Droplet is locked while performance testing

Posted June 14, 2016 2.1k views

Hi there,

Is performance test is now considered as DDOS attack? Today my droplet was locked due to DDOS attack while I was doing the performance test of our new API. Now I see the only option is to move to Amazon AWS. Can someone give the meaningful explanation of what happened to my droplet?

P.S. Initially DigitalOcean was positioning itself as cloud hosting services for developers, now I see it’s changed.


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It’s possible that the droplet gave you so much performance that it enabled you to negatively affect the whole hypervisor. In that case DigitalOcean would have to take action to make sure that the other users can also benefit from this extraordinary performance.

DigitalOcean is very much a cloud hosting service for developers, as evidenced by the thousands of unlocked droplets still running.

  • This is absolutely correct. There are two ways that you can see us take action related to high traffic.

    1.) Outgoing traffic - While we do not force a limit on your droplets we ask that you keep any continuous bandwidth use below 300mbps per droplet. A spike from short term testing would not present an issue here unless it was closer to 1gbps.

    2.) Incoming traffic - Incoming traffic in excess of 1gbps can result in your IP being blackholed (traffic cut off) for a 3 hour period.

    In both of these cases, these steps are taken to prevent issues for other droplets on the same physical hypervisor.