with dedicated resources.

Vigilant Security: Top-ranked data centers are providing VPS hosting services which are offering unmatched security at an application and network level both. It ensures their critical business website and IT assets to stay out of vulnerabilities. On top, a user can implement security firewalls and install custom-built tools to make his mission-critical site free from hassles.

Best in class Architecture: VPS provider has all necessary provisions, multiple telecommunication networks, IT components for better business functioning. All clients of VPS hosted on the same server are sharing the cost. To choose a VPS host that manages and owns data-center maintains N+1 redundancy is offering SLA on network availability which has competitive security modules.

Reduction in cost: When a user is utilizing VPS hosting service from a reliable data center provider then he need not think about maintenance, server management, and monitoring. Above activities are performed at the end of a service provider.

Technical Support: A dedicated customer support given to the user for his mission-critical website. Without taking any time it allows a user to resolve technical problems. An advantage of having VPS hosting services is that user need not worry about network downtime as many are offering SLA-backed network uptime.

Many web hosts are offering cheap VPS hosting services based on either Linux or Windows platform. A user can use any one of them depending on convenience, business priorities and application which user wish to run.

Virtual Hosting (Shared IP) and IP Based Hosting (Dedicated IP)

The system offers 2 kinds of IP:

1. Shared IP – one IP address is assigned to several domains and access to a domain is available only by its domain name;
2. Dedicated IP – one IP address is assigned to one domain. To access a domain you can use either its IP address or its domain name.

Shared IP is used by more than one virtual hosts. This approach is known as name-based Virtual Host Support, as opposed to the traditional IP-based Virtual Host approach. The traditional approach is hard to implement on some machines, so Shared IP is used to avoid assigning a dedicated IP address to every virtual host.

The benefits of using the new name-based virtual host support are:

* virtually unlimited number of servers;
* ease of configuration and use;
* no additional hardware of software requirements.

The main disadvantage is that the client must support this part of the protocol. Also, which is critical for Control Panel, shared IP does not allow to create FTP Virtual Hosts.

Dedicated IP is a paid service. You need a Dedicated IP to create Virtual FTP. This service uses SSL on your web server. Switching back from Dedicated IP to Shared IP will remove any of your FTP and SSL resources.

By default, every domain has a Shared IP. Shared IP is free. You can change the type of IP at any time as you work with the system. To change the type of the IP, click the Change to Shared/Dedicated IP link in the Edit Domain page.

You can use an IP-only server. To create it, choose “no domain” item during signup. Following the signup, you should change a type of IP to Dedicated.