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DigitalOcean Managed Databases add MySQL, Redis support

Expanding its database management system offerings, cloud computing vendor DigitalOcean added Managed Databases support for MySQL and Redis.

DigitalOcean Managed Databases introduced support for open source relational database MySQL and in-memory database Redis to eliminate the complexity involved in managing, scaling and securing database infrastructure.

DigitalOcean, a cloud computing vendor offering infrastructure-as-a-service platforms for software developers, intends its new managed database offerings to enable developers to focus more exclusively on building apps and boosting productivity.

PostgreSQL was DigitalOcean's first offering when it launched Managed Databases in February 2019, enabling developers to create fully managed database instances in the cloud. DigitalOcean's Managed Databases feature capabilities that simplify database management system (DBMS) process, such as free daily backup with point-in-time recovery, standby nodes with automated failovers, end-to-end security and scalability.

DigitalOcean selected MySQL and Redis as Managed Databases' next offerings because of customer demand and their large presence in the developer community. Oracle-backed MySQL is the most commonly used data technology among developers and DigitalOcean users, according to the vendor. Developed to handle large databases quickly, users typically install MySQL on one machine, but can send databases to multiple locations and enable access from different MySQL client interfaces.

Redis, an open source, in-memory data structure store, is also a database, cache and message broker -- one of the most adopted data technologies among DigitalOcean users.

According to Gartner's 2018 State of the Open-Source DBMS Market, 70% of new in-house applications will be developed on an open source database management system, or OSDBMS, by 2022, and 50% of existing relational database management system instances will have been or be in the process of converting to OSDBMS.

As cloud-based database software has introduced new DBMS options, cloud-based platforms are trending to be the norm when choosing open source database vendors. Gartner estimated that AWS is the leader, with Microsoft Azure close behind. DigitalOcean's DBMS offering expansion may be the vendor's attempt to compete with the cloud-based DBMS giants.

Managed Databases for MySQL and Redis are currently offered in the New York; Frankfurt, Germany; and San Francisco data center regions. DigitalOcean plans to add support for more regions in the coming weeks. Other popular database engine offerings and services for DigitalOcean Managed Databases will be released on a rolling basis.

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