1 Big Droplet or multple small ones

September 2, 2013 3.5k views
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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I tend to prefer lots of small pieces. Higher flexibility, higher availability. One could argue that it's harder to manage.
That was what i also thinking. I will think about it.. :)
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.
The downside is that a DDOS or a massive surge in popularity of one wbsite will make all the others go down too.
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...
xchaotic: It is not a business that is running on it. So that hard can't it be. I was wandering what is better.. :)
I say you use two droplets. Don't put all your eggs in one basket ;)
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.

This way you can scale or tune which ever component is suffering.

Can't share my personal stats, but this works well for me so far :)
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