Inbound vs Outbound

June 26, 2018 2.2k views
Networking Storage


Can someone explain to me more detail about the difference between Inbound and Outbound (Traffic/Bandwith).

And on the DO’s Storage, what does “1TB of outbound transfer” means?

Let say my 2 web users are watching the videos that are stored on my DO’s Storage, each one of them are watching 1Gb video, does it means that the “Outbound Transfer is 2Gb?” or it’s “Inbound Transfer is 2Gb”?

Thank You

2 Answers


Outbound transfer = data leaving DigitalOcean’s network.

Inbound transfer = data entering DigitalOcean’s network.

So if you have 2 web users watching a 1gb video served from a DigitalOcean Droplet or Storage, that will show up as 2GB Outbound transfer

If you have 2 web users uploading 1gb video to a DigitalOcean Droplet or Storage, that will not count against your outbound transfer because it is all inbound.

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