December was a busy month at DigitalOcean as we introduced many new features. Here are the highlights for this month:
As more businesses have realized they could save huge sums of money by migrating their bandwidth-intensive apps to DigitalOcean, we’ve heard some say that they need more robust, scalable load balancers than the ones we provide for just $10 per month.
We are excited to introduce more scalable Load Balancer plans. Our new ‘Medium’ Load Balancer is a great fit for transaction-driven sites or services with moderate traffic, and costs just $30 per month. Our ‘Large’ Load Balancer is ideal for higher-traffic sites or API endpoints, and costs $60 per month. Users of our existing $10 per month Load Balancer will find that these are now classified as ‘Small.’ Check out the docs to learn more.
A few months ago, we renamed Standard Droplet plans to Basic Droplet plans. Basic Droplets have shared CPU and are ideal for simple or bursty applications such as low-traffic web servers, blogs, discussion forums, CMS, small databases, dev/test servers, microservices, and repository hosting.
We have deprecated Standard Droplet plans from the API for new users. Existing customers will retain grandfathered access to these plans. See the API changelog for a full list of deprecated plans.
We recently upgraded Managed Databases from Redis 5 to Redis 6. This means if you spin up a cluster for Managed Redis, you will now have access to Redis 6. You can no longer create Redis 5 clusters.
Redis 6 provides a lot of new functionality related to security, performance, and ease of use. This includes features like access control lists (ACLs), ability to encrypt traffic over SSL, threaded I/O to boost performance, support for a new version of the RESP3 protocol, etc. We hope this upgrade will enable you to get the most out of Redis.
Starting January 6**,** your existing clusters for Managed Redis will be automatically upgraded to version 6. Redis 6 is fully backward compatible, so your applications with Redis 5 should work seamlessly with Redis 6.
Last month we launched the ‘Deploy to DigitalOcean’ button, which helps maintainers, contributors, and consumers of open source software save time with app deployment. Simply embed this button and associated link in the README.md files in your GitHub repositories, web pages, blogs, etc. – and let us handle the app deployment process.
You can now get DigitalOcean credits for use of the ‘Deploy to DigitalOcean’ button. If you refer someone to DigitalOcean via the button using a valid referral code, they’ll receive credits on their account as soon as they add a valid payment method. Additionally, you’ll receive credit with DigitalOcean for the referral. The amounts that are paid out are listed here.
We launched many preconfigured 1-Click Apps in the DigitalOcean Marketplace to help you save time and remove the hassle of provisioning servers.
We have released two new versions for doctl, the official DigitalOcean CLI:
We hope you’ll give the new products and updates a try. If you have an idea for improving our products or want to vote on other user ideas so they get prioritized, please submit your feedback. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask them here.
Until next month,
Senior Product Manager
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