Auto Scaling - possible with DO? And what are your suggestions on what/how?

I have a centos droplet here on DO, 8GB, with a Wordpress site on it.

I’m doing about 10,000 hits a day now. The server has handled spikes up to 16,000/day with no trouble.

But were publishing more and more and I’m concerned about getting a sudden surge of traffic. I want to be able to handle the digg effect as best as I can with little to no downtime.

So I’m looking at auto scaling. I see some hosts offer it through a control panel, but DO doesn’t seem to.

But I did find this:

It makes it look like I could scale up RAM, which is what I think would need during a crush… I think. Maybe CPU too? (Anyway to figure that out ahead of time?)

But I don’t see anything related to the pricing for scaling up specific resources like this (I thought all DO offered was the set plans, didn’t realize individual resources were available like this).

Or… would I be better off setting it up to scale up another droplet and load balancing (which I know little about)? And is that instant, or does it take a few minutes to scale up?

hmmm. I guess what I need is some suggestions on the best way to handle this issue. I’m not sure what the best solution is or if DO even has a good solution.

Appreciate any thoughts/ideas on this -


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you can simply use DO API. we have some example configs here:

the idea is to check the load on master droplet and start new droplet if load is too high. configure it, rsync files and inject ip into load balancer.


I needed to manage server creation form command line with some scripts, and I need it from different platforms (windows, linux, macos), so I’ve done it myself with java

you’ll can customize the script with digital ocean zone, hardware, etc…

Hello Chris,

We support autoscaling for Digital Ocean.

How to deploy autoscaling on DO:

Also refer to:

Please let us know how we can help.

Cheers, Madan

ps: Inject ip into load balancer is WIP, which can be performed by ActOnCloud Agent on HA Proxy.