DigitalOcean launches its managed database service

DigitalOcean started as an affordable but basic virtual private server offering with a pleasant user interface. Over the last few years, the company started adding features like object and block storage, load balancers and a container service. Today, it’s expanding its portfolio once again by launching a feature that was sorely missing in its lineup: […]

DigitalOcean started as an affordable but basic virtual private server offering with a pleasant user interface. Over the last few years, the company started adding features like object and block storage, load balancers and a container service. Today, it’s expanding its portfolio once again by launching a feature that was sorely missing in its lineup: a managed database service.

The first edition of these DigitalOcean Managed Databases only supports PostgreSQL, the popular open-source relational database. Later this year, it’ll add MySQL and Redis support (likely in Q2 or Q3). As for other databases, the company says that it’ll listen to customer feedback and use that to prioritize other offerings.

Like similar services from other vendors, Managed Databases promises to make life easier for developers. DigitalOcean users will be able to launch a database within a few seconds and the service then handles all the maintenance tasks, including updates. Like with the company’s other services, developers can either use a graphical user interface or the company’s API, in addition to third-party Terraform providers.

Daily backups are free and DigitalOcean promises end-to-end security of your data both at rest and in transit.

Here is what the pricing for the new service will look like:

“Our product development is driven by one vital question: How do we empower developers to do more valuable work in less time?,” said DigitalOcean’s vice president of Product, Shiven Ramji. “With Managed Databases, developers and their teams can focus on creating meaningful applications and sharing them with their communities, without the headache of having to manage the database infrastructure that enables the process.”

DigitalOcean launches its container service

It’s KubeCon/CloudNativeCon this week, the world’s largest confab for all things cloud-native, containers, Kubernetes and DevOps. Every company that’s doing anything remotely related to those topics is announcing news at the sold-out event. That includes the popular cloud hosting service DigitalOcean, which is announcing the launch of its Kubernetes-as-a-Service offering to all developers today. This […]

It’s KubeCon/CloudNativeCon this week, the world’s largest confab for all things cloud-native, containers, Kubernetes and DevOps. Every company that’s doing anything remotely related to those topics is announcing news at the sold-out event. That includes the popular cloud hosting service DigitalOcean, which is announcing the launch of its Kubernetes-as-a-Service offering to all developers today. This is still a limited release, though, with full general availability planned for early 2019.

DigitalOcean’s service first launched into early access in May. In total, about 30,000 developers singed up for early access and the team now feels that it’s ready for a wider rollout.

Like all of the company’s service, the focus here is on simplicity. By default, there’s nothing all that simple about setting up and managing Kubernetes clusters, but DigitalOcean has abstracted away most of this and promises that the service is “production-ready” for “developers of all skill levels.”

The early access release of the service already introduced most of the basics, like node provisioning, handling durable storage, firewall, load balancing and similar tools. This new release adds open APIs for integrations with existing developer tools, support for the latest versions of Kubernetes (with 1.13.1 support coming soon), as well as a new configuration experience that guides developers through the process of provisioning, configuring and deploying new clusters.

“Kubernetes promises to be one of the leading technologies in a developer’s arsenal to gain the scalability, portability and availability needed to build modern apps. Unfortunately, for many it’s extremely complex to manage and deploy,” said DigitalOcean VP of Product Shiven Ramji  in today’s announcement. “With DigitalOcean Kubernetes, we make running containerized apps consumable for any developer, regardless of their skills or resources.”

While DigitalOcean started as a standard hosting company with virtual private servers, the company has recently expanded its portfolio to the point where it now looks more like a nascent cloud computing company with a set of offerings that include virtual machines, a storage service and load balancing tools. Kubernetes container support is a logical next step now that it has those pieces in place. And while the Kubernetes market often focuses on large enterprises, there’s plenty of room to grow for a company like DigitalOcean that focuses on individual developers and smaller companies — and they, too, would like to have an easy way to use and manage containers.