Whilst communicating with customers and prospects, we are commonly asked about the differences between Cloudlets platform and other web hosting solutions on the market, so we’d like to share the comparison with Digital Ocean.

Containers or Virtual Machines

Cloudlets platform is based on containers, and Digital Ocean is based on VMs.

The key peculiarity of containers is the possibility of sharing the OS kernel, TCP stack, file system, and other system resources. At the same time, containers consume less memory and CPU. Container-based projects are easy to scale, isolate, and secure.

Whilst virtual machines require full processing power and memory of the host machine, are heavyweight and need more time for a start.

From the perspective point of view, it is easier to create a project running on containers, as it’d be possible to migrate  without downtime to another region or cloud provider.

Pay per Use or Fixed Pricing

As Cloudlets is based on containers (that are easy to scale), customers can pay for only what their projects use without a necessity to upgrade each time the project grows. The system makes hourly measures how many cloudlets inside each container are consumed and requests the payment only for these used resources.

You can set up a maximum Scaling Limit for each container, so the resources will be always available in case of load spikes or other consumption changes.

Imagine presenting to your boss a solution that will save their business 30-50% in hosting costs, provide better performance, better redundancy including load balancing & HA clustering, save you time by being more easily provisioned with less expertise, increase your uptime with automatic resource and container scaling, and provide Australian support when you need it.

To get a more clear understanding of the cloudlets pricing policy and how it will seriously save you money - click here.

However, it is also possible to choose a premium fixed hosting plan specifically for PHP website hosting.

Digital Ocean has a comprehensive pricing model with a wide variety of packages (app platform pricing tiers, storage/memory/CPU-optimized droplets, etc.).

Local or Global DataCenter

As Cloudlets is powered by Jelastic, it provides the global technology for the local customers - with the highly performed Tier III data center and tech support in Melbourne (all regions of 46 public cloud hosting providers can be found here).

Digital Ocean's data centers are presented in New York City, San Francisco (United States), Amsterdam, (the Netherlands), Singapore, London (United Kingdom), Frankfurt (Germany), Toronto (Canada), Bangalore (India).