Digital Ocean, a popular cloud hosting provider, has now launched block storage that allows you to keep everything on their servers without relying on third-party solutions such as Amazon EBS to host large sets of data. Within just a few clicks, you are now able to launch and manage a virtual private server in one of the different data centers across the world. These cloudlets are now quite cheap, with 700,000 people having launched 18 million droplets since 2011. Before now, the option was given to pay for more powerful droplets or to sign up for a third-party cloud storage provider.
DigitalOcean is now providing a third solution for block storage, allowing you to keep your trusted droplet and add more storage without having to overpay for unnecessary computing power. Data is replicated across multiple racks and is independent from your droplet. So you can upgrade your droplet and keep your block storage volume. Compared to competing solutions, DigitalOcean doesn’t make you pay for transferring data in and out or for requests.
Given that DigitalOcean’s pricing strategy is a bit different, you’ll need to calculate if it makes sense for your usage. If you want pure block storage so that you can put your database on there, DigitalOcean is competing with Amazon EBS and Google. With the new feature, DigitalOcean is catching up on the competition and letting you host huge database, with their block storage costs costing approximately the same as Amazon EBS. If you plan on storing objects and don’t need a block of storage, on Amazon S3, storing 1TB costs $30 per month, but can add up as you add more storage. If you plan on delivering terabytes of data, DigitalOcean is a good solution.
In other news, DigitalOcean now has Julia Austin as their new chief technology officer at DigitalOcean.