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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.

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    Mircea shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    closed  ·  AdminBrooke McKim (Admin, DigitalOcean) responded  · 

    Hi everyone,

    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.


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      • Shawn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Being able to easily shrink Droplets is a needed feature, even if the process involved creating a new, smaller Droplet from an existing snapshot. I can use, e.g., Clonezilla, to move linux installations from machines with larger disks and more memory to ones with smaller disks and less memory as long as the image is not bigger than the new disk's capacity, so shrinking installations isn't technically exotic. And virtual machines can be resized downward in, e.g., VirtualBox.

        This issue has come up here before, and the 2013 DigitalOcean response was that shrinking wasn't an option b/c of the possibility of data corruption. This is something that DigitalOcean should figure out how to implement.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        B4B: How Technology and Big Data Are Reinventing the Customer-Supplier Relationship

        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."

      • Olivier commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        No free account, no downgrade options
        Issue not solved since 2 years.

        Will close my account and going to rh cloud next month.

      • Tamás Greguss commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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'.

      • Brady Swenson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • kurz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please implement downgrade option. If I have to start over, I would have to open my options to alternative companies.

      • Vladimir commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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 :)

      • Alfonso M. L. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

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