DO Ideas 2

Dedicated Server or High End Droplet Changes

Unless you consider offering Cloud Dedicated Servers, some day users will very likely grow past the Cloud VPS range. Going up to 64 / 96GB instance doesn't makes much sense when Dedicated is an order of magnitude cheaper. So to avoid people moving out quickly shouldn't high end droplet be cheaper per resources then simply scaling up the low end Droplet spec.

  • Ed
  • Sep 11 2018
  • Will not implement
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  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 18:43

    When we get a bit further in our roadmap and as our customers begin asking for more and different features we can revisit it.

    But sometimes a customer will outgrow DO and that is fine, because we may no longer be the best fit for their needs and we'll be happy that their business is doing so well that they have to rethink how their business is scaling beyond.

  • Ed commented
    September 11, 2018 18:43

    I was thinking of running into the scenario where things no longer fit well, such as proper high I/O from RAID SSD, High Memory for cache. But like you said being reserved does not make it economically feasible. So my idea is properly not the solution to this problem. But the problem still exist, DO is great from start to mid range, while i am not suggesting DO should do dedicated business like SingleHOP doing both cloud and dedicated. But there should be some thoughts into how to prolong clients staying away from others when they have grown outside of DO's needs.

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 18:43

    The linear scale actually holds up rather well even at a 96GB "dedicated" server.

    The issue with running dedicated machines is that they become reserved as such and sit idle until a customer spins up them, plus it requires managing different types of physical resources which makes provisioning more complex.

    When we first launched digitalocean we actually had a "dedicated server" in the cloud option, similar to what you suggested, but we had little to no up-take on it so we decided to sunset it.

  • Vincent van Megen commented
    September 11, 2018 18:43

    Then you should try to scale horizontally, for $960 per month you can get 96 $10 per month droplets (96 cores 96gb ram and almost 3tb ssd space), which would be more powerful than any dedicated server.