Switching to DO: storing images

Posted July 2, 2014 8.1k views

Hi there! I’m new to DO and currently use AWS for my startup. I use S3 for storing images and EC2 to run the app, and some Route 53 which I could do without.

DO seems really promising for me, the only thing I’m worried about is that because my app allows users to store a lot of images, I’ll soon run out of disk space on DO.

I could of course still use S3 for storing, but am wondering how other DO users approach this. If you have enough computing power on your droplet, but not enough disk space, what’s the right approach?


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You have several options:

  • Use a NAS hoster to save your images (These tend to be expensive, I havent found anything below $100 per month for a TB of space - you can buy a NAS for this price)
  • Host your own NAS, you can find basic NASes at a price of down to 200 GB for a proper NAS interface+1 TB of HDD space.
  • Use the imgur API to store images if they are non-critical and publicly available. For commercial purposes, see their pricing at

You could keep using Amazon S3 for file storage, but host your website on a Droplet. We’re planning to offer object storage but there’s no ETA on that yet.

Has file storage been released ?