Ask HN: Where do you host your db’s for your side projects?

I’m looking to create a project that would use MongoDB, and I’ve never created my own back-end before, so I’m exploring options. I’m not sure what people’s go-to solutions are for this.

The only option I see is hosting via DBaaS with Compose or mLab or similar, and these cost $31 and $15 per month respectively for one gigabyte of data.

This seems insane to me. How can anyone afford this profitably with anything less than a total success of a side project? Surely a successful project might use hundreds or even thousands of GB of db space when people start to really use it, no? Do people use DBaaS for such cases, or manage their own on Digital Ocean, AWS, etc?

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