The Latest from DigitalOcean: Managed Kafka, more Droplet choices, GPUs for AI/ML apps, and more

The Latest from DigitalOcean: Managed Kafka, more Droplet choices, GPUs for AI/ML apps, and more

News Partners 10 Oct 2023 7 minutes 1,446 words

As a trusted partner of DigitalOcean, we at Sakura Sky are excited about the latest product updates from the DO team. Build a better cloud with DigitalOcean and Sakura Sky.

Let’s delve into these updates, their implications for your operations, and how they can provide a competitive edge in your industry.

Leveraging AI and ML with NVIDIA H100 GPUs on Paperspace

The world of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is constantly evolving, and keeping up with the latest technologies can be a challenge.

Recently, Paperspace, a leading provider of cloud infrastructure for scalable GPU-accelerated applications, has launched support for the new NVIDIA H100 Tensor Core GPUs. This launch is in response to the rapidly growing demand for computational horsepower in the AI/ML sector.

The addition of the NVIDIA H100 GPUs to Paperspace’s hardware offerings marks a significant milestone for startups and small-to-medium businesses (SMBs). These high-performance GPUs are designed to handle complex AI/ML tasks, enabling businesses to develop, deploy, and scale modern AI applications more efficiently and cost-effectively.

Furthermore, the integration of Paperspace with DigitalOcean Spaces allows businesses to access and manipulate their Spaces Object Storage through the seamless Notebook experience provided by Paperspace3. This integration, coupled with the Single Sign-On (SSO) feature, simplifies accessing products and computing capabilities across platforms, thereby enhancing operational efficiency.

In the coming months, Paperspace plans to introduce a slew of updates aimed at further simplifying the AI/ML journey for businesses. Some of these updates include the provision of model deployment templates to streamline the start of AI/ML projects, an enhanced integration with Hugging Face, and improved management tools that include metrics, history, and logs.

Paperspace is set to upgrade its underlying network infrastructure with up to 400G capabilities. This upgrade aims to speed up accelerated computing workloads and boost the connectivity of Paperspace VMs to the Internet via highly available networks3.

Storage Enhancements

Enhancing Your Business with Improved Storage Solutions and Managed Kafka

In the ever-evolving world of technology, staying updated with the latest advancements is crucial.

Managed Kafka: Simplifying Event Streaming

Apache Kafka, a leading platform for building real-time data streaming applications, has been out of reach for many small businesses due to its operational complexity and cost. DigitalOcean’s new service, Managed Kafka, changes this. As a fully managed event streaming platform, it takes away the hassle of self-managing Kafka. It provides automatic updates, high availability, and easy scalability. With pricing starting at just $147 per month, Managed Kafka makes real-time data streaming accessible to all businesses, regardless of their size.

Enhanced Backups: Protecting Your Data More Efficiently

DigitalOcean is also enhancing its backup services. They will soon introduce the ability to create daily backups, addressing the need for more frequent data protection. These daily and weekly backups will be differential, reducing the time required to create backups. This feature will be available for beta testing soon, offering an efficient way to safeguard your data.

Scalable Storage for Managed Databases: Adapting to Your Needs

To address the common issue of running out of storage before fully utilizing the compute capacity of a database cluster, DigitalOcean is introducing Scalable Storage for Managed PostgreSQL and MySQL. This feature allows users to increase the storage capacity of a database cluster without upgrading the entire configuration or experiencing downtime.

Additionally, by eliminating the need to increase vCPU and RAM, which can be more costly, businesses can better manage their costs. DigitalOcean will also launch database plans with a storage limit of 15TB, more than doubling the previous limit of 7TB. Expect this feature in Q4 2023.

Object Storage in Bangalore: Boosting Performance for Businesses in India

Businesses in India can now benefit from highly performant and scalable object storage in the Bangalore data center (BLR1). This update allows businesses to store data within the country, potentially aiding compliance strategies while also boosting performance by having compute and storage in the same location. Furthermore, all Spaces buckets in BLR1 support 800 RPS for read/write operations making it ideal for data analytics workflows, training AI models, log files generated by applications, and video streaming applications.

Robust, Hassle-free Security with DigitalOcean’s DDoS Protection

In today’s digital era, the threat of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks is a growing concern for businesses worldwide. These cyber-attacks can disrupt networks and cause service outages, posing a significant risk to your business operations. Fortunately, DigitalOcean provides an effective solution.

Comprehensive DDoS Protection at No Extra Cost

DigitalOcean offers DDoS Protection – a robust defense mechanism that operates within the OSI Network (L3) and Transport (L4) layers at their data center edge. This service protects your resources from network layer, generalized DDoS attacks without adding latency to your traffic.

What makes this offering even more remarkable is its comprehensive coverage. The DDoS protection extends to your entire DigitalOcean cloud infrastructure, including Droplets, Kubernetes clusters, Managed Databases, Load Balancers, and assigned Reserved IPs. This wide-ranging protection ensures that every aspect of your cloud infrastructure remains secure against potential threats.

Furthermore, this high-grade security feature is available across all of DigitalOcean’s data centers, providing global protection for your resources3.

The best part? DigitalOcean’s DDoS Protection is completely free, always-on, and built into the platform. This means you can enjoy peace of mind knowing your assets are protected around the clock without incurring any additional costs.

A Proactive Approach to Cybersecurity

In addition to offering robust DDoS protection, DigitalOcean also provides proactive support in case of a DDoS attack. If your Droplet is sending an outgoing flood or DDoS, DigitalOcean support will guide you through the next steps.

DigitalOcean also employs DDoS mitigation countermeasures, wherein a resource experiencing high amounts of traffic automatically inspects and filters the traffic. This proactive approach ensures that your business can continue to operate normally, even in the face of a potential DDoS attack.

With DigitalOcean’s comprehensive and hassle-free DDoS Protection, you can focus on what matters most – growing your business. Stay tuned for more updates and future enhancements from DigitalOcean that are set to revolutionize the way you do business and let Sakura guide you through the process.

Superior Support at an Affordable Price

DigitalOcean offers a range of support plans tailored to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes. Their highly skilled technical staff are on hand to answer queries via email, chat, video calls, and Slack, ensuring swift resolution of any issues you might encounter. They also offer expert advice on resource allocation, cost optimization, security enhancements, and industry best practices.

In a bid to make high-quality support accessible to all, DigitalOcean has introduced a low-cost plan, guaranteeing eight-hour response times for all issues, irrespective of their severity.

Coupling DigitalOcean cloud support and Sakura managed services is a great way to ensure your systems are well supported.

High-Performance Solutions for Diverse Needs

DigitalOcean’s Premium CPU-Optimized Droplets offer enhanced performance for computing-intensive workloads such as streaming media, online gaming, machine learning, and data analytics. With up to five times higher outbound network speeds, 58% better performance, and 290% faster disk writes than standard Droplets, they have become a popular choice among startups like Validin5.

To cater to the growing needs of businesses, DigitalOcean expanded its Basic Premium Droplet lineup in August 2023 to include new plans with improved memory and storage. These shared virtual machines deliver superior performance at an affordable price.

The Basic Premium compute plans will soon be available for Managed Databases, bringing faster NVMe SSD storage disks and improved read and write performance to your database clusters.

Moreover, DigitalOcean is set to extend the Premium variant to new Droplet types in 2023, starting with Premium General Purpose Droplets in October. These Droplets feature newer generation CPUs, faster NVMe drives, and up to 10 Gbps of outbound data transfer speeds, making them ideal for running e-commerce, consumer, and SaaS apps.

Hassle-Free WordPress Hosting with Cloudways Autoscale

DigitalOcean is introducing Cloudways Autoscale, a fully-managed WordPress hosting solution that includes autoscaling, load balancing, and high availability. Ideal for e-commerce stores, ticket booking sites, and high-traffic influencers, Autoscale automatically scales your hosting resources based on traffic demand, ensuring efficient handling of traffic spikes.

With these enhancements from DigitalOcean, you can count on Sakura Sky as your trusted partner in providing robust, high-performing cloud, data, and security solutions that meet your business needs. Stay tuned for more updates!

Take the Next Step in Your Cloud Journey with Sakura Sky

Transform your business with the latest advancements in cloud technology. As a proud DigitalOcean Partner, we at Sakura Sky are here to guide you every step of the way. Don’t navigate the cloud alone; let us help you leverage these new tools and services to achieve your business goals.

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