Does bandwidth scale with Droplet?

  • Posted November 3, 2014

I’m thinking about hosting a project on Digital Ocean that may uses a lot of Traffic (5-10+ TB/Month outbound) I don’t want to pay for the biggest Server and 0.02$ per gigabyte is too much.

Is it allowed to create a small dropplet and as soon as bandwith gets short, make a snapshot, destroy it and create a new one from the snapshot to have a new 1TB traffic (load balancer)?

And if I have a 512MB Droplet with 1 TB of Bandwith and i scale it up to 1GB, do i get one TB traffic extra for a total of 2TB or do i get 2TB new traffic i can use?

Thanks for your answers.


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DigitalOcean gives you 9 different droplet sizes. The smallest package has 1 TB of data with another terabyte being added as you go up one step with the highest package having 9 TB of bandwidth. I’ve done some maths though based around the third package.

You get 3 TB of data for $20 a month. This leaves you with a minimum for 2 TB to cover with the additional cost.

2 TB is around 2000 GB. At the rate of $0.02 per GB, that will cost you can extra $40 a month.

This means, assuming you use the minimum of 5 TB per month, you will be charged $60 per month. There is no package at $60 and it will cost a further $20 to go up to the 5 TB package.

You also get the advantage of not having to pay for the extra bandwidth if you don’t use 5 TB (minimum). One month you may find yourself only needing 1 TB meaning you won’t get charged any extra. One month you may find yourself only needing 2.5 TB and you only get charged an extra $10.

While you are in a situation in which you need a lot of bandwidth and not a lot of the other aspects, I think DigitalOcean have made a smart decision to have everything scale with the amount of money you pay and then you get charged for using the extra bandwidth if you need it.