Developers operating their applications on the DigitalOcean platform have received access to a brand new service that promises to provide a better uptime to their mobile applications. While there are several benefits associated with this new addition, the most prominent is the availability of better uptime for applications hosted on the platform.

Here is how the company describes its load balancing service:

Load Balancers are a highly available, fully-managed service that work right out of the box and can be deployed as fast as a Droplet. Load Balancers distribute incoming traffic across your infrastructure to increase your application’s availability.

So basically, you will be able to distribute connections between multiple servers and in doing so, make sure that there is no single point of failure. Apart from making your systems more robust, this will also ensure that horizontal application scaling is easier despite traffic spikes.

The company also announced a number of possible actions—including the creation of a new load balancer and the addition of droplets to them through DigitalOcean’s API. OAuth support has also been made available.

Meanwhile, the feature has been made available for  $20/month and can be accessed through either DigitalOcean’s dashboard or through its APIs. While HTTP, HTTPS and TCP are the different protocols supported, you can take your pick out of Round Robin and least connections with regards to the algorithm. The service will be available at all of DigitalOcean’s data centers across the world and can be availed for $20 per month.

Here are some compressed knowledge points associated with the service:

  • Price: $20 per month. No additional bandwidth charges apply.
  • Regional availability: Load Balancers are available in every region.
  • Supported protocols: HTTP, HTTPS, TCP
  • Balancing algorithms: Round robin, least connections
  • Backend management: Manual Droplet selection or tag-based management
  • Backend membership requirements: All backends must be in a single region.

Meanwhile, the launch of the service ensures that the users won’t need to use their own load balancing setups and can instead go with what is already available. This is also in keeping with the company’s recent move to expand its operations merely beyond scaling to offering new services. In the long term, the company hopes to create a more complete cloud computing platform and the recent launch of its load balancing service, is another major step along the same direction.

You can learn more about the service, right here.

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