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DigitalOcean App Platform (Nanobox)

Overview

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…

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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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  • No setup fee

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  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services

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Product Details

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.

DigitalOcean App Platform (Nanobox) Technical Details

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Reviews and Ratings

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Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We used the DigitalOcean platform to host our SCIM bridge serverless hosting for another security product. The security product itself had limitation on providing the user automation features via SCIM and hence required a virtual appliance to be the bridge before SCIM can be enabled. We had selected DigitalOcean because of the easy setup and costing over other hosting provider.
  • Hosting of serverless application
  • Hosting of load balancer
  • Hosting of virtual appliances
  • None
It can help you to host your virtual appliance or serverless application at very low cost. DigitalOcean marketplace also helps you to deploy the serverless app or virtual appliance effortlessly. It is suitable for small-scale deployment and the process to set up an account and rolling out your app via the marketplace is easy and cheap.
  • Easy of use
  • Costing
Platform-as-a-Service (11)
22.72727272727273%
2.3
Ease of building user interfaces
70%
7.0
Scalability
40%
4.0
Platform management overhead
40%
4.0
Workflow engine capability
N/A
N/A
Platform access control
40%
4.0
Services-enabled integration
N/A
N/A
Development environment creation
N/A
N/A
Development environment replication
N/A
N/A
Issue monitoring and notification
N/A
N/A
Issue recovery
N/A
N/A
Upgrades and platform fixes
60%
6.0
  • It is the cheapest hosting service you can get.
It can help you to host your virtual appliance or serverless application at very low cost. DigitalOcean marketplace also helps you to deploy the serverless app or virtual appliance effortlessly. It is suitable for small scale deployment and the process to setup an account and roll out your app via marketplace is easy and cheap.
Sagiv Frankel | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Platform-as-a-Service (11)
70%
7.0
Ease of building user interfaces
N/A
N/A
Scalability
100%
10.0
Platform management overhead
100%
10.0
Workflow engine capability
N/A
N/A
Platform access control
80%
8.0
Services-enabled integration
90%
9.0
Development environment creation
100%
10.0
Development environment replication
100%
10.0
Issue monitoring and notification
60%
6.0
Issue recovery
80%
8.0
Upgrades and platform fixes
60%
6.0
  • The platform is saving me a lot of time I would have been wasting on operations instead of development.
  • The platform is saving me a lot of money as I can easily switch between cloud providers to find the best price.
  • I am worried though for the price I might have to pay in case of an unexpected system issue.
  • Hopefully I will be able to pay the support plan before that.
The ability to choose your own cloud provider is huge, especially for a small start up like I have. We have a lot of free credit from AWS, Google Cloud, IBM, Azure, etc...

The data layer is baked into the system which is better for integration then an external provider.

There are also a lot fewer differences between environment as everything is Docker based which gives me the confidence that what works on my machine is going to work in production.

Heroku doesn't have good support for Docker containers yet and although Heroku has served me well in the past, it is limited in some aspects.
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