downgrade option, not just upgrade
We should have the possibility to also downgrade droplets, not just upgrade. Sometimes we need a lot of power for some operations, but then we don't for some time, or maybe not at all anymore, so it would be nice to be able to downgrade a droplet, not just to upgrade it.
The current solution is to create a new one with a smaller plan, but this means configuring, installing and doing all that stuff which takes time and is not portable.
We want to be able to downgrade a droplet, not just upgrade. There are times we are passive, and we don't need the droplet's full power (in my case $100+/month).
188.8.131.52 Off 1GB Ram 30GB SSD Disk Amsterdam 2 Ubuntu 12.04.3 x64
How I can decrease to 512 MB?
It is possible ?
This feature has been recently removed. Previously, when I ran out of space on a smaller server, I would just upscale using the snapshot, clean up, create space and downscale back using snapshot. Now, the ability to downscale is no longer supported. This was a very important and useful feature.
To downgrade an application server, you can *in general* provision new instances and redeploy (assuming you do not store unique files on the instance).
However for databases (MongoDB, Postgres, etc) that have data resident on the machine downgrading droplet sizes become more difficult when needing to ensure minimal application downtime.
If you work at a large company with a large IT team, you can allocate resource to provision a new database server, migrate the data, freeze changes to the database & take down your service, etc, but this is a huge and risky IT initiative. Also, if you have many environments on the same database cluster with custom security settings, data migration becomes non-trivial. For a small startup, the time and risk involved in re-provisioning and migrating data and settings can be huge and it can be costly if you need to hire external experts to ensure proper reconfiguring.
If a droplet could be downgraded in place or a snapshot could be taken and applied to a smaller droplet size (assuming the used disk space is smaller than available on the new instance), it would make downsizing droplets less risky and faster.
Digital Ocean, we need downscale in addition to upscale please.
Currently we can scale up for more CPU and RAM, but what if we can add only RAM or CPU and also we need to have more space without RAM or CPU added.
And not to forget, we should be able to scale down anything upped
When I wanted to reduce the size of my droplet I found out that it is not as straight forward as increasing its size.
The fast-resize option in the control panel only allows for increasing the size of the droplet, no indication of down-sizing whatsoever.
Only after I opened a support ticket I found out the cumbersome procedure:
a) Take a snapshot of existing droplet.
b) Create a new droplet from snapshot image, verify the snapshot is functioning as intended.
c) Destroy original droplet, and create a new droplet from the snapshot image.
d) Destroy the droplet created in step b, and verify your new droplet is functioning normally with the original droplet IP Address.
This idea should be realized in two steps:
1) Write about the four-step guide in the CP's resize tab.
2) Implement automatic down-sizing, same style as up-sizing.
There seems to be some confusion in this thread I wanted to clear up:
When resizing using our “Flexible” option you are always able to downgrade to your original size.
However, when using our permanent resize or creating a new Droplet you will not be able to downgrade to a smaller size. This is because we never shrink the filesystem of a Droplet to prevent the possibility of data corruption. For more information on our Resize feature check out this community tutorial https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-resize-your-droplets-on-digitalocean.
I would not have upsized if I had realized I couldn't downsize!
Hours of time wasted now.
Goodbye DO, we'll be moving to Amazon shortly!
Matthew Lynn commented
How can you possibly close this suggestion when DigitalOcean -very- clearly does not support downgrading their droplets in a full capacity. Just so no one is mislead here the only downgrade they are offering is entirely unrelated to storage capacity.
In other words, if you need to change your storage capacity, or want to downgrade to a smaller size than you started with you are currently out of luck. There are many, -many-, people who have wanted this feature for over 2 years now and DigitalOcean has taken no steps to do anything about it even when many of their competitors offer this feature easily.
To be clear I love DigitalOcean but this lack of a feature is unacceptable and raises numerous suspicions.
Tri-net Solutions commented
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there is a book B4B that talks about Amazon AWS and how it auto sizes your instance or at least recommends what you should have... "It completely de-risk the purchase decisions for a customers trying AWS for the first time. They can just pick a price plan that is close and trust that Amazon will helpthem get the plan that delivers them the most value based on how they actually use it, not how they think they might use it."
DO, are you trying to make me switch to a competitor??!
No free account, no downgrade options
Issue not solved since 2 years.
Will close my account and going to rh cloud next month.
Alex Bass commented
Tamás Greguss commented
If I understand well, with the new 'flexible resize' feature downgrade is now possible if the droplet was resized from a smaller one with 'flexible resize'.
+3 this is just evil buisines practice
Jose Carlos Montalvo Mori commented
Yes, implement downgrade option.
Brady Swenson commented
This is a must add. We overshot our needs and now need to downgrade but will have to configure everything over again on new droplets.
Please implement downgrade option. If I have to start over, I would have to open my options to alternative companies.
Вчера потратил два часа на все эти перепития с понижением тарифа. В итоге остался на том же тарифе.
Нежелание реализовать необходимы функционал наталкивает на переход к другому хостеру.
Присматриваюсь к flops.ru. К тому же теперь он стал дешевле :)
Антон Ляшенко commented
Alfonso M. L. commented
Doing some research in look for a new hosting home for an existing multi server deployment I discarded DO in favor of Linode just because the latter *does* allow you to scale down servers.
Please, DO guys, take notice.
Dan Smith commented
This is very annoying! When can we expect this to be implemented?
Ben Harris commented
Please add this functionality ASAP. This is very frustrating!
Yes the downgrade is a night mare for linux noob , In linode.com I can simply degrade and upgrade the plans with a single button click , But here it is process .
I f you do any wrong all your data is gone. so think Twice before downgrade the plan other wise mail me I do it for you $5. firstname.lastname@example.org