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DigitalOcean alternative - Why is UpCloud better

Key points

We truly believe that enterprise-grade performance and reliability should be available to everyone! With this thought in mind, we developed our own storage technology MaxIOPS.

It’s explicitly built to give you the best I/O performance per dollar, without sacrificing any reliability! We have actually limited the performance at 100,000 IOPS per virtual disk to give you high performance at all times. As a result, we offer one of the fastest block storage that is often twice as fast as enterprise-grade SSD.

To this day we stay the fastest cloud server provider currently available on the market. Don’t believe us? Check this in-depth comparison by Cloud Spectator of the 10 best European cloud providers on the market. We are #1 performance leader in Europe.

And you don’t need worry about the extra costs of migrating from a different cloud provider. We offer an exclusive 2-month free cloud migration period for our business customers.

DigitalOcean pricing does not provide you with the freedom of scaling resources independently (i.g. RAM, Storage, CPU). For example, to scale an application your only option is to switch to the next available plan tier and increase your overall costs.

DigitalOcean alternative UpCloud lets you choose what fits in your budget. You can select one of the Simple plans or choose CPU, RAM and Storage individually with our Flexible planning.

Resources are billed by the usage. If you shut down a freely scalable cloud server, you only pay for the reserved storage and IP addresses.

DigitalOcean doesn’t support Windows servers! UpCloud provides you with both Linux and Windows server options. Choose from your favourite Linux distributions or use the latest Windows Server to deploy your cloud servers.

UpCloud is a part of the Microsoft License Mobility Program and Authorised Mobility Partner. This allows you to migrate existing workloads to UpCloud without any license hassle!

What our users have to say

Case Studies

How Finqu attained 100% availability with superior performance

Previously, we ended up wasting a lot of time investigating and resolving technical problems. In contrast, we've been extremely happy hosting on UpCloud thanks to their reliable infrastructure.

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How Vaimo achieved faster time to market with performance to spare

Our services have benefited from the new solution resulting a faster time to market with the performance that is required with large eCommerce systems.

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How Wunder unified their infrastructure in all regions

Our projects vary greatly between implementations, therefore, we really wanted to unify our infrastructure. UpCloud has proven to be flexible enough to allow us to adapt to different needs with minimal effort.

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How Haltu built intricate customer solutions on simplicity

UpCloud's offering is simple and easy to understand, cloud servers with a little bit of networking, nothing overly fancy and that's exactly what we want.

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How PointerBP found relief from maintenance in new partnership

Each day our systems ingest large quantities of data and with UpCloud we know that the hardware management is in trustworthy and experienced hands.

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How Anders built their services on minimum maintenance

Consolidating almost everything hosting related to a single provider has been a huge management relief for our system administrators.

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How Polystream’s low latency application streaming reached new audiences

We are always looking to broaden our global reach and thanks to UpCloud we are able to deliver great quality streams to regions yet unreachable by traditional 3D streaming methods.

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How Ruby Studio built trusted design on reliability

With the new solution, we have achieved complete transparency and control. If we experience issues with a server, our server team will always be on top of it even before a client reports the issue.

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How Critical Force supercharged their game with MaxIOPS

UpCloud has enabled us to run large datasets on individual servers. Due to the extreme IOPS performance, we’ve consolidated our services from tens of hosts to but a few high-powered systems.

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How Evermade cloudified their company infrastructure

Cloud-based company infrastructure has provided many benefits. For example, working remotely is a breeze since our work is not tied to any office location or even a specific computer.

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How Fraktio attained rock-solid stability

We have been enjoying the competitive pricing. On top of that, the customer service is always very friendly and responsive thanks to UpCloud being far less corporate than other providers.

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How Sitesbi raised their SLA way above industry norms

Thanks to your offerings, our SLA is almost as good as yours. Your backups are also, in our experience, the best in the market. It was love at first sight.

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How Barabra took control of their cloud hosting solution

We're able to adapt to different situations much better thanks to being in full control of our software stack. The ability to activate and deactivate instances on-demand has proven very useful.

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How SportMonks increased their API performance to new heights

The new servers at UpCloud are so much faster on the disk, CPU, and memory performance. We get way more requests out of the same amount of money that the migration was well worth it.

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UpCloud DigitalOcean Difference
Instance 1 CPU, 1GB Memory, 25GB MaxIOPS 1 CPU, 1GB Memory, 25GB SSD -
Location London London -
Price (USD) $5/mo $5/mo -
Disk I/O (sysbench, 4 KB random read) 118142 IOPS 60357 IOPS +2.0x
Disk I/O (sysbench, 4 KB random write) 31723 IOPS 8645 IOPS +3.7x
CPU(sysbench, CPU) 5760 4294 +1.3x
Memory(sysbench, Memory) 1579624 ops/s 941019 ops/s +1.7x

UpCloud is like tank.

It helps us deal with incoming traffic of 1,8 TB/day on a single e-commerce site. Achievement “100% SLA” completed 🙂

Adam Piotrowski, Lead Software Engineer

Nimble IaaS provider

If you’re looking for a nimble IaaS provider, check out UpCloud. Great service, good prices, all-around nice guys =)

Tapio Äijälä

Significant database access speedup

Brought up another UpCloud server & activated the most troublesome site on it – significant database access speedup, looks like we have a winner!

Peter Maloy

As far as I see, UpCloud’s new DC in Helsinki is SO GOOD. It’s surely lovely. 🙂

Makoto Mizukami

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Helsinki (HQ)

In the capital city of Finland, you will find our headquarters, and our first data centre. This is where we handle most of our development and innovation.


London was our second office to open, and a important step in introducing UpCloud to the world. Here our amazing staff can help you with both sales and support, in addition to host tons of interesting meetups.


Singapore was our 3rd office to be opened, and enjoys one of most engaged and fastest growing user bases we have ever seen.


Seattle is our 4th and latest office to be opened, and our way to reach out across the pond to our many users in the Americas.