1 Big Droplet or multple small ones

  • Posted September 2, 2013

Hi All,

Can someone assist me. I have 1 Droplet of $20,- and running 4 websites on it. What is better… hold my setup or split it to 4 $5,- or 2 $10,-

When i start HTOP i see no overload, and all websites are running very well…


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its best to split the website on the bases of applications, like mysql (DB) in 1 bigger droplet, 1 small proxy machine and 2 web server (nginx/apache) and if possible use local memcache servers to reduce network latency from mysql servers (digital ocean doesn’t provides local IPs) so better to have security established. I have tested network latency between to amsterdam servers and found it to be .012s. <br> <br>This way you can scale or tune which ever component is suffering. <br> <br>Can’t share my personal stats, but this works well for me so far :)

I say you use two droplets. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket ;)

xchaotic: It is not a business that is running on it. So that hard can’t it be. I was wandering what is better… :)

Well, with one ‘big’ droplet (which btw is not big in Internet terms) you have poor man’s balancing built it - all the websites automatically share the resources. <br>The downside is that a DDOS or a massive surge in popularity of one wbsite will make all the others go down too. <br>It’s your call I guess, but I’d recommend that you learn a bit more how to manage website availability, set up a proper CDN, failovers etc…

That was what i also thinking. I will think about it… :)

I tend to prefer lots of small pieces. Higher flexibility, higher availability. One could argue that it’s harder to manage.