Make application deployment easier by leveraging serverless Kubernetes with DigitalOcean

Optimize your infrastructure and streamline workflows by utilizing flexible, scalable, and high-performance serverless Kubernetes solutions with DigitalOcean

Serverless DigitalOcean Kubernetes

Serverless Kubernetes integrates the robust Kubernetes orchestration with the efficiency of serverless computing. Serverless Kubernetes can be built by leveraging DigitalOcean managed Kubernetes (DOKS), which streamlines server management, automates scaling, and simplifies application deployment. By using serverless frameworks like Knative or OpenFaaS and tools such as DigitalOcean Functions, you can dynamically scale operations based on demand, optimizing resource usage and costs.

Severless Kubernetes lets developers benefit from simplified deployment, focusing on defining serverless functions without dealing with manual server intricacies. The flexibility of cluster management and integration with DigitalOcean Load Balancers and Volumes using API and command line, allows seamless incorporation of serverless and traditional workloads. With automated resource allocation and monitoring tools, serverless DigitalOcean Kubernetes offers a simplified and efficient approach to modern application deployment.

Benefits of serverless DigitalOcean Kubernetes

Dynamic scalability

DigitalOcean’s Kubernetes service, combined with serverless frameworks such as Knative OpenFaaS, enables dynamic scaling of serverless functions based on demand. This helps ensure optimal resource utilization and responsiveness to varying workloads without manual intervention.

Automated server management

Serverless on DigitalOcean Kubernetes automates server management tasks, including provisioning, scaling, and load balancing using various third-party tools and applications such as AguisCloud, Chef, Ansible and more. This allows developers to focus on writing code and deploying serverless functions without the need for manual server management.

Simplified deployment

Serverless Kubernetes simplifies the deployment of applications by abstracting infrastructure complexities. Developers can define and deploy serverless functions within the Kubernetes environment, streamlining the deployment process.

Integrated monitoring and logging

Serverless Kubernetes simplifies the deployment of applications by abstracting infrastructure complexities. Developers can define and deploy serverless functions within the Kubernetes environment, streamlining the deployment process.

Flexible cluster management

Users can create and manage Kubernetes clusters on DigitalOcean, tailoring them to specific application requirements. The flexibility of cluster management accommodates diverse workloads, whether serverless or traditional, within the same Kubernetes environment.

Efficient resource utilization

With serverless Kubernetes on DigitalOcean, resources are allocated efficiently. Serverless functions scale automatically, ensuring that resources are only used when needed. This results in cost savings and improved overall resource utilization.

Tools and resources to facilitate efficient serverless Kubernetes with DigitalOcean


DigitalOcean Functions: By leveraging DigitalOcean Functions in conjunction with Kubernetes, developers can extend the power of serverless computing to their containerized applications. Whether building serverless APIs for web or mobile applications, this combination provides a flexible and dynamic infrastructure that automatically scales based on demand, optimizing resource utilization and minimizing costs. Optimize your serverless on Kubernetes with DigitalOcean Functions, wherein efficiency, scalability, and cost-effectiveness converge seamlessly.


For further reading and a better understanding of serverless Kubernetes with DigitalOcean, explore these detailed and up-to-date resources:

  1. How to run serverless workloads with Knative on DigitalOcean

  2. What is serverless?

  3. Best practices for rearchitecting monolithic applications to microservices

  4. How to write a serverless function

  5. How to set up your first Gatsby website

  6. How to run serverless functions using OpenFaaS on DigitalOcean

  7. How to install and secure OpenFaaS using Docker Swarm on Ubuntu 16.04

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Frequently asked questions

What is Serverless Kubernetes?

Serverless Kubernetes is a deployment model that completely abstracts the underlying infrastructure management from the users. The Kubernetes nodes and worker capacity instead scales automatically based on the workload requirements of your applications and services running on the cluster. You no longer have to manually size, provision, or upgrade the nodes. Instead, the Kubernetes provider handles that on the backend, saving teams significant overhead along with other benefits like per-second billing.

How does DigitalOcean provide Serverless Kubernetes?

DigitalOcean offers serverless functions through its fully managed Kubernetes offering called DigitalOcean Kubernetes (DOKS). DigitalOcean built a custom component called the Cloud Native Runtime (CNR) which facilitates auto-scaling in DOKS serverless clusters. The CNR constantly monitors for resource constraints and performance indicators and seamlessly scales the worker node capacity up or down in real-time to keep applications stable with optimal container performance.

What applications are best suited for Serverless Kubernetes?

Applications that have dynamic or unpredictable traffic patterns, like web services, REST APIs, event-driven workloads, CI/CD pipelines, and general microservices architectures, all suit extremely well to a serverless Kubernetes approach. Moreover, managed Kubernetes service helps enable the ability to run stateless containerized apps that can handle nodes scaling underneath, which matches the strengths of serverless.

Can I deploy non-serverless workloads alongside Kubernetes native serverless applications on DigitalOcean?

One of the benefits of Kubernetes native serverless on DigitalOcean is the ability to run both serverless and traditional workloads within the same Kubernetes cluster. This flexibility allows for a unified infrastructure to support various application architectures.

How does billing work with serverless on DigitalOcean Kubernetes?

One major advantage of using serverless Kubernetes with DigitalOcean is you only pay for exactly what you use. DigitalOcean bills per second based on the compute resources consumed to run your workloads. No longer do teams have to allocate node capacity they won’t fully utilize or overprovision to handle spikes. Unused capacity isn’t billed. Automated near real-time scaling means billing aligns tightly with true application demands. Additionally, DOKS doesn’t charge for the control plane or Kubernetes management; you only pay for the consumed resources like VMs, DBaaS, LBaaS.

What programming languages are supported for writing function code in a Serverless Kubernetes environment on DigitalOcean?

DigitalOcean provides flexibility by supporting a variety of programming languages for writing function code. Commonly supported languages include but are not limited to Python, Node.js, Go, and Ruby. The choice of language depends on the preferences of the developer and the specific requirements of the application.

Is there any difference in latency with a serverless architecture?

Serverless architectures often achieve lower latency because it is lightweight and consumes minimal resources.DigitalOcean uses top-of-the-line Droplets for serverless nodes. Combined with an auto-scaling cluster, keeping usage optimized, serverless removes potential performance bottlenecks. Workloads on serverless Kubernetes clusters typically enjoy very high performance and low latency.

Can I customize or extend the core components to meet specific requirements in a serverless Kubernetes setup on DigitalOcean?

Yes, DigitalOcean Kubernetes allows for customization and extension of core components using React to meet specific requirements. Developers can tailor serverless functions and configurations within the Kubernetes environment to align with the unique needs of their applications.

How does a function definition contribute to serverless architecture on DigitalOcean?

A function definition plays a pivotal role in serverless architecture by outlining the behavior and characteristics of a specific function. In the context of DigitalOcean cloud provider, it serves as a blueprint for deploying serverless functions on Kubernetes, allowing for efficient resource utilization and scalability.

What advantages do serverless containers offer in terms of resource efficiency on DigitalOcean?

Serverless containers on DigitalOcean provide resource efficiency by automatically scaling based on the application’s demand. This ensures that resources are allocated dynamically, optimizing costs and preventing over-provisioning.

Can I enable serverless on an existing DOKS cluster?

It’s easy to enable a Kubernetes cluster on DigitalOcean. The process involves deploying the OpenFaaS (Functions as a Service) framework with the DigitalOcean Kubernetes platform onto your existing cluster to enable serverless functionality.

Ensure that your DigitalOcean Kubernetes cluster meets the minimum requirements for running OpenFaaS, such as sufficient resources and compatible Kubernetes versions. Additionally, review any network policies or security settings that might impact the deployment of serverless functions.

What role does the container runtime play as a core component in serverless Kubernetes on DigitalOcean?

The container runtime serves as a core component by executing and managing the serverless function containers. DigitalOcean’s Kubernetes service utilizes container runtimes to instantiate and manage containers efficiently, ensuring the proper execution of serverless workloads.

What prerequisites should I consider before attempting to install Knative on my Kubernetes cluster?

Before installing Knative, ensure that your DigitalOcean Kubernetes cluster meets the necessary prerequisites, including the correct Kubernetes version, networking configurations, and permissions for cluster administration for efficient Knative service.

How does serverless Kubernetes simplify server management tasks for developers on DigitalOcean?

Serverless Kubernetes simplifies managing servers by abstracting infrastructure complexities. Developers can concentrate on writing code and defining serverless functions, leaving tasks like provisioning, scaling, and load balancing to the Kubernetes orchestration provided by DigitalOcean.

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