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Simplify and scale your Kubernetes workloads with Spaces Object Storage

Jeff Braunstein

Posted: July 10, 20234 min read

Efficiency and scalability are the cornerstones of successful Kubernetes workloads. In today’s fast-paced digital landscape, organizations require robust storage solutions seamlessly integrating with their Kubernetes environments. DigitalOcean Spaces Object Storage has numerous benefits when paired with DigitalOcean Kubernetes like S3 compatible API, virtually limitless scalability, built-in CDN with Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS), native integration, up to 800 requests per second, and more. By combining the scalability, simplicity, and flexibility of Spaces with the power of Kubernetes, you can optimize your infrastructure, streamline workflows, and elevate the performance of your applications.

Simplified Data Management

DigitalOcean Spaces Object Storage offers a user-friendly interface and API that simplifies data management in your Kubernetes environment. Object storage is an ideal solution for Kubernetes environments because all pods can access all data at all times. With Spaces, you can easily store and retrieve files, images, and other objects, seamlessly integrating them into your Kubernetes workflows. By leveraging the familiar S3-compatible API, you can effortlessly interact with Spaces, making it an ideal choice for developers familiar with the popular S3 API.

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Seamless integration

Spaces integrates natively with DigitalOcean Kubernetes, allowing you to leverage its powerful features and streamline your application workflows. By integrating one of the S3 SDKs into your Kubernetes application, you can mount Spaces as a storage bucket within your Kubernetes pods, enabling easy, shared access to object storage. The Spaces documentation includes a number of code examples for interacting with the files in your Spaces bucket.

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Scalability and performance

Scalability is a critical aspect of any Kubernetes deployment, and Spaces Object Storage excels in this regard. DigitalOcean Spaces offers virtually limitless scalability, ensuring your storage can grow alongside your application needs. Whether you’re dealing with small-scale projects or enterprise-level workloads, Spaces can handle it all. The Spaces’ API supports up to 800 Requests per Second (RPS) per bucket.

Resilience and durability

Data reliability is critical for any storage solution in a Kubernetes environment. Spaces Object Storage helps ensure high levels of data resilience and durability. Spaces data is replicated across multiple physical racks, providing built-in redundancy and protection against hardware failures or data corruption. By leveraging Spaces’ robust data protection mechanisms, you can help safeguard your critical data and minimize the risk of data loss.

Advantages over block and file/NFS storage

DigitalOcean and other cloud vendors also offer block storage and file storage products that can be used with Kubernetes. In some use cases, they are appropriate for Kubernetes workflows. However, neither of these storage options offers the combination of features offered by Spaces Object Storage, including virtually limitless scalability and the ability to share files via a worldwide CDN.

Cost-effective storage

DigitalOcean Spaces Object Storage provides an affordable storage solution for your Kubernetes workloads. With a competitive pricing plan and a pay-as-you-go model, you only pay for the storage you need, making it cost-effective for businesses of all sizes. This flexibility allows you to allocate your resources more efficiently, optimizing your infrastructure costs without compromising performance or reliability.

Enhanced collaboration and distribution

Spaces Object Storage enables efficient collaboration and distribution of data across your Kubernetes environment. Whether you need to share files between pods, deploy static websites, or distribute large datasets, Spaces simplifies the process. By leveraging Spaces’ built-in Content Delivery Network (CDN), you can serve content globally with reduced latency, helping ensure a smooth user experience for your customers, no matter where they are located. The Spaces CDN also includes robust Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) settings to allow you to share resources across multiple domains.

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Real-world examples

Thousands of DigitalOcean customers are leveraging the synergies of DigitalOcean Kubernetes with DigitalOcean Spaces Object Storage. Here are some case studies to learn more:

Zingbrain uses DigitalOcean Kubernetes with Spaces for their AI-powered gaming engine. They like the high availability and cost efficiency of the combined solution.

Datacake uses Kubernetes and Spaces to power their low-code IoT platform. They appreciate how simple it is to spin up and manage services on DigitalOcean.

Start using Spaces with Kubernetes today

DigitalOcean Spaces Object Storage empowers DigitalOcean Kubernetes users with a powerful and efficient storage solution. By combining the simplicity and scalability of Spaces with the flexibility of Kubernetes, you can streamline your workflows, reduce complexity, and optimize your infrastructure costs. From simplified data management to seamless integration, Spaces enables you to focus on developing and delivering exceptional applications while leaving the storage complexities to DigitalOcean.

Embrace the benefits of DigitalOcean Spaces Object Storage today and unlock a new level of efficiency and scalability for your Kubernetes deployments. Start leveraging the power of Spaces and take your applications to greater heights. Sign up for DigitalOcean Spaces now or let us help you set up your Kubernetes cluster with Spaces, and witness its transformative impact on your Kubernetes workloads.

Further reading: Spaces Developer Center Tutorials, Real-life example: DigitalOcean Kubernetes and Spaces


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