In the world of cloud infrastructure providers, DigitalOcean is something of an aberration. While commentators point to Rackspace as an example of how a company without billions in free cash is unable to compete with the big names in cloud: Microsoft, Google and Amazon, DigitalOcean bucks that trend. Off the back of a paltry (well, paltry when it comes to scaling a rapidly growing hardware business) $37.2M in funding by way of a Series A round led by Andreessen Horowitz, DigitalOcean has become the worlds fastest growing cloud hosting service and the fifteenth [updated
statistics show that DigitalOcean is in fact the 6th largest provider in the
world] largest overall. Counter intuitive huh?
That growth looks set to continue apace with the news that DigitalOcean is opening a London data center to add to the US facilities and the existing European presence in Amsterdam (DigitalOcean also has a facility in Singapore). The London data center makes sense – London is, after all, home to a massive proportion of the world’s largest companies. While DigitalOcean caters to an entirely different sort of business from large enterprise, where there is big business, there is also small business and it is this small developer community that the company is looking to hook.
[Eagle eyed reported Jack Clark points out that London
suggests somewhere within M25 with associated peering connectivity via close
Docklands link. Not Slough which is where DigitalOcean have situated this
facility. He suggests that DigitalOcean are stretching the truth in calling
this a London facility. Clark was formerly a reported who covered the London
data center market so he should know]
The London facility will run IPv6, the latest version of DigitalOcean’s backend. All “Droplets”, DigitalOcean’s term for cloud servers, will support IPv6. The new codebase provides benefits such as actions that can be initiated without needing to power off a Droplet (e.g. snapshots and enabling/disabling networking services), as well as a more reliable backup service architecture overall. IPv6 can also be added to existing Droplets without the need for a reboot.
DigitalOcean is a fascinating case study for a startup breaking all the rules (in a good way) it will be interesting to see their progress in the months ahead.