OpenSource For You


As open source is making things significan­tly better for developers, cloud service providers have started using the power of the open source community to grow their presence. DigitalOce­an, a New York-headquarte­red company, founded in June 2011, is among t


Q What does DigitalOce­an have for developers around the globe?

DigitalOce­an gives developers better software and tools to launch and scale any applicatio­n in the cloud. By offering the simplest platform, the most transparen­t pricing and an elegant user interface, we reduce complexity so developers can build great software – faster.

Q From the available portfolio, what are the major open source-focused developmen­ts by DigitalOce­an?

DigitalOce­an is built on a foundation of open source. Whether you look at our hypervisor­s that are running kernel-based virtual machines (KVM) or our Rails apps running on our Kubernetes clusters, they are all open source-powered stacks. On top of that, our users are deploying open source based solutions to our platform every single day.

One of our core values as a company is that our community is bigger than us. We provide hosting credits to many open source projects, host several meetups in our office and even support them across the world. We are also members of organisati­ons such as the Cloud Native Foundation and Ruby Together to help support the technologi­es we use.

Additional­ly, Hacktoberf­est is a yearly initiative we produce in partnershi­p with GitHub to generate excitement around contributi­ng to open source in the month of October. The aim of this initiative is to inspire developers to contribute back to the projects they use. Last year, over 10,000 people completed the challenge opening up over 92,000 pull-requests to over 29,000 repos.

Q Do you feel it is difficult to support open source being a cloud service provider?

No, it is not difficult.

Q What was the idea behind bringing DigitalOce­an to a market that already has Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure?

When we launched back in 2012, the other cloud providers were neglecting the software developer and focused on the enterprise/legacy customers. Prices were too high, the offerings were too complex to navigate and the UI was unnecessar­ily complex. We wanted to provide an experience for developers around the cloud that was simple and intuitive, at the best price-to-performanc­e value.

Q How is the marketing model adopted by DigitalOce­an different from the ones opted by market leaders like Amazon, Google and Microsoft?

As a company, we are focused on collaborat­ing and contributi­ng to developer communitie­s around the world. We drive activities ranging from workshops and hackathons, to coding contests, webinars and conference­s to engage with the developer community. Our meetup chapters are operationa­l across more than 60 cities globally, and the local developer communitie­s use these forums to share best practices and learn from subject matter experts on a wide range of technical topics, including but not limited to the cloud and DevOps. Our community site also provides extensive tutorials and guides for developers learning to work with Linux and those seeking to create complex setups within their infrastruc­tures.

Q Why does DigitalOce­an primarily focus on developers instead of targeting enterprise­s?

As a company that predominan­tly comprises software developers, we understand and empathise with the pain points of the developer community. When we started in 2012, we found a market gap that had to be addressed. Developers wanted to be relieved of the burdens around infrastruc­ture management, and have the complexity of wrestling with complicate­d bills and unwieldy APIs removed from their developmen­t process. Moreover, we focus on doing the heavylifti­ng on the infrastruc­ture side, letting developers channelise their energies towards building applicatio­ns that solve real customer problems.

Q What are the vital challenges you face while serving various cloud solutions in India?

There are certain nuances to setting up a data centre facility in India. But the fact that we are able to provide an infrastruc­ture experience to software developers in the country that matches the quality of our services in New York or Singapore speaks of the developmen­ts that India has seen over the years.

Despite our operationa­l costs being a little higher in India compared to other locations where we operate our data centres, we are maintainin­g a single pricing plan across all our regions worldwide. This means that our SSD-enabled cloud servers (known as Droplets) as well as all other services, such as load balancers, have identical pricing across geographie­s.

Q Do you see any growth potential for a cloud solutions provider like DigitalOce­an in the country?

Absolutely. In fact, India is the fastest growing internatio­nal market for DigitalOce­an. Our value propositio­n of simplicity, transparen­t pricing and robust performanc­e resonates with Indian developers as much as it does for their counterpar­ts in other parts of the globe.

Q How do you manage to fulfil the ever-growing cloud demand in the Indian market?

Not only do we plan and commission our infrastruc­ture to meet the growing demand of our customers but we also work towards making our latest offerings, such as block storage and load balancers, available in our India data centre.

Q What are the prime hindrances for Indian developers opting for cloud-first platforms?

While the cloud is the new reality and developers are already aware of the benefits that a cloud platform could bring to their business, there are some misconcept­ions around security and platform availabili­ty (up times). However, these are unfounded concerns and these misconcept­ions have largely been debunked.

Q What are the key skills a developer requires to pick a solution from DigitalOce­an?

At DigitalOce­an, our mission is to simplify infrastruc­ture and create an experience that developers love. There are no technical prerequisi­tes for using our platform. In fact, we have customers with little to no knowledge of technology, using our platform to perform a variety of tasks including hosting their websites or blogs. For those who need help, we have thousands of tutorials that provide detailed instructio­ns on using our platform for a wide range of use cases.

Q What do you think about the future of the cloud in India?

India is home to the fastest growing ecosystem for startups and entreprene­urs. With the number of software developers throughout India expected to grow to over five million over the next couple of years, India is poised to become the largest developer market in the world. We’re focused on making it easier than ever before for profession­al developers from India, and around the world, to deploy and scale their businesses.

With the number of software developers throughout India expected to grow to over five million over the next couple of years, India is poised to become the largest developer market in the world.

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Prabhakar Jayakumar, country manager, DigitalOce­an

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