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What plan should I choose for a files download server ?

  • Posted January 10, 2015

I’m building a server which allows users download files to their devices. Each file is about 20MB in size. What plan should I choose to gain a high download speed ? And what server should I choose ?

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The one thing that goes through my mind now is that you could deploy a droplet nearest to the geographical region where most of your users are located. The alternative would be to use a droplet in tandem with a CDN (provided that it would support file hosting)

Thank @Florinilinescu. What about download speed? What can I do to improve the speed?

You could try to multiply the average file size with the estimated number of dowloads. If you are serving files that average 20MB and you get 1000 downloads each day that would equal 20GB outgoing bandwidth each day. That would mean around 600GB per month.

Is there any formula to describe the dependence of number of users, number of files and plan?

It depends on your requirements. How many people will download the file? How many files are you going to store in your sever?


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Hello, all

Choosing the right Droplet plan depends on your workload. An oversized Droplet would underuse its resources and cost more, but an undersized Droplet running at full CPU or memory would suffer from degraded performance or errors.

You can also resize a Droplet to a larger plan after creation, including resizing to a larger Droplet plan of a different kind. For example, you can resize from a Basic Droplet plan to a larger CPU-Optimized Droplet plan. See the Droplet pricing page for a full list of plans and prices.

You can always check our tutorial on Choosing the Right Droplet Plan

https://docs.digitalocean.com/products/droplets/resources/choose-plan/

Hope that this helps! Regards, Alex

This question was answered by @Florinilinescu:

You could try to multiply the average file size with the estimated number of dowloads. If you are serving files that average 20MB and you get 1000 downloads each day that would equal 20GB outgoing bandwidth each day. That would mean around 600GB per month.

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