I thought that Linode is competitively priced - is that a wrong assumption? (What is the pricing of Amazon's EC2 per year compared to Linode's?)
Linode is much cheaper than Amazon when you go over the whole year, but it just doesn't fit our needs.
They have APIs to manage on-demand instances as well.
Some key things I saw when I briefly checked it out:
-Their answers  regarding bandwidth bursting and fair bandwidth usage / sharing policies  is slightly ambiguous, or worrisome at least IMO, although maybe I'm just a cynic heh.
-They do include CPU bursting  similar to Linode.
-No private IP addresses . No mention of IPv6 either but perhaps they do support it? =(
-Their 'Features' page looks great but I can't find more specific information & details on some of the things mentioned such as:
A) US & Europe data center; is casually mentioned as being New York & Amsterdam only though.
B) The ability to upgrade a 'Droplet' VM to a dedicated instance that can use all the host resources.
C) No mention of VM resize speed / more info on the 'private network' aspects.
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Does anyone have any first-hand experience with DigitalOcean that could provide some insight?
I'll probably give it a whirl in the next few days as it looks to be a solid offering; would definitely be interested if anyone that may have gone with them already though!
It provides us with a lot of flexibility on how to build our service.
If anything, this has to be slashed in half somehow. It's been a few years since this has been adjusted.