2017: What's Shipping Next on DigitalOcean

The start of a new year is a great opportunity to reflect on the past twelve months. At the beginning of 2016, I began advising the team at DigitalOcean and I knew the company and the products were something special. I joined DigitalOcean as the CTO in June 2016 and our engineering team was scaling rapidly, teams were organizing around new product initiatives, and we were gearing up for the second product to be shipped in our company's history: Block Storage.

Going from one great product to two in 2016 was a major shift for DigitalOcean and the start of what's going to be an exciting year of new capabilities to support larger production workloads in 2017.

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Improved Graphs: Powered by the Open Source DO Agent

At DigitalOcean, we want to make monitoring the services you've deployed simple and easy. As engineers, we know that having greater insight into the machines running in your fleet increases the speed at which you can troubleshoot issues. That's why we're excited to launch new and improved memory and disk space graphs!

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Open Source at DigitalOcean: Introducing go-qemu and go-libvirt

At DigitalOcean, we use libvirt with QEMU to create and manage the virtual machines that compose our Droplet product. QEMU is the workhorse that enables hundreds of Droplets to run on a single server within our data centers. To perform management actions (like powering off a Droplet), we originally built automation which relied on shelling out to `virsh`, a command-line client used to interact with the libvirt daemon.

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Open Source at Its (Hacktober)best

The third-annual Hacktoberfest, which wrapped up October 31, brought a community of project maintainers, seasoned contributors, and open-source beginners together to give back to many great projects. It was a record setting year which confirmed the power of communities in general, and specifically the open source community.

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