DO Ideas 2

Allow for Powered Off Pricing

While I don't agree with it, I see in your FAQs:

Am I charged while my Droplet is in a powered-off state?

Yes. Your diskspace, CPU, RAM, and IP address are all reserved while your Droplet is powered off. If you want to save a Droplet for future use take a snapshot of it and then destroy it. You'll be able to create a new Droplet from the snapshot image anytime to bring it back online.

I believe you are only following what others are doing instead of innovating here. This is a HUGE pain to app developers who need on-demand servers and don't want to spin up/down every time. For example, if I want to host development or staging websites here, I either have to pay for 24x7 service or destroy and then reupload all my files/databases. Instead of taking the high road ('everyone else does it this way') come up with a competitive differentiator. You could put the hardware in a "lights on" state, release the IP, etc. and charge a fraction of the cost. I'm sure this could be done with enough research.

  • Tony
  • Sep 11 2018
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  • Ian commented
    September 11, 2018 16:35

    So, it appears that we're charged for instances even when they're not running.

    AFAIK this is the only provider who bills like this, whereas other providers bill based on _actual_ usage like when the instance is running ie per resources consumed.

    It's ludicrous to think we're charged for shut down instances. Change this.

  • roger pack commented
    September 11, 2018 16:35

    You "kind of" can get this with the new block storage FWIW.

  • roger pack commented
    September 11, 2018 16:35

    Sounds like Amazon does charge the storage "still" even when an instance is powered down. I could see DO maybe providing an option to charge "half price" for a powered off, non IP instance or its like. If the math works out anyway. The problem is that AWS is basically "powering down" but the storage is off line in some EBS container. DO has disk that is "hard allocated" (as far as I'm aware) to each box so its harder to get savings from powering down...cheers!

  • Tony commented
    September 11, 2018 16:35

    Actually, Amazon no longer charges for stopped instances:

    "When you stop an instance, we shut it down. We don't charge hourly usage for a stopped instance, or data transfer fees, but we do charge for the storage for any Amazon EBS volumes. Each time you start a stopped instance we charge a full instance hour, even if you make this transition multiple times within a single hour."