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DigitalOcean Adds Object Storage To The Mix

DigitalOcean, the New York-based cloud infrastructure provider, announced the availability of object storage service. Dubbed as Spaces, this service makes the platform almost cloud-complete by plugging a critical gap in the product portfolio. Earlier this year, the company has launched block storage to bring durable storage capabilities to its compute services.

Object storage plays a key role in achieving the required scale for web-scale applications. Contemporary web applications have many assets such as scripts, stylesheets, images, and videos. When this static content is hosted along with the dynamic web pages, the web server is forced to handle the requests related to both static and dynamic content. During peak traffic, the web server is burdened dealing with both types of content. This results in increased latency and occasional disruption to the application availability.

When the static content is offloaded to the object storage, the web server is freed from responding mundane requests. The traffic gets split between the object storage serving the static content, and the web server processing the dynamic requests. The other advantage of moving static content to object storage is the centralization of data. New content added to object storage instantly becomes available to the applications. This pattern enables architects to design scalable web applications in which the number of web servers can dynamically grow without the need of keeping the data in sync.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.