DigitalOcean is a relatively young VPS provider with servers in New York, the Netherlands and San Francisco. My first introduction to them was working on a web app called RapPad which helps people write and share rap lyrics and which I started contributing to a few months ago after it caught my eye on Hacker News.

RapPad’s owner, Amir, had it up on a VPS with DigitalOcean, which I was only vaguely aware of. I was pretty blown away with the slickness of our deploys (typical Rails deployment bottlenecks like asset compilation were carried out with literally 4x the speed of on my EC2 instance) and the speed with which I could traverse the file system, install packages and do various administrative tasks.