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Cost of Backups and Snapshots?

October 31, 2012 13.6k views
Is there any additional cost for utilizing automatic backups or snapshots? If so, is it something like a few cents per GB of storage the backup or snapshot takes up?
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I am so confused, because this says they do cost money!


https://www.digitalocean.com/community/articles/digitalocean-backups-and-snapshots-explained
This tutorial provides an explanation for how backup and snapshots work on DigitalOcean. Additionally, it includes information on how to scale, backup, and clone out servers with snapshots.
  • I know this is an older question, but I wanted to add a quick update for you and other users. Beginning October 1, 2016, we will begin charging for snapshot storage at $0.05 per gigabyte per month. It's an hourly price, so just like our other features, you only pay for what you use. Likewise, it is calculated from a compressed version of the snapshot — not the total disk space allocated for your Droplet.

I'm only a customer and this isn't an official response, but there is no charge for storage of backups or snapshots. I've been here since March 2012 and I've never gotten a charge for storage of backups or snapshots. Hope this helps.
Hi Scott. Thanks for answering, you are correct–just to confirm: there is no charge for backups and snapshots =]
does it take space from the droplets?
No-- backups are saved in a separate place.
@supernathansunshine @juan.fernandez this question is outdated - it was posted on October 31st, 2012.
  • I've been a customer for only three months and I have automatic backups enabled since the beginning.
    While I understand that they are supposed to cost 20% of the plan, I haven't been charged for them so far. In the all the invoices so far, there's an item that reads " (1GB Backup Services) ... $0.00"

    Is there a particular reason for that? I'm happy but I'd like to know.

from the control panel:
Please note: We will begin charging for automated backups starting on July 1st, 2013. You will receive your first bill for enabled backups on August 1st, 2013. Pricing is set at 20% of the Droplet's monthly cost (e.g. It will cost $1/mo. to enable backups for a 512MB Droplet).
Could you please confirm that snapshots are still free? If yes, how long they are stored?
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