What's the difference between a Droplet, Kubernete, and App?

Posted March 2, 2021 2.2k views
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When you click on “Create” you are shown a dropdown with a list of things you can create. I’m trying to host two mobile applications and two web applications, so I’m not sure what to choose. I’m assuming it will be one of the first three (a Droplet, Kubernete, or App), but what’s the difference between these?

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Hello @christiannc ,

App Platform is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering that allows developers to publish code directly to DigitalOcean servers without worrying about the underlying infrastructure.

App Platform can either automatically analyze and build code from your GitHub, GitLab or public Git repositories and publish your application to the cloud, or publish a container image you have already uploaded to DigitalOcean Container Registry. It also has lifecycle management features, vertical and horizontal scaling, push-to-deploy support, introspection and monitoring features, built-in database management and integration — everything a developer needs to get code live in production.

Kubernetes, gives users control of a managed Kubernetes cluster that can run their container-based applications. It supports private registries, autoscaling, and push-to-deploy (through GitHub actions). It also provides a DigitalOcean-hosted instance of the Kubernetes dashboard for each cluster, and replaces the concept of “master nodes” with a node pool that manages capacity for you, resulting in a Kubernetes experience that is significantly simpler than the native experience.

You can build your own infrastructure solution that uses Droplets (Linux based virtual machines) for compute capacity. Common techniques and workflows for configuration management tools like Terraform and Ansible are covered in the Navigator’s Guide. You can also get a sense of how the various products work together by reading the Solutions guides.

Hope this helps!

Sri Charan