Amazon Elastic Block Store and Google’s persistent disks competitor DigitalOcean has now announced, that it is launching block storage so that you can keep everything on their servers. Until now, most people preferred third-party solutions, like the former, to store high capacity data. But you don’t have to worry about this now.

Previously, DigitalOcean provided you with cheap virtual private servers. You could easily get a cloudlets with just a few clicks. The service is quite cheap too. The problem here was that the power of the virtual storage was almost proportional to its capacity. This meant that you’d have to opt for a higher powered system than you actually needed if you wanted more capacity.

Because of this, most people preferred to used other storage systems. But now, DigitalOcean is providing you with a better alternative.

You can now opt to pay $0.10 per GB per month and attach an SSD-based storage to a droplet. This means you’ll be paying only for the capacity and not for any unwanted computing power. The scale of this is from 1 GB to 16 TB, so you can go ultra-high if need be. The service is also available in many regions across the globe with much more coverage expected soon.

The service was under beta testing by more than 15,000 beta users, according to the firm and they have designed an experience that is focused on reducing friction and allowing you to scale with ease.

And while the service is extensive, the math is quite simple. You’ll just have to multiply your data capacity to the cost factor. DigitalOcean does not charge you for data pushing, pulling and manipulation. Essentially, it’s like owning a high capacity external hard drive over the cloud.

Once you have a volume attached to your Droplet, use the simple copy and paste instructions displayed on your dashboard to configure it. For more information on working with your Block Storage volumes, read our community tutorials about Linux filesystems and tools and our introduction to Block Storage.

the announcement reads.

Like all DigitalOcean resources, you can also automate provisioning using our brand new volumes API or doctl, the official DigitalOcean command-line client.

Comparing the service to other similar firms, we can observe that DigitalOcean might just have an edge. Amazon S3, for instance, allows you to store 1 TB of data a $30 per month. But you’ll also have to pay $0.09 per GB that you deliver to your customers which can go a long way up. This might be ideal if your files don’t generate a lot of downloads. But if you plan on delivering terabytes of data, DigitalOcean is a good solution.

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