When comparing Gandi vs DigitalOcean, the Slant community recommends DigitalOcean for most people. In the question“What are the best VPS providers?” DigitalOcean is ranked 1st while Gandi is ranked 7th. The most important reason people chose DigitalOcean is:
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](https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials) for people new to VPS.
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Pro All-inclusive package
Pro Free unlimited subdomains
Pro Two-factor authentication
Pro Free email forwarding
Pro Free web mail
Pro Best in basic features
Pro Private Whois registration is included
Private whois registration is provided without any extra charges.
Pro Programmatic API support
Pro Strong Anti-SOPA stance
Gandi took a stand against SOPA.
Pro Access levels and delegating is easy
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.
Pro Pay-as-you-go with multiple payment options
Billing is done per hour. Each month has a 672 hour (28-day) billing cap with server runtime past that point being free of charge. DigitalOcean accepts payments via Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal.
Pro Competetive starter-level pricing
With pricing that starts at $5/month. It's a pretty cheap VPS provider.
Pro Extensive Tutorials/Guides
People can often find tutorials needed provided by DigitalOcean.
Pro Good API
DigitalOcean has an API for creating and destroying droplets and replicating droplet control panel functionality. The API is RESTful, uses oAuth, supports IPv6 and comes with an extensive documentation.
Pro (New) Block Storage Volumes
You can now attach dynamic distributed (assuming SAN) storage to a droplet. Multiple droplets cannot attach to the same volume. The storage is very affordable and there are easy to follow how-to guides.
(as of writing, only in certain datacenters)
Pro Flexible backup mechanism
Automatic backups can be made for 20% of the droplet price and an unlimited amount of snapshots at $0.02 per GB of storage can be made manually.
Con Can be perceived as lacking professionalism due to the blunt "no bs" tagline
At face value, Gandi's "no bs" marketing slogan and tone may be perceived as unprofessional, especially in the eyes of corporate or otherwise sensitive clients of yours.
Con Whois protection doesn't hide the name
Con No catch all email forwarding
Gandi does not support wildcard email forwarding for undefined addresses.
Con No DDoS protection
When Digital Ocean detects what they think may be a DoS attack, they will cut traffic to the droplet to avoid performance drops to neighbors etc. This means if your droplet comes under attack, or appears to be under attack, it will be disconnected from the network, effectively down.
Con Limited payment options
Con Setup is not as fast as advertised
A person who wants to set this up, set that up, configure this and so forth - and who has minimal time pressures would be okay. But the time it takes to be set up can be crucial for people who want to get up and running as fast as possible.
Con Don't accept Bitcoin yet
Even though it's one of the most voted suggestions on their customer feedback website, DigitalOcean does not accept any crypto-currency payment methods.
Con Limited Locations, compared to others
I know with many applications, locations are not always super important. However there are several good reason to have certain locations. Only having East Coast and West Coast happens to be an issue for us and a few of our partners.