Cloud Company DigitalOcean Announces Launch of PostgreSQL Database as a Managed Service
February 18, 2019
Cloud company DigitalOcean has announced the launch of ‘PostgreSQL Database’ as a managed service. The New York, United States-based company was established in 2011 and has a presence in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. The company prides itself on transparent pricing and a highly scalable cloud platform that simplifies deployment and management of applications via “an elegant user interface”. Its services extend to virtual hosting, cloud infrastructure and virtual server services, and the company was in the news late last year for the introduction of a ‘Kubernetes-as-a-Service’ offering. Its latest PostgreSQL Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) offering has been launched with limited availability.
An open source solution, PostgreSQL is a University of California, Berkeley project. A standards compliant ‘object-relational’ database management system, PostgreSQL manages a range of workloads, from single-machine applications right up to sophisticated Internet-based apps. DigitalOcean’s new service represents a “hassle-free way of running, managing, and scaling PostgreSQL in the cloud” and can be launched “with a push of the button”. The new service offers a number of features including vertical scaling, read replicas, automatic failover, and data encryption. It is currently only available to customers of DigitalOcean’s New York, Amsterdam, San Francisco, London, Frankfurt, Toronto, and Bangalore data centers.
“We’re leading with PostgreSQL 10 and 11, which has more than 30 years of active community development,” explained André Bearfield, DigitalOcean’s Senior Product Manager on the company’s blog. “This makes it the most advanced SQL-compliant object-relational database on the market. Since it’s built on top of our core compute platform and uses local SSD storage, it’s lightning fast. In addition to our simple database dashboard, you can manage your database clusters programmatically with the DigitalOcean API.”
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