Why is IONOS Cheaper than DigitalOcean and Which to Choose?

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).