Cloud platforms are often categorized as providing either Infrastructure-as-a-Service or Platform-as-a-Service. On one side of the spectrum are IaaS giants such as AWS, which provide a broad range of services for building infrastructure. On the other are PaaS providers such as Heroku and Netlify which abstract away the lower-level choices and focus on developer experience.
Digital Ocean has carved out a sizable niche in the cloud hosting space by targeting the middle ground- a streamlined cloud platform built for developers, which still offers the ability to choose, customize, and manage infrastructure. The release of Digital Ocean’s App Platform takes this goal a step further. The App Platform allows users to build and deploy an app or static site directly from GitHub directly onto a DigitalOcean-managed Kubernetes cluster. Teams can access the power, scale, and flexibility of Kubernetes without having to worry about the complexity of managing a cluster themselves. The App Platform gives developers the choice of how much of their infrastructure they want to control, and how much they want to be provided by the platform.
Cody Baker and Apurva Joshi work at Digital Ocean. They join the show today to talk about why Digital Ocean stands out in a competitive cloud hosting space, what is the value proposition for developers interested in the App Platform, and how the PaaS industry is evolving.
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