Global developer cloud provider DigitalOcean has launched DigitalOcean App Platform. It’s a new Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering that automates infrastructure management so developers can deploy their code to production in just a few clicks.
App Platform maximizes productivity by letting developers deploy code directly from their GitHub repositories. Developers also can choose to re-deploy automatically when updates are pushed to the source repo.
App Platform currently supports many popular languages and frameworks, including: Python, Node.js, Go, PHP, Ruby, Hugo and static sites. The product is available now with a free tier for static sites and additional tiers to meet businesses’ growing needs.
The new PaaS offering would help advance DigitalOcean’s managed services strategy to simplify cloud computing for developers as well as small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
“With millions of businesses started in the cloud each year, developers need a simple, fast and scalable way to ship the apps that power their ideas,” said Apurva Joshi, VP of Product, DigitalOcean. “With App Platform, we built upon DigitalOcean’s proven technology and signature simplicity to provide a fully managed experience that allows developers to stop worrying about infrastructure and get their apps to market faster. And, since it runs entirely on DigitalOcean, App Platform makes it easy for businesses to keep costs low and optimize their resources as they grow.”
Built on DigitalOcean Kubernetes, App Platform would bring the power, scale, and flexibility of Kubernetes to customers without exposing them to any of its complexity. Additionally, since it is built on open standards, App Platform would provide users with more visibility into the underlying infrastructure than in a typical closed PaaS environment. This would affords them the choice of how they want to scale their apps; either through the fully managed, in-built scaling mechanism of App Platform or by taking more control of their infrastructure set-up.
According to DigitalOcean Currents, a seasonal report on developer and SMB trends in the cloud, 65 percent of founders cite technical know-how around maintaining infrastructure as a top barrier of entry for new businesses. By handling common infrastructure tasks like provisioning and managing servers, databases, operating systems, application runtimes, and other dependencies, App Platform would make DigitalOcean’s cloud accessible to startups and SMBs that lack the time or expertise required to manage their infrastructure.
“To fast-track the application development lifecycle more developers are embracing modern application platforms built on open standards,” said Larry Carvalho, Research Director, IDC. “Cloud native technologies powered by open source Kubernetes is now the first choice for developers at companies of all sizes. For startups and small to medium sized businesses with skills shortage, price, simplicity of experience and reliability are all key considerations, especially for those organizations that prefer a completely abstracted and automated infrastructure environment.”