Why is App Platform data transfer so low and only per app not container?

I was playing with the app platform and the pricing seems weird here…

  1. Why is it only 100 gig / month (pro tier)
  2. Why is is based on app and not container

As stated, why is it only 100/gig a month when basic droplets offer like 5 TB… what would cause the app platform to have such a low transfer limit in comparison to a standard droplet?

Second, why do I pay 12.00 / month per container but add another 12 / month I don’t get another 100 gig transfer… this seems backwards, what am I paying 12 per container for if I only get computer and not the extra transfer that I would if I had 2 apps with 1 container?

Also, overage pricing seems way out of whack… .10 / gig … To get the same 5tb of transfer you get with a standard droplet would cost $500.00 I don’t understand this at all, you can run a standard droplet with 5tb transfer for like 10 bucks a month but on app platform you pay 500… Am I missing something here?

Don’t get me wrong, I understand managed / unmanaged but really… This should be changed to be closer to the droplet transfers and lower the overages, I can’t see any serious production application using app platform due to the price when you can just create a docker image and roll your own for a fraction of the cost, I mean, again correct me if I’m wrong here but based on what I can see

App Platform price : 2 containers 1gig / 1 vcpu @ 5 tb transfer = 524 / Month

Regular docker : 2 container 2vcpu / 4 gig ram @ 4tb each = 40 / Month

Am I wrong here?

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Hi SmallAquamarineFish,

You’re correct. Prices for bandwidth are different between App Platform and Droplets. App Platform not only manages the underlying infrastructure for your web services, but also the edge connection which includes a CDN with global coverage, automatic SSL/TLS, and DDoS protection for your app. When you use App Platform, the bandwidth price includes this services, while Droplets bandwidth only includes the connection out of the data center.

If your applications are bandwidth heavy (e.g. video streaming, VPN) Droplets/DOKS might be a better choice. On the other hand, if you’re building a web app, backend for a mobile app, APIs or static sites, App Platform will provide security, ease of use, and the ability seamlessly scale.

Best, Moises


I understand it does include the other features however what seems odd to me is why only the bandwidth is based on apps and not running pods.

The pricing should be tied to each pod. If you charge 12.00 per running pod I should get 100 gig per pod or, the cost for additional pods should be a lot lower.

Based on the documentation, the outbound is pooled (this is odd too if you ask me but whatever)

So if I have 3 ‘pro’ apps, I would get 300 gig egress, at a cost of $36.00 / month however 1 ‘pro’ app with 3 containers will cost me the same but I don’t get 100 / gigs transfer…

Do you see the disconnect here? Why am I paying the full price but getting less. The transfer should be tied to each pod, so scaling your infrastructure should scale everything, not just the compute. Again, if you align the cost better then maybe this is not a big deal but charging the same price for a new container as a new app but giving less seems backwards, making this a less attractive offer for any production use.

Would really like to get an answer from DO on this too, are there any plans to increase this or at least give some background as to why it so low?