$15 Digital Ocean Droplet

Digital Ocean has a new $15 droplet. It’s similar to the $5 droplet in terms of CPU with 1 vCPU and 20GB of storage. The difference is in the amount of memory and data transfer. It has 3 GB of memory which is 6 times more than its predecessor. In addition, it has 3 times the amount of bandwidth at 3 TB per month. Give it a try.

Digital Ocean Snapshots

Digital Ocean snapshots are no longer free. Starting October 1, 2016, Digital Ocean will start charging for snapshots at 5 cents per GB. Here are some of the highlights:

Starting October 1, 2016, we will begin charging for snapshot storage at $0.05 per gigabyte per month. This will first be reflected in the invoice posted to your account on November 1, 2016. Like other features, snapshot storage uses hourly pricing, and size is calculated from a compressed version of the snapshot—not the total disk space allocated to the Droplet. Also, you can now take Droplet snapshots without having to power off the Droplet. You can see this in action by taking a snapshot of a Droplet while it’s still running. Over the coming weeks, we will update the Snapshots page to show the costs associated with your snapshot storage more easily and we’ll also send another reminder before charges begin on October 1, 2016. Be sure to see your usage on the Snapshots page and delete unused snapshots to avoid any unexpected charges.

Digital Island Floating IPs

Digital Ocean is taking one giant step into making applications highly available. Introducing the floating IPs, an address that can be instantly moved from one droplet into another in the same data center. It can be pointed to a redundant server. The approach is very similar to Amazon Web Services‘ Elastic IP, where an IP address can be assigned to any EC2 server. Since there’s a shortage of IP4 addresses, Digital Ocean just like AWS, charges for any unused IP address at $0.006 per hour.

Read more on how it works.

Cloud Computing Market Share

Cloud Computing is a $20 billion yearly business. In the latest poll, Amazon Web Services dominates the market with a 28% market share. Microsoft Azure is gaining share at 10%, and there’s the rest of the pack lagging behind. Not only that, cloud revenues are increasing yearly. In 2014, cloud computing has gained 48% over the year before.  ReadWrite’s article even mentions Digital Ocean as a favorite for web developers.