Confused with backup pricing

  • Posted on January 29, 2015
  • sirkong2Asked by sirkong2

Hi. Today I received and email from Digital Ocean telling me that as from February they will be actually charging for backups (they where saying they would but they didn’t).

On their email they say: "Starting in February, however, you will begin to see charges for backups on your monthly invoice. Backups will now happen on a weekly basis, with at least four backups occurring per month. You’ll only be charged for a maximum of four backups in any given month and you’ll never be charged for backups that fail to happen."

Now, on the community pages I found this link:

Which says: “DigitalOcean backups cost 20% the monthly cost of your Droplet. So for a $5 Droplet, DigitalOcean backups will cost $1, bringing your monthly total to $6.”

I’m a bit confused. If I have a $5 Droplet will I be charged $6 a month or $9 a month (if no backup fails)?

Thank you!

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Ohhh now I understand. The wording definitely didn’t help. Thanks for your clear answer, hope it helps others. Cheers.

Hi all,

Sorry about the confusion on this. I see how the phrasing “you’ll only be charged for a maximum of four backup in a given month” is a bit unclear.

Backups are still a flat rate of 20% of the cost of the droplet. So enabling backups on a $5 droplet will be $1 per month. On a $10 droplet it will be $2, and so on.

Part of this change is our promise that backups will happen on a regularly scheduled weekly basis, with at least four backups occurring per month. The control panel will show you when the next backup is scheduled to occur. If we fail at our promise, the normal monthly cost of backups will be reduced accordingly. If a backup failure leaves you with only three backups for the month, that will reduce the flate rate to 15%.