DigitalOcean Kubernetes delivers scalable container deployment and orchestration to over one million developers

DigitalOcean announced on Wednesday its DigitalOcean Kubernetes product to run containerized applications in the cloud. Designed for developers and businesses who want a simple way to deploy and manage container workloads, DigitalOcean Kubernetes removes the headache involved in setting up, managing and securing Kubernetes clusters while incorporating DigitalOcean’s trademark simplicity and ease of use.

By offering Kubernetes integrated with DigitalOcean’s core product suite — which includes compute servers, block storage, object storage, firewalls and load balancers — businesses will have the freedom to run their existing workloads on DigitalOcean without special configuration. DigitalOcean Kubernetes include a dedicated managed Kubernetes cluster. Each customer receives their own cluster, which provides security and isolation for their containerized applications with access to the full Kubernetes API. DigitalOcean products for block storage and object storage are built in, providing storage for any amount of data.  

It also includes cloud firewalls, making it easy to manage network traffic in and out of the Kubernetes cluster. Additionally, DigitalOcean will provide cluster security scanning capabilities to alert users of flaws and vulnerabilities. It also integrates with continuous integration services; developers can set up a full continuous delivery pipeline in two clicks, providing faster and more robust rollout of new application functionality.

Kubernetes deployments can be a large team effort. DigitalOcean’s “teams” feature allows development teams to easily manage access and permissions to the cluster. In typical Kubernetes environments, metrics, logs and events can be lost if nodes are spun down. To help developers learn from the performance of past environments, the DigitalOcean Kubernetes product will store this information separate from the node indefinitely.

Similar to the existing one-click setups and integrations for Droplets, the product includes one-click integrations to deploy an entire application stack so developers can focus on solving their business problems and worry less about their Kubernetes cluster setup.

The application container market is estimated to grow to $2.7 billion by 2020, according to 451 Research. Further, developers and those in DevOps are growing more committed to Kubernetes: in 2016, just under half said they were committed to the system but by 2017, 77 percent said the same, according to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Despite Kubernetes’ growing popularity, on its own, it can be complex for developers to manage.

“Over the last year, Kubernetes has emerged as the container orchestration platform of choice, and as one of the leading public clouds, investing in supporting our customers’ adoption of containers was a natural evolution to our roadmap,” said DigitalOcean VP of Product Shiven Ramji. “We’ve always been devoted to providing simple solutions for developers — starting with our cloud servers, Droplets. This product is no exception, allowing developers to focus on successfully shipping their applications while not being burdened by the complexity involved with creating and running a highly scalable and secure cluster across multiple apps.”

DigitalOcean Kubernetes has been designed keeping developers and their teams in mind, so that they can save time and deploy container workloads without needing to configure everything from scratch. It also enables automatic deployment of load balancers, block storage, firewalls, ingress controllers, and more makes configuring cluster on DigitalOcean as simple as deploying a Droplet.

In addition to offering Kubernetes on its platform, DigitalOcean is also upgrading its CNCF membership to Gold. “We’re committed to contributing to and supporting the open source technologies around containers, and are looking forward to working with CNCF members to continue the evolution of these and related technologies,” the company said in a blog post.

DigitalOcean Kubernetes will be available through an early access program starting in June with general availability planned for later this year.


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