Are the cloud server plans fixed or flexible?

October 31, 2013 1.8k views
1. Are the cloud server plans fixed or flexible? I mean Can I take a $20 month plan and increase the disk size to 80 GB? 2. What is the OS on the server? 3. Are the servers dedicated or virtual machines? Thanks
  • While answers refer to FAQ (no direct link to topic?) and that server specs are permanent, the question still remains.

    When i pick the smallest droplet and then upgrade permanently, i can still downgrade flexible(temporarily) which downgrades only ram/CPU. now do i still have to pay for the permanent large box or do i pay for the downgraded?

  • The plans seem to be fixed in tiers. Even if you don't need certain resources you still have to pay for them.

    I may want to get a VM with just 512 MB RAM and 1 core processor but with maybe 160 GB disk (maybe I want to use it as a personal cloud storage server - it requires more disk space, but less RAM and CPU).

    Or there may be a case where I need 16 GB of RAM and an 8 core processor, but just 20 GB of disk space is more than enough (maybe I want to run some processor-intensive task as fast as possible, but the programs running the task only take up a little bit of disk space).

    It's quite sad that DigitalOcean does not support these kinds of scenarios, and does not offer much flexibility in the configuration of each VM (droplet). As for now, you have to look elsewhere for the flexbility.

  • Seems like DigitalOcean offers "Flexible" and "Permanent" resize options which can be played around with to get your custom config (half the time). You can match the core/RAM config from one tier with disk config from another. But you can always only increase the disk size.

    For my first case, I could get the $160 tier, then power off the server and use flexible resize to change to the $5 tier (in flexible resize, the disk size is not changed, so it remains as 160GB).

    For my second case, I could get the $5 tier, then power off and use flexible resize to change to the $160 tier (the disk size remains as 20GB).

    At this point it is unclear how the pricing will be determined after a flexible resize. Also it is very unclear how it will affect the monthly bandwidth quota ($5 = 1TB transfer, $160 = 6TB transfer). I asked a question here for these.

2 Answers
1. Server specs are what you pick, and you must get a new server to upgrade disk.
2. Your choice of what linux distribution you choose.*
3. Virtual machines.

* Only a handful of OS are available at this time.
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