DigitalOcean Unveils Serverless Solution, DigitalOcean Functions

DigitalOcean, global cloud provider for developers and small businesses, has launched DigitalOcean Functions, a new serverless solution. DigitalOcean Functions is aimed at helping small businesses and startups to create rapidly, grow automatically, and save money by removing the need to maintain and provision their own servers.

Photo Gabe Monroy, Chief Product Officer of DigitalOcean
“Serverless functions have been one of our most common customer requests,” said Gabe Monroy, Chief Product Officer of DigitalOcean.

“Serverless functions have been one of our most common customer requests,” said Gabe Monroy, Chief Product Officer of DigitalOcean. “That’s why last year we acquired Nimbella, a leading serverless platform, and have been focused on seamless integration with our cloud. DigitalOcean Functions will allow builders to spend less time maintaining their infrastructure and more time creating and scaling software that changes the world.” 

Despite the rise of cloud computing in recent years, developers, particularly those working for small firms and startups, would frequently express dissatisfaction with the time and money spent installing and growing server infrastructure. At least that’s something observed by DigitalOcean. Developers would be able to easily construct or grow their apps with DigitalOcean Functions without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure. Instead, applications will be able to scale up and down dynamically and immediately in response to demand. This would make the solution a good fit for workloads that are unpredictable.

Native Serverless Tools and Functions

According to IDC’s IaaSView buyer survey, 25 percent of cloud IaaS customers expect to use serverless functions in the next 12 months, which is one of the highest rates of anticipated adoption among other cloud services.

To sum up, DigitalOcean Functions can help individual developers and enterprises by providing:

  • A unified and integrated experience for apps that require long-running servers as well as on-demand functionality
  • A developer console for testing functions before they’re deployed
  • Seamless interaction with DigitalOcean Managed Databases
  • Common languages and runtimes are supported

“By adding native serverless tools and functions to its compute portfolio, DigitalOcean can begin to capitalize on this growing demand from IaaS buyers,” said Andrew Smith, Research Manager, Cloud Infrastructure Services at IDC. “The central tenet of DigitalOcean Functions is simplicity – in pricing, deployment, utilization and integration with other DigitalOcean services such as App Platform and Managed Databases. This simplicity should appeal well to DigitalOcean’s core customer base, including developers, startups, and SMBs looking to utilize serverless computing in order to abstract their infrastructure resources and focus on modernizing their applications and workloads.”

All DigitalOcean’s data center regions are now providing DigitalOcean Functions.