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Digital Ocean is a fast-growing, New York-based cloud infrastructure provider. It is collaboration-focused, remote-friendly, and a flexible company. Grab this opportunity to ask them anything through this AMA.

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  • New Digital Ocean Spaces
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  • Block storage
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Thanks for doing the AMA!

I am a freelance developer who has used DO exclusively for all my servers for several years now. Being able to provision servers via API has been a huge timesaver. Most everything I try to do with the platform is focused on automation as I just don't have time to manually do things. With that being the context, I am curious about the following:

Block storage has been really useful for abstracting files from the main OS, but I would like to share that between two (or more) servers for load-balancing instead of something like GlusterFS. Any plans for something like this (and I know this is a non-trivial problem)?

I just started with object storage and was planning on using it much like a CDN to offload assets and save on block storage (provisioned one private, for backups, and one public, for content). Was it designed for that in mind, or more of a straight up S3 alternative? Mostly, I'm worried about latencies, not that DO has ever really underperformed in that regard.

Any future plans for cross datacenter networking and/or easy live migration of droplets between datacenters? I would love to be able to move them around as need be, but have all the associated things come with or work (i.e. floating IP's, firewalls, block storage).

Thank you for DO, it has seriously changed my life as a developer. Most of what I do now wouldn't be possible without it. Thank you!

-Adam

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Well shoot, I don't know why I didn't think of that. That makes a lot of sense to try in the meantime. I'll give that a shot, thank you!

-Adam

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Hi, DO team

Thanks for doing AMA's.

I want to know that, are you planning/building project like firebase/Firestore or real-time database?

Because mostly startups want serverless infrastructure at initial phase.

Regards.

With spaces, DO stepped into object storage. Should we expect to see new additions like cdn, e-mail infra, etc so that companies can set up their whole infrastructure on DO?

Hi Ipseeta, yes you can expect new products and features in the coming months to help developers and businesses build, scale and manage their applications on DigitalOcean. We’ve been growing our product and engineering teams to do just that!

For CDN and email infrastructure, there are some good open source and commercial options. We’re always aiming to make open source options easy to use on DO, and when there are popular commercial products we will look to make those integrations easy as well.

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Hi @DO team! Thanks for the AMA.

Is DigitalOcean mainly only preferred by Startups and freelance developers? How do you attract corporate companies?

Hi Duane, we’ve seen a steady increase in the number of project teams that use DigitalOcean, with over 70K teams on the platform and 1+ million developers.

These teams are at startups and larger companies, for example slack and docker. The ease of using DigitalOcean is normally why we are brought into a company, usually by a developer who has used us in the past and wants to use us for a project at work. We’ve profiled a few customers on our web site and will be adding more: https://www.digitalocean.com/customers/

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Hi there! With the cloud market heating up, how is DO planning to compete with AWS, Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, etc?

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