DigitalOcean, a fast-growing provider of cloud infrastructure services geared toward developers, has opened a data center in Germany. The Interxion facility in Frankfurt brings the total amount of data centers supporting DigitalOcean's developer cloud to five in Europe and 10 worldwide.
It has become necessary for cloud service providers who are not big companies like Amazon, Google, or Microsoft, all of whom have drastically slashed prices for raw cloud infrastructure services as they compete with each other, to differentiate by focusing on niche markets. DigitalOcean has chosen to be a developer cloud and has so far enjoyed tremendous growth and adoption. This latest German data center joins others in Amsterdam and London as the company's worldwide presence expands rapidly.
“Europe counts for one-third of our total user base, so we’ve seen a lot of love there,” said DigitalOcean co-founder and chief marketing officer Mitch Wainer. When choosing its next location in Europe, Wainer said, the priority was figuring out where it could be of greatest service to developers.
“There are a lot of developers in Germany – over 350,000 using the cloud – and only 5,000 of them currently use DigitalOcean,” said Wainer. “Also, having a local data center ensures our users in Germany can follow all EU/German data privacy laws. Frankfurt is a great location because more than 35 percent of all cloud traffic in Germany flows through there and it has good connectivity to all central Europe.”
The entire network in Interxion's German data center has recently been completely redesigned from the group up, and it impressed DigitalOcean. "This data center brings some radical improvements," said Wainer. "The new design has 40Gbs of bandwidth down to every hypervisor, is highly scalable, and has no single points of failure. These improvements will drastically enhance the customer experience."
The company plans on playing a much bigger role in the local ecosystem by sponsoring events, hosting meetings and giving talks locally.
Last year, internet services company Netcraft named DigitalOcean as the third-largest web facing cloud and the fastest growing cloud.
DigitalOcean recently launched its 4 millionth cloud server and nearly half a million developers have used the company to deploy a cloud server. As software and applications overtake the world, its role is greatly benefiting that group.
“More and more developers are making decisions about infrastructure services that were traditionally left to systems administrators, developer operations or CTOs,” said Mitch Wainer. “With the Droplet, we believe we already have a great compute product that developers love to deploy their application code onto."
Wainer said that the company’s product and feature goals in the near term revolve around advancing network and storage technologies.
Correction 4/15: DigitalOcean has five data centers in Europe, not three. DCK regrets the error.