Global Cloud Provider DigitalOcean Releases Kubernetes as a Service

DigitalOcean, a global cloud provider that now has a $200 million run rate and a community that is more than 3.5 million developers strong, has announced that its new managed Kubernetes service is now available with production-ready functionality and full customer support.

Since launching its early access release in May of this year, 30,000 developers and teams have already signed up for access. Starting this week, the DigitalOcean Kubernetes as a Service solution is now available to all developers worldwide.

“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 Shiven Ramji, VP of Product, DigitalOcean. “With DigitalOcean Kubernetes, we make running containerized apps consumable for any developer, regardless of their skills or resources. We do this by automating the management of Kubernetes clusters and the provisioning of nodes to make it faster and easier to run containerized apps. We also infuse guided UI experiences and open APIs to provide the right level of support throughout the developer’s journey.”

Open APIs

With the May early access release, DigitalOcean focused on simplifying the most critical needs of developers when deploying Kubernetes containerized apps: node provisioning, durable storage availability, security, and scalability. This included fully configured worker nodes based on any Droplet size, “seamless” integration with flexible block storage, worker node protection with firewalls, and integration with Load Balancers for “simple, robust and secured” app scaling. Continuous integration and continuous delivery workflows could also be implemented “in a matter of seconds” to further streamline the development process.

The new release builds upon these capabilities, adding new product features based on early customer feedback that would further simplify the provisioning and management process. These include:

  • Guided configuration experiences – to assist users as they provision, configure and deploy clusters
  • Open APIs – to enable “easy” integrations with developer tools, and include the ability to programmatically create and update cluster and nodes settings
  • Expanded version support – including Kubernetes version 1.12.1 and support for 1.13.1 coming soon

The DigitalOcean Kubernetes limited release is now available worldwide. The general release is planned for early 2019 with additional new features.

“With DigitalOcean Kubernetes, we make running containerized apps consumable for any developer, regardless of their skills or resources,” said Shiven Ramji, VP of Product, DigitalOcean.

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