Nov 042016
 

If you read my posts you will realize I am a fan of Linode, have been for years. They are great and reasonable people.

I decided to give DigitalOcean a try since I have heard great things about it.

I found the connectivity was awesome from here in Singapore to my first Droplet in London! They have  quite a few locations that is hard to find from their site. Like you really have to search the FAQ etc. So here is a screenshot of all their locations.

Digital ocean data center locations

That’s pretty cool list of locations. Bangalore & Singapore! wow. And it all starts at $5 but for you it’s free $10  so you can try things out. And I get some referral credits so I can ping other data centers 😀

I wanted to find out more about how I could make it easy to deploy images like Docker/Chef or puppet. I need the ability to maintain multiple regions with the same exact image and all changes applied without too much DevOps.

I would definitely use my free credits to test other locations like Singapore and Bangalore.

Here is my MTR results to London from Singapore using actual vps. I would expect average 270-350ms of RTT so this is pretty good.

 

Start: Fri Nov 4 13:45:06 2016
HOST: xeon Loss% Snt Last Avg Best Wrst StDev
 1.|-- gateway 0.0% 100 0.3 0.3 0.2 3.9 0.3
 2.|-- 101.100.165.3 0.0% 100 1.8 201.2 1.6 3931. 726.0
 3.|-- 103-6-148-41.myrepublic.c 0.0% 100 1.7 14.7 1.5 57.4 18.5
 4.|-- 103-6-148-13.myrepublic.c 0.0% 100 2.5 3.3 2.2 19.8 2.5
 5.|-- 116.51.27.101 0.0% 100 7.7 3.4 2.2 15.5 1.6
 6.|-- ae-0.r21.sngpsi05.sg.bb.g 21.0% 100 11.4 4.1 2.1 14.1 2.7
 7.|-- ae-8.r24.londen12.uk.bb.g 0.0% 100 185.8 187.1 185.8 193.7 1.4
 8.|-- ae-1.r25.londen12.uk.bb.g 0.0% 100 182.2 183.4 182.1 193.1 1.9
 9.|-- ae-2.r02.londen01.uk.bb.g 0.0% 100 183.3 183.8 183.2 191.6 1.0
 10.|-- hds.r02.londen01.uk.bb.gi 0.0% 100 189.0 189.4 188.3 231.4 4.4
 11.|-- ??? 100.0 100 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
 12.|-- 188.166.149.149 0.0% 100 183.4 183.5 182.9 188.8 1.0


The lower the better. 185 ms is the lowest I have ever seen.

I added the IP to AWS Route 53 Latency based routing DNS and noticed that while most countries in Europe where getting the London IP assigned, UK itself was not. This could be either AWS problem or Digital Ocean problem.

So if you if you are going to give it a try for free (I paid the 5$) you can use my code by clicking through here http://www.digitalocean.com/?refcode=3a149653659e

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