How large should our droplet be?

October 28, 2015 801 views
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We are running an event and are expecting ~ 200 concurrent users all using our PHP/MySQL system, on a LAMP server hosted by Digital Ocean. How large should we make our server? We are also expecting to run a bit of node.js for some live screens showing stats.

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I'd recommend starting with a 2gb Droplet - which should be sufficient for your needs, but if your needs grow, or you see any performance degradation due to resources, you can always upgrade to a larger Droplet very easily by following this guide:

Resizing your servers can be an effective way of increasing their capacity, by allowing them to utilize more memory (RAM), CPU, and disk storage. The ability to resize a server, also known as vertical scaling, can be useful in a variety of situations that prompt the need for a more powerful server, such as if your concurrent user base increases or if you need to store more data. In this tutorial, we will show you how to resize your server, also known as a droplet, on DigitalOcean.
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