DO Ideas 2

Update your prices

Hello,

DigitalOcean is good, really good, but there is a little problem. Other VPS Services have much more Storage or even more CPU's for the same price e.g.:

DO: 8GB RAM 4Core 80GB SSD 5TB Trans. 80$
Linode: 8GB RAM 6Core 192GB SSD 8TB Trans. 80$
Vultr: 8GB RAM 4Cote 150GB SSD 5TB Trans. 80$

  • Anonymous
  • Sep 11 2018
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  • Sep 11, 2018

    Admin Response

    Happy to be able to share this news - we've upgraded our Droplet plans across the board. You can read the full announcement with details here: https://blog.digitalocean.com/new-droplet-plans/
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  • Mike Smith commented
    September 11, 2018 16:48

    This is a shame that DO is trying to suppress user voices. There was another older thread on this topic with a more descriptive title, which has been the most voted suggestion, hence, always on top of the "top ideas". They seem to have merged that suggestion into this new one to make it difficult to show up and start over the votes.

    On the topic now. I have been using DO for quite some time, but I have moved to Linode because DO doesn't seem to be willing to lower the prices in a long while while the competition is going in the different direction.

  • Jan commented
    September 11, 2018 16:48

    I am moving back to Linode with the release of ubuntu 18.04. And not planning to change my decision even if they change their price after all this time.

  • Liyanage commented
    September 11, 2018 16:48

    @Anonymous
    You are right. I am currently moving to vultr because of this prices problem. Vultr has free snapshots, high performance system for just $5.
    See I tested vultr $5 package and digitalocean $10 package here. As you can see vultr beats DigitalOcean at half of the price. Digitalocean should clearly update their prices, and also hardware if they want to improve their quality. Not advertising vultr here, I love DO, but I don't have a choice than moving if you don't update.
    https://serverscope.io/trials/Pak2#system
    https://serverscope.io/trials/72ox#system

  • maszd commented
    September 11, 2018 16:48

    Hmm...nothing changed.
    moved now to linode, will back again if DO changed they price.
    thanks.

  • Jesper commented
    September 11, 2018 16:48

    Agreed!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 16:48

    From the perspective of a WordPress developer, most WordPress installs need at least 1GB of RAM to function properly, so I think the basic $5 droplet should have a minimum 1GB of RAM. It makes sense to me that it would be the minimum, since that's what the most popular CMS requires to run... if a website/application requires something beefier, of course a premium price would be fair. I think most people love DigitalOcean for their service and features, but double the RAM for the same price from your competitors is really enticing... or from another perspective, paying double in hosting with DO adds up!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 16:48

    Looks like this got merged with the other similar post. Does that mean we will hear something about this soon?

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 16:48

    1GB of RAM for $5 please.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 16:48

    +3

  • Jan commented
    September 11, 2018 16:48

    I have used Linode vps service for 3 years. Their service is rock solid. I moved DO because of their 5$ vps option. I didn't need more ram but I needed cheaper service with similar quality.
    But I will move again, because they provide better specs with similar service quality at the same price. DO should act soon or they will loose customers like me.

  • Jos G. commented
    September 11, 2018 16:48

    Thanks for the tip. With DO down for hours now, I will vote with my feet.

  • Alexander Yamshanov commented
    September 11, 2018 16:48

    Hi,

    You can use $5 server with Plesk if you install Linux with a swap. Minimal hardware requirements for Plesk is 512Mb + 1Gb swap (https://docs.plesk.com/release-notes/onyx/hardware-requirements/)

    Also, you can look at two How-Tos from DigitalOcean:
    - How To Add Swap Space on CentOS 7: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-add-swap-on-centos-7
    - How To Add Swap Space on Ubuntu 16.04: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-add-swap-space-on-ubuntu-16-04

  • Ben Yanke commented
    September 11, 2018 16:48

    Yeah, linode is a different service. DO has lots of extra features and extras around the edges. I'm more than happy to pay extra for the extra side services.

  • maszd commented
    September 11, 2018 16:48

    +1 :)

  • maszd commented
    September 11, 2018 16:48

    perhaps 1gb droplet its $5 :)

  • TKDW commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Thank for recommend alternative service. I have been looking for new cloud for all of my project since DO fraud me.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Tried to install plesk on a 512MB ram and it corrupted. Also most competitors offer 1GB at starting price. Very happy with the service do not wish to change provider because of something this stupid and straightforward.

  • Nkansah Rexford commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Trust me, they don't plan to, at least from how it seems. This has been a long-standing discussion: See here: https://digitalocean.uservoice.com/forums/136585-digitalocean/suggestions/15164775-make-your-pricing-competitive-with-linode-s

    DO is so thick-headed to dance to the market tunes. They're so arrogant and feel invincible. The twist will be so quick they wouldn't have time to process.

  • Jason Underhill commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    I was tempted with Linode but unfortunately it doesn't offer half the features and flexibility that DO does. I'll take the slight hit on performance and make my life a lot easier!

  • Ben commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Note that Linode has just introduced a $5 Linode, which matches DO's $5 offering, except it offers double the RAM. Unless DO beefs up the RAM, my $5 droplets are probably going to become $5 Linodes.

  • Himanshu commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Hello I just want to use the $5 instance, but recently Linode offers it with 1GB ram, I almost alwasy find myself running out of RAM when I ssh into DigitalOcean.

    Would you be willing to upgrade my machine with same spec as Linode for $5 per month?

  • Jonathan Paugh commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    The biggest thing DO saves me is time! It's so much easier to focus on building my app, rather than on building the architecture. That said, for a production app, I'd probably be comparing the pricing of DO to GCE, as much as much as to Linode.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49
  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Linode is trash, sorry.

  • Murph commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    For Clojure apps, the RAM issue is difficult. Even limiting the JVM's heap allocation and metaspace parameters, a single process minimally requires ~350 MB of memory. I'm reluctantly considering moving to Linode.

  • Retronoodle commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    I think DO gives great support and has a better quality network. So I don't think they need to *match* anyone. The overall value just has to be more, and they need to make sure all current and prospective customers know this.

  • Frank commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    > @Antonios Chariton: but from my experience Digital Ocean's servers and network has been of better quality that Linode's..

    This could be your perception and I am not challenging that. However, a recent benchmark is showing the opposite.

    https://joshtronic.com/2016/12/01/ten-dollar-showdown-linode-vs-digitalocean-vs-lightsail/

  • Fahad commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    I'm currently with Linode, I'll move immediately to DO once their price same as Linode's price

  • Fred commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    At least make this option available to droplets with reasonable usage. Abusers could be left out of this kind of deal.

  • Antonios Chariton commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Not that I wouldn't like cheaper prices of course, who wouldn't, but from my experience Digital Ocean's servers and network has been of better quality that Linode's..

  • Joseph Abdallah commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Jeeze. I'm going to cut my monthly $80 DO bill in half and have more resources!? I'm moving.

  • Frank commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    We were planning to migrate to DO, but decided to remain with Linode and renewed our subscription for yet another year. DO is not playing competitive as per our assessment.

  • Mat commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Currently we are using seven droplets of 2GB each to form a Docker Swarm cluster. We are also using 2TB (and growing) of block storage. Our droplets are running Docker containers are are quite stateless, so we do not use the backup service and keep the backup of the production images in our private DockerHub registry and replicate data offsite nightly. This costs us about $340 (140 + 200). The local storage that comes with each droplet is only used for local caching.

    We are now testing the replication of our service on Linode which would cost us only $70 for the compute nodes with 2GB memory each. Then we can use Amazon EBS for storage which will cost roughly $200. Linode also offers discounts of annual payments. This way we will save about $1,000 yearly.

    We liked the interface of DO and it helped us with small $5 nodes initially when we were starting. However, if a company is too slow to respond to the price changes of the competition and does not perform on benchmarks (https://joshtronic.com/2016/12/01/ten-dollar-showdown-linode-vs-digitalocean-vs-lightsail/) as good as the competition then there is very little reason to stay with the company.

    We are all set to migrate to Linode in two weeks.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Please get the price match!

  • Ben commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Linode has this habit of periodically increasing RAM, storage space, transfer or other features while keeping the price the same, particularly on the company's birthday on June 16. Expect them to continue this, and either be prepared to match it, or expect to start losing business to Linode.

    Back in 2014, I just about had work primed to switch from Linode to DO, when Linode had another RAM doubling, introduced hourly billing, and switched to SSDs. That pretty well made Linode's pricing match to DO's, and prevented the switch. Since then, they've introduced a $10 Linode, switched to KVM, and had yet another RAM doubling. I'm unlikely to convince work to switch to DO unless DO starts matching Linode.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Man dont trust Vultr , they support really slow and really bad , i have long story in Vultr :
    im try register in Vultr 1 account , 1 week is good , yes , i have event of they , 1 week later i want open one more vps and send ticket for they help me , they dont help me and close my event , what the hell ? i dont know they do that with Customer , They call me send my info , Yes i will send it , And after I have submitted , they sillent and no support . lol , Bullshit Vultr

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    i really want u open sever in japan , its will good more vultr

  • Daniel Lo Nigro commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    BuyVM have something similar (8 GB RAM, 160 GB SSD storage, 2 dedicated cores @ 3.5 GHz) for $30 per month: https://buyvm.net/kvm-dedicated-server-slices

  • Robert Klebes commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    RAM is the main reason I've been investigating Linode. The management interface is abysmal, but nearly everything I need to run is RAM-hungry, and getting double the memory for the same price has had me seriously looking at Linode. I really don't _want_ to switch, as DO has shown to be an excellent company that I _want_ to give my business to, but memory is my bottleneck these days. I don't need 100GB of storage, I could do with 5 or 10, what I need is a more competitive price on memory. From kolab to any of the atlassian products, anything I might care to run these days needs 2GB _each_.

  • Aviv commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Any updates on this?
    Linode offer double ram for the same price.

  • Alexandre Emeriau commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Ok, but if we go this way then we could mention these one having even better pricing than linode :

    - 1&1 https://www.1and1.fr/serveurs-virtuels?__reuse=1436485288053&__frame=_top&__lf=Static
    - ovh https://www.ovh.com/fr/vps/vps-cloud.xml

  • Andy Heathershaw commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    I agree with the sentiments, however my only comment is Linode have had a lot of downtime this year across their data centres due to DDoS attacks - the highest profile one being 10 days (I think it was) over Christmas 2015.

    I've not heard of any severe DDoS taking out a whole datacentre at DO.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    when comes to pricing & resources, its sad that DO just fall behind linode and vultr. :(
    they should do something about this or else people will surely consider to move.

  • Victor commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    I voted for encreasing RAM. It is more critical parameter for my applications than CPU or storage space. And RAM is not expensive in our days, so I think DO can double it.

  • Adrian commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    too tempted to switch too

  • Talal commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Vultr.com offers 4 cores too! we really need this.

  • Ben Yanke commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    So essentially DO is $10/gb ram/mo and linode is closer to $5/gb/mo. Frankly, DO seems to have better service, a more consistent networking structure, and more consistent feature addition.

    Big picture, this doesn't seem to be the biggest deal to me, frankly.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    $10/mo = 2gb ram - 1 core (Linode)
    $10/mo = 1gb ram - 1 core (DO)

    I'm thinking move to Linode......

  • Leonardo commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    The basic plan at Linode is very interesting. Maybe it is time to change.

  • Mentor Gashi commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    This must be a joke, you should support DO with all what you've got... They are surely having a difference in the market at all terms.. Otherwise they'd be gone earlier..

  • Jp commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    wow I didn't knew linode, I think I'll move my 10USD droplets to linode.

  • The Digital Orchard commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    One problem with just matching the competition is that then someone will increase again and DO will "no longer be competitive". It's a cat-and-mouse game. Think about iPhones.... people will say "my Android has a faster CPU and double the RAM, so it's better"... uh no... raw CPU cycles and memory capacity do not determine overall performance. The software is a huge factor in how the device's hardware performs. So for DO droplets, optimizing the software is the best way to get the most bang for your buck. I've gone from running a single virtual server with a 8 cores (impressive, right?) for $80 a month to 10 droplets @ $5 each (effectively 10 cores) for $50. More cores spread across the same number of sites for less money. So raw specs are meaningless if the software itself is not optimized for the hardware.

  • The Digital Orchard commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    DO has a $5 option, which does make them competitive on one front. And it seem that all Droplets have equal 10gb connections to the outside world where as Linode's connections range radically from 125mb to 100gb (?). So value must be measured by more than just RAM and core specs. I think DO's offerings are fairly competitive in the US market (not speaking for us Canadian's when the exchange rate kicks in).

  • Martin commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    $10/mo = 2gb ram - 1 core (Linode)
    $10/mo = 1gb ram - 1 core (DO)

    If capacity was just doubled on DO, that would make it competitive.

  • Mark commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Cloud hosting just got more competitive. Your move DO.

  • Joe commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    DO: 4GB RAM 2 Cores $40

    Linode: 8GB RAM 4 Cores $40

    Twice the computing power for the same price point. Linode wins. If DO doesn't act soon... it loses!

  • Joe commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Since this post DO has become even less price competitive!!!!

    DO: 4GB 2 core $40

    Linode: 8GB 4 core $40

  • Robbo commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    $40/mo = 8gb ram - 4 cores (Linode)
    $40/mo = 4gb ram - 2 cores (DO)

    Sort it out... or lose market share.

  • Ben commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Note that Linode has done one of their periodic "Double the RAM at the same price" price upgrades. Linode now significantly undercuts Digital Ocean's pricing. Will Digital Ocean match prices/RAM with Linode, or will DO let Linode become the preferred provider?

  • Yaniv Mirel commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Right now Linode is offering a $40 plan that Digitalocean offer for $80.
    This is insane.
    Digitalocean was the first company to offer cheap VPS and now its become one of the most expensive among cloud vps.

  • Zach commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Yes! SSD space is a huge problem here. I've been having to upgrade my servers purely for SSD space while the rest of my resources are sitting at very comfortable numbers.

  • Jesse Pasichnyk commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    I use both DigitalOcean and Linode, but Linode offers 2x the cpu resources at the same price point.

  • Liyanage commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    $4 VPS which has 1GB RAM, 1Core CPU, 4TB bandwidth per month, 300mbps bandwidth, 30GB space.

  • Fahad commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    I've servers on linode and DO, but on DO, I use small websites
    If DO comes with the same pricing plans of Linode, I'll transfer all my servers over DO

  • C. Blake Barber commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    Vultr has even upped their 8GB RAM tier to 6 cores.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    The 40$ / 4GB RAM options from various competitors include quad core CPUs, while Digital Ocean is offering only two. In order to remain as the best, you should upgrade the plan offering.

  • Joe Aldeguer commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    I have been a Digital Ocean customer for over a year now. I have 6 droplets. It would be nice if you could match what Linode is offering now for amount of CPU and SSD storage.

  • Jonathan Tittle commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    @Denkay - Regarding Vultr, this is becoming more common. SPAM is a major issue, especially on new accounts. SPAM becomes even more of an issue when a business throws in free credits that allow you to test the service, network, servers etc prior to any obligation (i.e. providing a credit or debit card). Numerous providers block common ports on new accounts and require that you request access. That said, there's numerous options available to get around these limitations (i.e. Mandrill, SendGrid, Mailgun - just to name a few). These options offer API's that are relatively easy to use. If you'd prefer to not have to code your own, I know all three of the providers I mentioned provide code for most common languages (PHP, Python etc - and cURL is always an option as well).

  • John Stevens commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    We have DO and Vultr. Must be honest, I prefer DO but now we had to upgrade because of space price difference is getting way out of control.

    Graphs show max 30% memory use and CPU is not rising above 15%
    For that we must pay $ 160/month !

    Hope you will get more plans where we can go back to 8GB 4Core with 160GB Space.
    And we are always willing to pay 10% more then we pay Vultr.

  • Denkay commented
    September 11, 2018 16:49

    tested all those VPS and here you go:
    Linode:- force you use their NS at DNS manager, disabled by default.
    Vultr: - have tons restrictions ( like NO SMTP until you provide your credit Card and sign paperwork etc..)
    DO: more freedom ( play with DNS and SMTP like with your own server)
    Only one issue is data-centres are limited and not available in Canada. But hope they will fix it soon.