Author: FIGBERT <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2020 00:00:58 -0800
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+title = "Moving To Hetzner Cloud from DigitalOcean"
+description = "Since I began working on self-hosting, I've been using a DigitalOcean VPS running Debian 10. However, after investigating the alternatives in the space, I'll be moving to Hetzner Cloud when my DigitalOcean credits run out in six months. Here's why."
+date = 2020-11-01
+Since I began working on self-hosting, I've been using a
+[DigitalOcean][do] (affiliate link) VPS running [Debian 10][debian].
+However, after investigating the alternatives in the space,
+I'll be moving to [Hetzner Cloud][hetzner] when my DigitalOcean
+credits run out in six months. Here's why.
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+I went with DigitalOcean as my hosting platform primarily because
+of the USD$50 credit included with [Github Student][gh-student].
+I've used USD$20 of that credit as of today, and the remaining money
+should run out around April 2020, giving me almost a year of VPS
+for free. Not a bad deal.
+With that said, as my credits hit the half-way point, I've begun
+to think about what's to come. Namely, the fact that my current
+server is running at a constant 80% memory usage – severely
+limiting what I can self-host.
+## Money talks...
+I currently use the cheapest DigitalOcean VPS available. I have
+1 vCPU, 1GB of RAM, 25GB of SSD, and 1TB of data transfer. All that
+power is packed in a clean USD$5 per month. This is, as far as cloud
+hosts go, pretty good bang for your buck. Hetzner **blows that out of
+the water**. Take a look at this table:
+| **USD/Month** | **vCPU** | **Memory** | **Storage** | **Traffic** | **Provider** |
+| $3.41 | 1 | 2GB | 20GB | 20TB | Hetzner |
+| $4.77 | 2 | 2GB | 40GB | 20TB | Hetzner |
+| $5.00 | 1 | 1GB | 25GB | 1TB | DigitalOcean |
+| $6.70 | 2 | 4GB | 40GB | 20TB | Hetzner |
+| $10.00 | 1 | 2GB | 25GB | 2TB | DigitalOcean |
+Check out the math on that, seriously. Hetzner's base tier offers
+1 vCPU, 2GB of ram, 20GB of SSD, and 20TB of data transfer for
+USD$3.41 per month. That's double the ram and 20 times the transfer
+for almost **half the price** of my current DigitalOcean droplet.
+The fourth down in the table above, the one I plan on purchasing, costs
+USD$1.70 more than DigitalOcean and has **quadruple the performace**
+of my current VPS. That's more than even *Docker* could need. Ok that
+might be a slight exaggeration, but it's still a lot.
+## ...and it speaks for the trees.
+Hetzner is a [green hosting provider][green-web-directory], as
+certified by the [Green Web Foundation][gwf]. DigitalOcean is not.
+Obviously, climate change is important. If we look at it objectively,
+it's one of the only extinction-level threats to human existence at
+the moment. All that is to say that switching to a green hosting provider
+is the only thing [I need to do][my-carbon] according to [this online
+website carbon calculator][carbon-calc], and you know I can't resist
+online website metrics.
+## So that's nice.
+Anyways, that's a pretty good summary of my thoughts on the move. I'm
+probably going to use the move to make a few other changes to my hosting
+setup (i.e. `docker-compose` to [`k3s`][k3s], [`umami`][umami] to
+[`plausible`][plausible]). I'll keep you all abreast of the latest updates
+to my hosting in future posts.
+Until then, this is FIGBERT signing off. I should make a more consistent outro.