DigitalOcean: The Year 2019 In Review

With the launch of various new features and products, it’s been an exciting year 2019 at DigitalOcean. Let’s find out what they’ve been up to.

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General Purpose Droplets With Dedicated Compute Power

Back in April, they announced the general availability of General Purpose Droplets with dedicated compute power. These support scenarios requiring higher performance such as highly trafficked web and application servers, databases, ad servers, gaming servers, and more.

Memory-Optimized Droplets

Their Memory-Optimized Droplets support memory-intensive applications such as high-performance databases, web scale in-memory caches and indexes, real-time big data processing, and resource-intensive business apps.

Managed Kubernetes

With our Kubernetes offering, they made it simple to build cloud-native applications using open source technologies — all while leaving the complexity and management of Kubernetes to us. Simply define the size and location of your worker nodes and let us provision, manage, and optimize the services needed to run your cluster.

Managed Databases for MySQL, Redis & PostgreSQL

Managed Databases for PostgreSQL allow you to focus on building apps and leave the laborious database configuration, tuning, and management to DigitalOcean. Since then, they added support for MySQL and Redis as well. They now provide a fully managed experience for three of the most popular open source databases in the world.

Marketplace With Pre-configured 1-Click Apps

They launched Marketplace in March to make it easy for developers to get started in the cloud. The initial launch included a set of handpicked 1-Click Apps such as WordPress, Grafana, OpenFaaS, and more. Today, they have more than 100 1-Click Apps at your disposal.

Pre-configured Kubernetes Solutions As 1-Click Apps

They expanded their Marketplace to include 1-Click Apps not only based on Droplets, but also on Kubernetes clusters managed by the DigitalOcean Kubernetes service. They also added support for cluster autoscaling, tokenized authentication, and minor version upgrades in the managed service.

Solutions Partner Program

The Solutions Partner Program enables companies to partner with DigitalOcean by providing cloud-based solutions to their customers. This partnership increases the number of ways developers and customers can engage with DO.


For the sixth straight year, their monthlong Hacktoberfest brought people across the world together to support open source technologies. While their mission stays the same, the number of events and contributions continues to top the charts year after year. This year, they ended the month of October with 673 events, 62,000 challenge completions, 482,000 pull requests opened, and 150,000 participating repositories across 150 countries.

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