DigitalOcean and AWS are great
Yes, you read that right. We think DigitalOcean and Amazon are both great. They are great in their own ways and for their own reasons.
DigitalOcean has relentless focus on simplicity. Compared to traditional VPS hosters it has the better interface and superior virtualization technology. Being KVM powered ourselves, we could not agree more with that choice.
AWS on the other hand is the first choice when true versatility is required. Few other providers support cloud native use cases, enterprise workloads and anything in between as well as Amazon does.
But here's the thing. There is no one size fits all. Different projects have different requirements and many developer teams proudly only agree to disagree.
So when the VPS like use case that DigitalOcean focuses on is all you need their simplicity is hard to beat. On the other hand, when you need all the versatility of AWS you are prepared to live with the complexity this brings.
We built Exoscale for teams that need more than DigitalOcean but don't want the AWS enterprise features to get in the way.