Ping isn't necessarily an issue for me, but legal requirements are. Certain privacy laws require documents to be stored on Australian shores. So I have to host everything elsewhere which is less than ideal.
I don't agree about excellent ping times. Typical latency to SGP1 is approx 260ms, while SF is 180ms, so no signups until they have something in Australia
For those who want DigitalOcean in Australia, please make sure to vote here:
That's the official channel to ask for improvements.