How DigitalOcean Simplifies Cloud Computing for Developers
With the introduction of cloud computing, which offers access to unlimited resources, developers have an easier option to build software. It’s no wonder that the global cloud computing market size is expected to be worth $1143.2 billion by 2028, according to ReportLinker’s cloud computing post.
Because of the massive potential cloud provides, companies have been developing innovative ways to harness its power. It has already become an enabler for technologies like the metaverse, cloud gaming, and virtual reality (VR). One of the more recent efforts comes from DigitalOcean. The cloud service provider has a history of simplifying cloud computing for developers. For instance, you can install Laravel on DigitalOcean in just one click.
In 2021, MongoDB and DigitalOcean announced their partnership, offering a fully managed database as a service (DBaaS) called Managed MongoDB. It aims to help developers focus more on building their apps and less on managing their databases.
MongoDB is a popular open-source document-based database that’s used in a variety of industries, including finance, healthcare, and gaming. It has been praised for its fast, scalable, and secure performance compared to traditional SQL databases.
So why the partnership, then? Currently, developers dedicate a huge amount of time and resources to database management. When building apps, there are plenty of other crucial tasks to undertake, like coding and testing. DigitalOcean’s Managed MongoDB removes the burden of database administration by offloading developers of the tasks to update, manage, scale, perform backups, and maintain security.
Alan Chhabra of WW Partners at MongoDB adds, “In many cases, developers don’t need permission from a centralized IT function to download a database. However, once that application is deployed in a production environment, some person or entity will have to manage the database. That creates the need for the DBaaS platform.”
Below is an overview of the benefits DigitalOcean’s Managed MongoDB brings to developers.
An advantage of using MongoDB is being able to spin up database clusters quickly. This is because it provides easy cluster configurations, such as memory, disk size, and the number of nodes. That service is also made available through Managed MongoDB. Developers can create clusters in minutes, as they don’t have to start from scratch.
Automatic Daily Backups
While manual backups give you more control over which files to save, they can also be time-consuming. DigitalOcean includes a built-in backup system that backs up data daily for free. And in case of human or machine error, the service allows a “point in time recovery” for seven days. This means developers can simply restore the database with any of its previous versions in the past week.
Thanks to the partnership, developers can easily access MongoDB’s latest releases. But business operations need not be disrupted by untimely platform updates. With Managed MongoDB, you can set a specific period to receive updates, and DigitalOcean will take it from there.
DigitalOcean also offers standby nodes, which can be used to store data if the primary node goes offline for any reason. These significantly reduce downtime and make the database highly available.
DigitalOcean’s Managed MongoDB is one of the many ways developers can use to make cloud computing more accessible and manageable. It removes the need for a dedicated database administrator, making it easier for developers to build their applications and focus on other aspects of the development process. With plenty of innovations still underway, we can expect to reach a point where cloud computing will become widely used by those with zero expertise in coding or testing. In hindsight, some platforms have already made this possible.