Digital Ocean

Digital Ocean is a cloud computing vendor headquartered in New York City with data centers worldwide that offers an infrastructure as a service platform for software developers. Digital Ocean is popular with open source developers and competes with Amazon Web Services

Digital Ocean provides multiple services, but its primary offerings are for application and website hosting use cases. To deploy Digital Ocean’s IaaS environment, developers launch a private virtual machine instance, which the company calls a droplet. Digital Ocean Droplets are comparable to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud or Azure instances but don’t support Microsoft Windows instances.

Digital Ocean
Digital Ocean

Digital Ocean

Developers choose the droplet’s size, which geographical region and data center it will run in, and which Linux operating system (OS) it will use. Or instead of picking a Linux distribution, developers can create droplets from existing VM images that come with pre-installed applications — an option Digital Ocean calls one-click apps.

Digital Ocean
Digital Ocean

DigitalOcean offers the following five droplet plans:

  • Basic is flexible and well-suited for organizations that want to host websites and staging environments with low-intensity computing needs.
  • General Purpose is designed for production workloads that need predictable compute performance.
  • CPU-Optimized is well-suited for CPU-intensive tasks that need predictable performance and rely on CPU more than random access memory or input/output.
  • Memory-Optimized is well-suited for workloads that have a high memory usage but low to moderate CPU usage.
  • Storage-Optimized offers a minimum of 150 GB storage for each dedicated vCPU and uses non-volatile memory express and parallelism to speed up disk performance to be faster than solid-state drives.

DigitalOcean products

In addition to Droplets, DigitalOcean offers the following products:

  • Kubernetes. DigitalOcean Kubernetes is the vendor’s managed Kubernetes offering that enables users to deploy Kubernetes clusters.
  • App Platform. App Platform is a platform as a service offering that enables code to be published to the provider’s servers. App Platform is also capable of publishing applications on the cloud, publishing container images, and automatically analyzing code from GitHub, public repositories and GitLab.
  • Storage. Digita lOcean offers two types of storage. Block Storage enables users to assign more volumes to droplets and object storage is a storage service that enables users to store large data volumes.
  • Content delivery network. The Spaces content delivery network enables users to access a network of edge servers that deliver their data.
  • Managed databases. This fully managed database cluster service reduces the need for administrators to perform maintenance, configuration and database installation.
  • Networking. This includes tools to control application traffic flow with private networks, load balancing and traffic filtering. These tools include DigitalOcean Virtual Private Cloud, cloud firewalls, load balancers, domain name service and floating IPs.
  • Developer tools. This set of tools focuses on effective resource management and ecosystem integration. These tools include an API, client libraries, a command-line interface, custom images, GitHub Actions, Terraform Provider and container registry.
  • Management tools. These tools enable users to manage their infrastructure with Monitoring, Projects and Teams tools. Monitoring collects and manages system metrics. Projects enable users to manage resources as groups and Teams is a collaboration tool accessible by many users.

Junior cloud Digital Ocean has revealed that some of its clients’ email addresses were exposed to attackers, thanks to an attack on email marketing service Mailchimp.

This story starts last week when some of the blockheads in crypto-land noticed that email marketing service Mailchimp had suspended service for some of their fellow travellers. Reports such as this missive noted that Mailchimp has previously ditched crypto clients for generating more abuse reports than other customers, and the company’s Acceptable Use Policy therefore warns it may decide not to serve companies that offer “Cryptocurrencies, virtual currencies, and any digital assets related to an Initial Coin Offering.”

Some elements of crypto-land assumed hostility to crypto was behind the disappearance of some blockheaded newsletters sent by Mailchimp.

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