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DigitalOcean or Amazon AWS for autoscaling?
I’m planning to setup a platform on which I will give space to professional travel writers to monetize their articles. Behind the scenes it should be supported by a forum. I did a lot of research and I have decided to go for a combination of Ghost and NodeBB as a start, and script my own needs from there. Since this is both NodeJS I think it should be possible to host it on one VPS with NodeJS and MongoDB (Mean stack) on Ubuntu 16.04. Before I start building, however, I want to make sure that I’m choosing the right architecture. It is very important that it is highly scalable. Also it should scale automatically because in the future articles might go viral which will result in traffic peaks, and in the nighttime the website may have way less visitors. I’m now deciding between DigitalOcean and Amazon AWS. Amazon AWS offers Elastic Beanstalk (https://aws.amazon.com/elasticbeanstalk) and AutoScaling (https://aws.amazon.com/autoscaling/). DigitalOcean offers an API and a few example scripts for automatic scaling, but they don’t really have a service for it.
What would you do if you were in my position? Which option is the cheapest? Are there other options?
Kind regards, Wijnand
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