DigitalOcean boosts its serverless capabilities by acquiring nimbella, a serverless startup

Sep, 2021 - by CMI


The details of the agreement were not disclosed, but the idea is to combine Nimbella into the DigitalOcean collection of services and ultimately make it a DigitalOcean-branded product in around 2022.

Serverless solutions allow developers to execute code without having to worry about the network infrastructure necessary to run their programs, are becoming progressively popular as programmers seek out ways to simplify how they develop applications. With the purchase of startup Nimbella, DigitalOcean is enhancing its existing portfolio in this sector. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed by the companies. Nimbella provides the company with a platform for developing serverless apps based on Apache OpenWhisk, a serverless development environment and Kubernetes, an open-source containers platform.

DigitalOcean is a cloud Infrastructure as a Service provider aimed at programmers, startups, and small businesses. While DigitalOcean's US$ 318 million in 2020 revenue was a small portion of the US$ 129 billion cloud computing market, it indicates that even with a tiny portion of that market, there is still money to be made.

Nimbella is a set of tools that make it possible to create advanced serverless programs and connect them to many other DigitalOcean services. The features that nimbella will integrate into the DigitalOcean collection include a fast solution, a function as a service which also integrate with the fundamental DigitalOcean services such as storage, managed databased, and other services to make it much easier for a programmer to develop full stateless applications.

CEO of DigitalOcean, Yancey Spruill stated that, Nimbella's capabilities are referred to as Function as a Service. With the goal of simplifying serverless development in an open-source context for its targeted audience. Serverless capabilities help alleviate developers and businesses of a significant portion of the infrastructure burden, which they will manage and operate it. They will give their customers more flexibility with the tools, removing burdens and allowing them to move faster, he added.