Why is IONOS Cheaper than DigitalOcean and Which to Choose?

Posted August 19, 2019 3.5k views
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I can see DigitalOcean is charging $40/mo for

  • 8GB RAM
  • 4 vCPU
  • 160GB SSD

IONOS 1 and 1 is charging $36/mo for

  • 6 vCores CPU
  • 12GB RAM
  • 240GB SSD

I’m currently on $20 a month 2 vCPU with 4GB ram on DigitalOcean
For a few dollars extra at IONOS, I can get 4 vCPU and 8GB ram with 160GB disk

Am I paying the extra on DigitalOcean, for the better flexibility, ie volumes, spaces etc, or is there a different reason IONOS offer, what appears to be similar setup, at a much more cost efficient basis? They’re also offering first 6 months for $1.

My current setup has a big MySQL database and I am finding that my innoDB buffer data is exceeding the 3GB pool size and the system is slowing down a bit. More RAM and increased buffer pool size would probably help my situation.

Additionally, IONOS use SAN storage, is this why it’s cheaper?

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My preferred solution is to run large storage and CPU intensive tasks on my own hardware at home, and to just use the smallest (free!) AWS VM as basically a proxy using a public IP address.

Cloud infra is expensive and should be avoided if possible ($40 a month == $480 a year and will buy you a computer with those specs).

Of course it really depends on your application architecture (I was lucky that my design could work that way).

  • For the most part I also run my own infrastructure and it’s great nonetheless it’s not free because you have to pay for the electricity bill, internet and ip addresses. Also the reliability is not comparable. However you are right running your own servers is really cheap compared to using a solution such as DO, aws etc however you need to use a lot of money at once.