As there are many virtual hosting services available in the market, the competition are intense. Many companies are in the market just to gain a considerable market share. In this detailed guide, we analyze how Linode, DigitalOcean, Amazon Lightsail and Vultr.
Note- The comparison is based upon the minimum rates offered by respective companies.
Each VPS has the following Services on Offer:
Linode offers 1GB of RAM to its customers. On the other hand the trio of Vultr, DigitalOcean, and Amazon Lightsail offer their customers only 512MB of RAM. In this segment, the clear winner is Linode.
All the above companies offer 1 Core CPU to their customers. Many readers would agree with us that 1 Core is enough to power a basic website. However, if the user demands, Amazon Lightsail offers 2 cores of vCPU at their 40$ plan. However, the other three companies offer 2 cores at their 20$ plan.
Storage is the total amount available at a user’s disposal. DigitalOcean offers their customers 20GB of storage. Similarly, Vultr, Amazon Lightsail and Linode offer their customers 20GB of storage at their basic package. All the companies offer the storage in the form of SSD or Solid State Drive. SSD is quite popular in today’s world.
Vultr offers 500GB bandwidth. This amount includes both the outgoing data (upload) and incoming data (download). DigitalOcean on the other hand offers 1TB of data which also includes downloading and uploading. They charge 0.02$/GB if the current transfer limit exceeds. Linode offers 40GB worth of data as uploads and 1000GB of data as downloads. Amazon Lightsail on the other hand offers 1TB of upload and download. However, Amazon Lightsail only charges the user extra for all outgoing data. They charge 5$ for every 0.5TB of extra data.
DigitalOcean’s base pack starts from 5$ a month. If users want to use an hourly rate, then can do so which starts at 0.007$/hour. The base package of Vultr is 2.5$ a month and hourly rates start at 0.004$/hour. The base package of Amazon Lightsail starts at 5$ a month. The base package of Linode starts at 5$/month or 0.0075$/hour.
Pros of Choosing Vultr:
- Cheap Rates
- Intel Core CPUs’
- Easy Backup and Restore process
Cons of Choosing Vultr:
- Support Structure is weak
- If a website’s experiences heavy traffic, the 10$ plan is best.
Pros of choosing Amazon Lightsail:
- Cheaper than its competitors
Cons of choosing Amazon Lightsail
- Lower Speed rates.
- No IPV6 addresses
- Very few Operating Systems supported
Pros of choosing DigitalOcean:
- A dedicated community of developers makes sure that problems are solved quickly.
- Floating IP’s.
- Datacenters located across the globe.
Cons of choosing DigitalOcean:
- They don’t offer Windows Servers.
- Prone to complete date loss.
Pros of choosing Linode:
- Their configuration for medium tiered websites is expensive.
- Good Customer Service.
- Uses Intel E5 Processors.
Cons of choosing Linode:
- No cPanel
- No Windows Hosting
- Extra features are pricey and not free.
We have have explained everything, regarding a in-depth comparison on Linode vs. DigitalOcean vs. Amazon Lightsail vs. Vultr. The most popular one of these would be definitely Linode due to high uptimes and Specs they offer on DigitalOcean, amazon lightsail or Vultr.