Droplet Concepts

DigitalOcean Droplets are Linux-based virtual machines (VMs) that run on top of virtualized hardware. Each Droplet you create is a new server you can use, either standalone or as part of a larger, cloud-based infrastructure.

This glossary defines the core concepts behind Droplets.
In-depth comparisons of available Droplet plans, including hardware and software, an explanation of shared CPU and dedicated CPU plans, and how to make a data-driven decision on which plan is best for your use case.
Recommendations for downsizing Droplets, including making backups, manging DNS records and IP addresses, and migrating files.