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While this has vastly improved with the introduction of block storage (encrypted replicated, network attached storage), "spaces" (object storage), load-balancers, etc... there is still a lot a developer would miss coming from such complete ecosystems as AWS, Azure, or GAE. It's not uncommon to set up your own backups, fail-over, load-balancers, orchestration/scaling, distributed storage, distributed database. etc. For those comfortable with orchestration this is fine, and the prices of droplets are low. However there are new users who don't seem to understand that the responsibility for orchestrating availability, backups, recovery, etc. is on the user. See More
DigitalOcean has a control panel that's intuitive and easy to use, new servers (Droplets) can be spun up in under a minute and they offer stock "apps" (LAMP, RoR, Wordpress) that can be deployed instantly. There's also an extensive documentation for people new to VPS. See More
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Linode allows you to create memory partitions and copy or move them around. Furthermore, it even lets you reboot your instance with smaller RAM in order to simulate how your application would act if your Linode instance gets downgraded. See More
If you mess things up in your Linode instance, for example with the filesystem or boot configuration, Linode allows you to run a recovery ISO so you can try and fix things yourself without relying on Linode's support team. See More
While starting with Heroku is fast and easy, and the first few deployments are actually very fast, larger applications tend to have slower deployments. It takes some time for the dynos to restart and while they are restarting the application is completely offline. Which means that you can lose precious seconds of application time. See More
Heroku has a vast list of plugins and services that can be added to an instance. These plugins cover things from databases to email systems. This remove the task of having to install services and setting them up manually. Heroku does it all for you. See More
Getting started with Heroku is very easy. It's a very straightforward procedure and a beginner can set up their first app in two minutes. Often it's just a matter of a couple of git commands and it's all set up and running. The official Heroku docmentation also helps a lot. See More
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Aldryn Cloud takes django CMS a step further by facilitating modern, independent collaboration practices. It’s designed with real-time collaboration in mind and to help increase work productivity. Aldryn allows you to work with two classes of user, Collaborators and Clients (CMS-only users). See More
Within the dashboard it's very easy for any user to access projects and create/deploy new ones. But with tools like the Command-Line Client that allows local development, Aldryn users are in charge of their code and have complete access (full project source code access, full database access, full Git repository access). With Aldryn web professionals avoid to repeat the same tasks over and over again, but it's not a platform for occasional web creators. See More