Docker hosting that works for you

DigitalOcean provides a wide range of affordable docker hosting options designed to let you focus on your business and your code rather than the hassles of deployment.

Hosting for any Docker container load

DigitalOcean’s web hosting products and services bring affordability and reliability to your loads in Docker containers: from building a simple website to microservices and APIs to heavy-duty databases and enterprise-level applications. We offer dependable performance, rapid page load times and high uptime, at a price that won’t break your budget.

Mix and match the best products for your Docker hosting

DigitalOcean’s cloud infrastructure products provide unparalleled coverage with plenty of support so you can deploy and scale in just a few clicks.

Virtual Machines

Virtual Machines

DigitalOcean virtual machines, Droplets, provide flexible and simple-to-use compute for all your website and application needs. Droplets scale with demand–so you can grow without worrying about your underlying infrastructure. Choose between low-cost shared servers with Shared CPU Droplets or a full-power dedicated server with Dedicated CPU Droplets. With a 99.99% uptime SLA, your compute will be in good hands.

Managed Kubernetes

Managed Kubernetes

Deploy, manage, and scale your Docker containerized applications with DigitalOcean Kubernetes. We’ll deal with managing your underlying infrastructure with the power of Kubernetes. We offer simple-to-use UI, one-click deployments, and flexible scaling options that integrate with our whole suite of cloud products and services. With DigitalOcean Kubernetes, you also get the control plane for free and easy migration that prevents vendor lock-in.

Block Storage

Block Storage

Attach secure, scalable, highly available NVMe-based block storage, Volumes, to your Kubernetes clusters with Docker containerization and gain speeds faster than SSDs and traditional HDD storage. Programmatically control your storage through our API and rest easy with regular backups through SnapShooter, starting at the affordable price of $10/mo.

Managed Databases

Managed Databases

DigitalOcean has many Managed Databases options including MongoDB, PostgresSQL, MySQL, and Redis®. Our managed databases are easy to set up and maintain, can scale with your business, deploy as part of your Docker container, and include end-to-end security and free daily backups.

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Plan for scale. It will be more expensive in the beginning but worth it in the end. We are glad we set ourselves up for success with DigitalOcean.Read case study

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Deploy a Docker virtual machine in one-click

Ready to get started with Docker hosting on DigitalOcean? Create a Droplet virtual machine with Docker pre-installed (docker-engine, docker-compose), in just one-click.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Docker hosting?

Docker hosting, or a Docker host, is a physical or virtual server (aka virtual machine) on which you run Docker. Docker runs workloads in a Docker container or Docker containers. Docker hosting allows your Docker engine to allocate portions of your host’s computing power to these specific Docker containers while keeping each Docker container separate from each other.

Why would I use Docker hosting for my Docker containers?

If you are using Docker to help with your application’s deployments, you’ll want to use a cloud platform or hosting platform that has experience with, and can actively host, docker containers. Docker hosting platforms will enable your application to leverage the full power of Docker—from the moment you install Docker to using the Docker hub to managing your Docker images.

Many modern applications use Docker hosting platforms today because the ability to run Docker containers is very powerful when making frequent deployment changes to your application, especially as you scale.

There are many benefits to using Docker for your deployments (and thus using Docker hosting platforms specifically for your Docker hosting or hosting in general). Some of these advantages include:

  • Standardization and consistency across your application, providing reproducible development, build, testing, and live production environments and loops. DigitalOcean can even improve this further by making it even easier to deploy and manage Docker containers (check out our one-click install application).

  • Rapid development that can reduce deployment times to mere seconds, allowing you to focus on what you’re building rather than the process of deploying what you’re building. As a hosting provider, DigitalOcean cares about your time, which should be spent on your startup, not the hassles of cloud infrastructure (e.g., server location, managing data centers, ssd storage, api access, root access, etc.). We’ll take the hassle out of your development and Docker hosting.

  • Cost savings from dramatic reductions in cloud infrastructure spending (especially if you’re using a typically more expensive cloud provider such as the Google Cloud Platform/Google Cloud Run or Amazon ECS). DigitalOcean offers affordable pricing for our Docker hosting platform.

Our philosophy as a Docker hosting platform is that managing your Docker containers should make your life as a builder easier.

Who offers the best Docker hosting? What are the best hosting platforms for Docker? How do I know if I’m using the best Docker hosting?

We recommend doing your research, looking into the best Docker hosting platforms on the market, and picking the one that has the best products, services, and pricing to meet your business needs.

DigitalOcean’s Docker hosting offers many complementary services, additional features, and add-ons for businesses looking to deploy with Docker. Here are some features you may want to ensure your provider offers are:

  • Easy Docker installation (DigitalOcean has our one-click Docker install virtual machine—one-click Docker deployment or Docker install)

  • Free control plane—paying for infrastructure with no premium for using Kubernetes (DigitalOcean Kubernetes includes the control plane for free)

  • A reliable operating system for hosting a Docker image and experience running containers

  • Managed databases that work with your Docker custom applications (out of reliable data centers so you don’t need to have your own data centers)

  • GitHub integrations or your needed GitHub integration and edge services for edge locations

  • Support for multiple regions and global routing with overall high availability

  • Access management tools and UI for your team

  • Cluster monitoring and direct control when you need it

  • SSD storage and root access for all the containers you’re using

  • Custom health checks and support for your hosting, operating system, and overall build

DigitalOcean is a great option for hosting Docker and we would love to be your hosting operating system. However, do your own research to find the best fit for your specific use-case.

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