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Do you think about cheaper droplets without public IP?

Posted February 15, 2018 2.2k views
Server OptimizationDigitalOceanBillingDeployment

Hi,

One of the details for billing you for having a disable droplet is that you must maintain the public ip. But because you can install vpn or balancer or stuff like that, being forced to create all the droplets with public ip it’s a bit heavy.

So, do you consider the option of avoid the ipv4/ipv6 public ip and allow us to be billed for the reserved storage in case of disable droplets?

Thanks for you time.
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Although there is a cost paid to acquire IPv4 IPs this isn’t passed on to customers. So if you could create droplets with just a private IPv4, IPv6 address there wouldn’t be a reduction in cost as it already isn’t added into the current droplets.

With the rollout of VPC which will provide you a fully segmented virtual private network you will eventually be able to create droplets that don’t have a public facing IP address and the benefit there is in regards to security, not cost reduction.

  • I Agree with you, cost reduction won’t affect but will the rollout of VPC ever happen? That would be a very neat addition.

    • That’s already happening.

      I believe there are about four phases for the full roll out and that has been going on for almost two years now behind the scenes.

      The first step was to rebuild the existing network topology with the new architecture so that it can support new features like a full VPC going forward and that part has been completed.

      From here it’s now about adding the additional features.

      Might be something that requires a blog post with an update to give an update of the work that has been completed and what is currently in progress and planned.

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