DigitalOcean App Platform (Nanobox)

DigitalOcean App Platform (Nanobox)

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DigitalOcean App Platform (Nanobox)


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What is DigitalOcean App Platform (Nanobox)?

The DigitalOcean App Platform enables developers to build, deploy, and scale apps on what they describe as a simple, fully managed PaaS. Users of the former Nanobox, acquired by DigitalOcean in 2019, have been migrated to the App Platform upon Nanobox's end of life in March 2021.

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  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

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What is DigitalOcean App Platform (Nanobox)?

Nanobox is a platform-as-a-service solution designed for optimizing simplicity and automation. In 2019, Nanobox was acquired by cloud computing company, Digital Ocean.

How It Works
1. Code applications

2. Containerize with Docker
Use existing docker containers, or utilize Nanobox’s container creation tools.

3. Link a cloud provider (integration with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, etc.)

4. Live deployment
Continuous integration, separate Dev/Q&Q/Production pipelines, and instant rollbacks.

5. Manage in production
Utilizing a simple user interface, view scope of app health and logs at a glance.

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Sagiv Frankel | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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We use Nanobox to deploy our entire server side resources to a chosen cloud. It helps us remove any need for an operations person. With a click of a button we deploy the entire system - a NodeJS server, a NodeJS queue manager, database, static sites and web applications.

To a certain extent, we do not need to deal with many operational needs, SSL, code delivery, logging, load balancing, scaling, networking, etc...
  • Relatively easy setup. One file named "boxfile.xml" controls all relevant services including there communication ports, routes and build steps.
  • Scaling is easy - you can put everything on one machine, split certain services to dedicated machines and scale services to multiple machines. best of all this can be done at any time with almost zero down time.
  • I have not used this yet, but for a few hundred dollars a month you can get dedicated operational services to help you make your setup even easier and ensure your system is operational.
  • The company has not been very communicative as of lately. Not much news, no apparent work on missing features.
  • Some components are incomplete as far as some critical features. For example, I use RethinkDB as my database and it's missing critical features like backup and clustering, so It is unusable and they should have made that clear from the get go.
  • The pricing on the support plan is vague. I do have the feeling it is actually well worth the money, but it's hard to form a decisions based without more predictable specific.
  • Seems to me like the platform's future is unclear.
I would only get into it if I where willing to pay for the support plan and getting some assurances from the team as to where they are headed. The platform itself is great and can save you a ton of hard work and money. but it's hard to be confidant in it's sustainability.