DigitalOcean vs Linode — What You Need To Know

Dave Teu
3 min readJan 3, 2021


Both have very similar pricing but which is better?

DO (Digital Ocean) and Linode have very similar pricing of $5 for their basic virtual machines, and $5 for their object storage

Object Storage

Despite both provide identical prices for their object storage of 250GB at a flat fee of $5 per month, $0.02/GB for additional storage and $0.01/GB additional transfer, there are some differences.


  • Pricing
  • Both support the s3 protocol, and can use most object storage capabilities with the AWS sdk.


  • CDN
    DigitalOcean provides CDN capabilities on top of object storage, where your files can be accessed from multiple edge location where Linode used to provide the same service at additional cost through external service ( not accessible at the time of writing )
  • Hosting Static Site
    You can host static site using object storage with Linode, but not DigitalOcean. However, you are able to host static site with DigitalOcean for free in their new App Platform.

Domain Name Service


  • Both are free
  • Both provide control panel to manage your domains.


  • Linode provides a more elaborated domain name services compared to DigitalOcean. You are able to import DNS zone from your current domain name service host, and also able to use Linode as Secondary/Slave name server.

Backup Service

DigitalOcean provides the additional services here while Linode does not.

App Platform

Digitalocean automates your deployment with their App Platform, building and deploying your codes to scalable containers, all through the control panel. You do not need any docker or Kubernete knowledge to launch a fully scalable application.

Managed Database

Digitalocean currently provides managed database Postgre, Mysql and Redis clusters, priced from $15/month for 1GB Ram 1 vCPU and 10GB Storage.

Floating IP

Digitalocean provides Floating IP addresses for free to assign to your droplets. This allows you to maintain a consistent IP to the public network even if you were to change your virtual machine.

Linode provides the additional services here while DigitalOcean does not.

DDoS Protection

Linode automatically detects and mitigates DDoS attacks on the infrastructure from large-volume traffic intended to make your service unavailable to legitmate users.

Although DigitalOcean and Linode both provides Cloud Firewall, there’s nothing mentioned on DigitalOcean’s website about DDoS Protection service.


Both DigitalOcean and Linode offers very competitive pricing compared to the bigger players like AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. Together with the competitive pricing, they are also less complicated to deploy.

I like DigitalOcean because of their Floating IP and App Platform, and Linode for their backup service, plus their ability to host secondary DNS.

DigitalOcean’s App Platform looks very promising for developers in the long run as it’s simple and affordable. It is however, limited to only some regions, and currently still in Beta.



Dave Teu

entrepreneur, developer, dream chaser