DigitalOcean has launched Load Balancers on Tuesday, one of the most requested new products among the company’s customer base of developers and small businesses.
Load balancers ensure performance and availability by distributing traffic to healthy “Droplets”, which helps DigitalOcean customers scale applications horizontally, according to the company’s announcement.
“We’re quickly expanding the capabilities of our cloud to support larger scale-out applications,” Julia Austin, CTO of DigitalOcean said in a statement. “With Load Balancers, we are providing developers and businesses with a simple service for maximizing the availability and reliability of applications without disrupting the end user experience. Load Balancers is the first major new product DigitalOcean has released this year. Over the coming year, you’ll see us continue to release a number of important products and features to meet our customers’ high availability, data storage, security, and networking needs.”
The new product supports TCP, HTTP, and HTTPS workloads, and provides the choice of SSL termination or passthrough mode for HTTPS. Load balancer usage is tracked with integrated graphs and metrics to help troubleshoot problems. Customers can choose a balancing algorithm and customize health checks, or use DigitalOcean defaults.
DigitalOcean Load Balancers can be implemented easily from the control panel or API without additional installations or configuration, the company says. They are available in all regions, and cost $20 a month with no additional bandwidth charges.
A monitoring solution, IPv6 support, and Let’s Encrypt integration for provisioning and deploying TLS certificates are all “coming soon,” according to a company blog post, as is support for load balancers in DigitalOcean’s command-line client doctl, and its Ruby and Go libraries.