Small(er) Clouds: A drop(let) in the cloud ocean

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I do a lot of research in my day job.  Well any IT job I’ve ever had really.  Constant learning, constant troubleshooting.  My Google fu is strong.   In all the work I do, lately I’ve been coming across references to DigitalOcean again and again.   Usually it is in the context of how to deploy the topic I’m looking into on their systems (their tech writers are way prolific!).  (EDIT: I take that back – they open their tutorial site up to the public.  That’s freaking brilliant.  And useful.  And bonus for SEO), but other times it’s in conversations or examples on sites other than their own.    I can feel when a trend is growing, and this is one.  Pay attention to this company if you are into this sort of thing.

What is it all about

It looks like their niche is catering to developer workloads, and doing it well.  They make it extremely easy, and fast to spin up, use and tear down machines.  They appear to charge set prices per size of instance, no matter where in the world, which probably helps billing be very predictable.

User Experience

I absolutely love when the user experience is elevated over all else.  To me, Digital Ocean just seems to gush this point in their UI and workflow when you sign up, deploy and use systems.

“..the company refuses to deprioritize user experience — unlike the cloud giants that he sees as competitors…”  Why growing cloud DigitalOcean isn’t scared of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft

The only hiccup I had signing up was for some reason my account was flagged and needed a human to look it over before they allowed me to deploy a machine.   I guess this is a good thing in the end really.

 

I’m a suspicious individual, obviously

 

Deploying Workloads

I’m finding videos to be much easer to understand quick topics, so here’s a quick view into deploying a machine, or as they call them ‘droplet’.

 

I make absolutely zero money on this blog.  Notice there are no ads anywhere on the page.  DigitalOcean has a referral program, so if you are interested in signing up please do a guy a favor and use this link.   Thanks!!!

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