Hourly payment for VPS server?

I need a monster server for scraping (or many weaker servers). The deal here is that I have to launch >100 chromium instances (browsers) controlled by puppeteer for a couple of minutes whenever my script requests scraping. I saw on the pricing that all servers have “$HR” column. Does it mean that I can configure the server in the way that I get charged only for the time of scraping? For example, server cost $1200.00 per month and $1.78571 per hour, and I use it for 3 hours in one month, does it mean that I only pay $5.35713? And if it is possible, do I have to reconfigure and upload my scripts to the server every time I want to use it? Thank you beforehand!

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Hello @abokizh

When you power off your droplet it is simply powered off. Your disk space and data is still there and is preserved.

Keep in mind that you are still billed for droplets that are powered off because your disk space, CPU, RAM, and IP address are all reserved while it is powered off. If you want to save a Droplet for future use take a snapshot of it and then destroy it. You’ll be able to create a new Droplet from the snapshot image anytime to bring it back online.

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Hope that this helps! Regards, Alex

When a Droplet is off:

Its data and IP address are retained and its disk, CPU and RAM are reserved. You continue to accrue its data transfer allowance.

Warning: You will still be billed for a turned off Droplet. To end billing, destroy the Droplet instead.