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Unlock Effortless App Development with DigitalOcean's Reimagined App Platform

Posted: May 20, 20244 min read

At DigitalOcean we’re on a mission to redefine app development so that developers and startups can build and scale their apps with ease. Today, we’re proud to introduce the reimagined, next generation of App Platform, DigitalOcean’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering.

In this release, we’ve addressed key customer requests, including implementing autoscaling, providing a new, more flexible pricing model that makes it more cost-effective to scale, and allowing for Dedicated IPs. Our goal with these updates is to provide you with a more scalable App Platform that truly works as a partner alongside your development team. Learn more about the updates below, and try it out yourself by signing up for the new App Platform.

App Platform: A fully managed PaaS solution for apps

DigitalOcean App Platform is loved by developers and startups for its simplicity and affordability. It’s a fully managed PaaS solution that allows users to effortlessly deploy their applications by simply providing their code (via a git repository) or a pre-built container image. App Platform takes care of the entire application lifecycle, from building and deploying to monitoring and scaling, removing the complexity of managing the underlying infrastructure.

Many DigitalOcean users are already experiencing the benefits of App Platform. Take it from Marko Širec, Lead Backend Engineer at Blub Blub, who praises DigitalOcean’s App Platform for its exceptional price performance and simplicity. “App Platform’s price performance was the best—it was much cheaper than Heroku and abstracted away a layer of complexity that we just didn’t need to deal with because we’re such a small team,” he acknowledges.

Supported by a diverse array of languages and frameworks, including Node.js, Next.js, React, Python, Flask, Django, Laravel, Go, and Docker, App Platform caters to a wide spectrum of development needs.

What’s new in the May 2024 App Platform release

Over the past months, the DigitalOcean team has been hard at work talking to customers to better understand their needs and building out new features to meet those requests. The reimagined App Platform improves the app creation experience for users while lowering the total cost of ownership, enabling users to seamlessly deploy a wide range of applications—from web interfaces and business solutions to cutting-edge microservice-based applications. Some of the major updates include:

  • Autoscaling

  • Dedicated IP

  • Less cost with more resources, and cheaper to scale

  • Removal of tiers, bringing more flexibility to build what you need

Here’s a closer look at the exciting new features of the revamped App Platform:

Enhanced pricing and packaging for growing businesses

DigitalOcean’s commitment to fostering business growth is reflected in the revamped pricing model and updated packaging of App Platform. Key highlights include:

  • Simplified packaging with the elimination of tiers (starter, basic, pro).

  • Expanded range of dedicated instances (from 3 to 9 instances) with options ranging from 1vcpu/0.5GB to 8vcpu/32GB.

  • 35% lower pricing for dedicated instances.

  • Much higher egress data transfer allowance. Data transfer allowance is now given per instance, as opposed to per application in the past.

  • 80% reduction in bandwidth overage fee (from 10 cents/GiB to 2 cents/GiB)*.

With the removal of the basic and professional tiers, customers can mix and match different instance types to create tailored solutions for their specific use cases.

Hassle-free scaling with autoscaling

In an era of fluctuating workloads, developers require infrastructure that can efficiently handle varying demands without manual intervention. App Platform has now introduced CPU-based autoscaling, enabling customers to scale applications horizontally based on utilization metrics. By automatically adjusting container instances within preset minimum and maximum limits, App Platform optimizes resource usage and costs, allowing seamless scalability.

Strengthened security with Dedicated IPs

Recognizing the importance of data security, App Platform introduces Dedicated Egress IP, allowing users to assign unique static IP addresses for outgoing traffic. This feature enhances security by enabling IP whitelisting, thereby controlling access to third-party services and APIs. This provides a stable and uninterrupted connection, helping to safeguard the transmission of sensitive data.

Get started with App Platform’s free tier

We can’t wait for you to experience the value of App Platform for yourself. App Platform’s free tier is designed to get you started at no cost. Sign up here with $200 in free credits for new DigitalOcean accounts.**

  • 3 apps with static sites

  • 1GiB data transfer allowance per app with static sites

  • Deployment from GitHub and Gitlab

  • Automatic HTTPS

  • Bring your custom domain

  • Global CDN

  • DDoS mitigation

  • Unlimited team members

For detailed information on App Platform’s features and capabilities, visit the App Platform product page. To explore pricing options, or the free tier, visit the App Platform pricing page.

* Please note, pricing is accurate as of May 2024.

** Terms and conditions apply.


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