Leverage the efficiency and scalability of DigitalOcean Kubernetes Volumes Block Storage to drive growth for your business

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Kubernetes Volumes Block Storage by DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean Kubernetes Volumes is a persistent storage solution that allows you to provision and manage block storage volumes for your Kubernetes clusters. It is a fully managed service that is integrated with the DigitalOcean Kubernetes platform, making it easy to provision and manage storage for your applications.

DigitalOcean Kubernetes storage is based on the Container Storage Interface (CSI), which is an open standard for provisioning and managing storage for containerized applications. This means that you can use the same tools and techniques to manage your DigitalOcean Kubernetes storage as you would for other CSI-compliant storage solutions.

DigitalOcean Kubernetes Volumes Block Storage is a great option to store persistent data for your Kubernetes applications. It’s a reliable, scalable, and easy-to-use solution that integrates natively with the DigitalOcean Kubernetes platform.

Benefits of DigitalOcean Kubernetes storage

Simplified data management

DigitalOcean Volumes Block Storage simplifies data management by seamlessly integrating with containerized applications. Through persistent volumes, users can easily deploy, scale, and manage storage resources. This simplification with features including automation, streamlines workflows, reducing the complexity associated with traditional storage solutions.

Scalability and performance

Leveraging DigitalOcean Volumes Block storage helps ensure optimal scalability and performance by enabling microservices, stateful services, low-latency, and multiple storage options. Moreover, dynamic provisioning via the integration of OpenEBS application, allows automatic adjustment of storage resources based on demand, allowing applications to run smoothly even during traffic spikes. This elasticity enables users to scale their infrastructure effortlessly, accommodating evolving workloads without compromising performance.

Cost-effective storage volumes

DigitalOcean Kubernetes provides cost-effective storage solutions with flexible and predictable pricing models. You can optimize resource allocation with DigitalOcean Kubernetes, paying only for the storage you consume since your storage will scale down when it’s not used. This cost efficiency is particularly advantageous for startups and small businesses, allowing them to manage budgets effectively while ensuring reliable and scalable storage infrastructure that only consumes needed resources, reducing waste.

Enhanced security

DigitalOcean Kubernetes storage prioritizes security by leveraging features such as encryption, [role-based access control](https://docs.digitalocean.com/glossary/rbac/#:~:text=Role-based access control (RBAC,role-to-role relationships.), and network policies. Data at rest and in transit is encrypted, safeguarding sensitive information. Access controls enable fine-grained permission management, reducing the risk of unauthorized access. Network policies further enhance security by defining communication rules, and creating a secure environment for containerized applications.

Snapshot cloning accelerates testing and development

DigitalOcean Kubernetes storage supports snapshot cloning, enabling users to create exact replicas of their storage volumes for testing and development purposes. This feature accelerates the development lifecycle by providing developers with realistic and isolated environments to test changes and updates. Snapshot cloning enhances productivity and provides seamless integration of new features without impacting the production environment.

Native integration with DigitalOcean services

Seamlessly and natively integrate your DigitalOcean Kubernetes cluster with other DigitalOcean managed services, including Load Balancers, Firewalls, Spaces an S3-compatible object storage, and Marketplace 1-Click apps. With support for public/private image registries like Docker Hub, DOCR and Quay.io, developers easily run and scale container-based workloads. Full programmatic control via the Kubernetes API allows utilization of open-source tools while enjoying managed infrastructure. DigitalOcean Kubernetes, a certified Kubernetes conformant platform, streamlines application container launches and workload management in the cloud with minimal configuration and operations overhead.

Customer stories: Kubernetes storage by DigitalOcean

1. Find out how Zingbrain utilizes DigitalOcean Kubernetes cost-effectively

Stephen Lazarionok and Vladislav Artemyev, with over a decade of experience in game and software development, rely on various DigitalOcean products to host their platforms—Scorum and Zingbrain. Their AI-powered gaming engine utilizes DigitalOcean Kubernetes, Managed Databases, and Spaces Object Storage for fast, stable performance. With a compact team of 10, factors like cost, efficiency, and support were pivotal in choosing DigitalOcean as their cloud infrastructure provider. They continue to trust DigitalOcean as they expand their businesses.

2. Read how Datacake leverages DigitalOcean Kubernetes to scale their business

Founded in 2017, Datacake is a German low-code IoT platform that facilitates the easy creation of custom IoT applications for various use cases. Since 2020, Datacake has experienced rapid growth. To focus on application development, they sought to minimize backend infrastructure maintenance. DigitalOcean played a vital role by providing managed offerings like DigitalOcean Kubernetes, DigitalOcean Spaces, managed Redis, and managed PostgreSQL, allowing Datacake to scale efficiently and focus more on their application. Additionally, DigitalOcean’s auto-scaling capabilities empowered them to meet increasing customer demands seamlessly.

Explore efficient storage solutions via Spaces Developer Center tutorials and a real-life example of DigitalOcean Kubernetes and Spaces for further insights.

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Frequently asked questions

What is DigitalOcean Kubernetes Volumes Block Storage?

DigitalOcean Kubernetes Volumes storage solutions refer to the block storage services available in DigitalOcean’s managed Kubernetes service. It encompasses persistent volumes, claims, and support for DigitalOcean Volumes, offering scalable and resilient storage options for containerized applications.

How does DigitalOcean Kubernetes handle data on local storage devices?

DigitalOcean Kubernetes supports local storage on nodes, providing a storage option for containerized applications. However, it’s essential to note that local storage is ephemeral and susceptible to data loss during node failures or replacements, leading to temporary storage. To ensure data persistence, consider leveraging external storage solutions, such as DigitalOcean Volumes or Persistent Volumes backed by Block Storage, particularly for critical or persistent data requirements.

Can I use DigitalOcean Volumes with DigitalOcean Kubernetes for persistent storage?

Yes, you can use DigitalOcean Volumes as persistent storage in DigitalOcean Kubernetes. By defining a Storage Class and Persistent Volume Claim, you can provision DigitalOcean Volumes for your Kubernetes applications.

How does DigitalOcean Kubernetes implement Container Attached Storage (CAS)?

DigitalOcean Kubernetes integrates Container Attached Storage via marketplace by allowing direct attachment of storage to individual containers with its one-click application OpenEBS. This Kubernetes storage architecture enhances container portability and flexibility, as storage is closely associated with specific containers. By utilizing this approach, DigitalOcean Kubernetes facilitates an efficient storage model, allowing containers to have more control over their associated storage resources, ultimately contributing to a streamlined and container-centric storage infrastructure within the Kubernetes environment.

How can I integrate remote cloud storage with DigitalOcean Kubernetes (DigitalOcean Kubernetes)?

Integrate remote cloud storage by specifying a remote storage class in your Kubernetes manifests, linking to services like DigitalOcean Spaces. This facilitates access to scalable and resilient storage, extending data availability beyond local infrastructure limitations, and enabling seamless cloud-native storage solutions.

What is the role of the Container Storage Interface (CSI) in DigitalOcean Kubernetes?

The Container Storage Interface (CSI) plugin for DigitalOcean Kubernetes serves as the standard interface between container orchestrators (like Kubernetes) and storage systems. It allows seamless integration of various storage solutions into Kubernetes, enabling features such as creating volume Snapshots, and volume expansion. Through CSI, DigitalOcean Kubernetes facilitates the management and utilization of diverse storage systems, enhancing flexibility and compatibility for containerized applications.

How does dynamic provisioning work in DigitalOcean Kubernetes?

Dynamic Provisioning in DigitalOcean Kubernetes via a third-party tool, OpenEBS NFS Provisioner, allows automatic creation of storage resources based on Persistent Volume Claims. When a PVC is created, DigitalOcean dynamically provisions the specified storage class, streamlining the storage management process for Kubernetes applications.

What is the role of Storage Classes in DigitalOcean Kubernetes?

Storage Classes define the characteristics of the storage tier provisioned in DigitalOcean Kubernetes. By specifying a StorageClass in your Persistent Volume Claim, you control parameters such as storage type, IOPS, and redundancy, tailoring storage to your application’s specific requirements.

How does DigitalOcean Kubernetes support a Network File System (NFS)?

DigitalOcean Kubernetes facilitates NFS integration for scalable and shared file storage. Users can leverage Persistent Volumes with NFS-backed storage, allowing multiple pods to access and share the same file system. This enables collaborative data access for containerized applications within the DigitalOcean Kubernetes environment.

How does data persistence work in DigitalOcean Kubernetes during node failures?

In the event of node failures in DigitalOcean Kubernetes, data stored on local storage is subject to loss. To ensure data persistence, consider using external storage solutions such as DigitalOcean Volumes backed by block storage.

Is object storage integrated with DigitalOcean Kubernetes storage services?

While not directly integrated, DigitalOcean Spaces, an object storage service, offers a separate solution for storing and serving unstructured data. It can complement DigitalOcean Kubernetes by providing scalable and reliable object storage and underlying storage infrastructure for large datasets, backups, and multimedia files.

How can I integrate my storage plugin with DigitalOcean Kubernetes?

Integrating a custom storage plugin with DigitalOcean Kubernetes involves developing a Container Storage Interface (CSI) compliant plugin. By adhering to CSI standards, your plugin can seamlessly interface with DigitalOcean Kubernetes, providing compatibility for various storage solutions. This approach allows users to extend storage capabilities, accommodating unique storage systems or requirements by leveraging a standardized and extensible framework within the DigitalOcean Kubernetes environment.

How does DigitalOcean Kubernetes ensure data protection for Kubernetes applications?

DigitalOcean Kubernetes prioritizes data protection of the stored data through features like Persistent Volumes (PVs) and Claims (PVCs). By leveraging DigitalOcean Kubernetes infrastructure best practices, users can implement reliable backup and recovery strategies. Implementing these solutions help ensure that critical data persists across node failures or replacements, maintaining the integrity and availability of data for Kubernetes applications in a secure and resilient manner.

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