Cloud computing provider DigitalOcean is launching a new service that will allow clients to add more storage to their cloud servers. Dubbed "Block Storage," the new service aims to allow developers to scale their cloud infrastructures up as needed, without having to scale up other resources such as compute.

"With Block Storage, you can now scale your storage independently of your compute and have more control over how you grow your infrastructure, enabling you to build and scale larger applications more easily," the company said in a blog post announcing the launch of the new service.

Separating Storage from Compute

Like DigitalOcean's "Droplets," (the company's name for its cloud server product), Block Storage is a solid state drive-based offering. The company said the new service will be priced at $0.10/GB per month based on provisioned capacity only.

Founded in 2011, DigitalOcean is a cloud infrastructure provider focused on providing Web infrastructure for software developers. The company has become the second largest and fastest growing cloud computing platform in terms of the total number of public-facing apps and Web sites, according to Netcraft, a company that provides Internet security services.

"We set out on a mission to build a simple and robust cloud computing platform so that engineering teams can spend less time configuring and automating their infrastructure and more time focused on software development," said Ben Uretsky, DigitalOcean’s co-founder and CEO, in a statement. "By adding a highly performant Block Storage offering to our platform, developers can easily deploy and manage their SaaS applications and businesses as they scale."

Block Storage should be particularly beneficial to DigitalOcean clients who require massive amounts of storage space but don't need major computing resources. Previously, developers who wanted lots of storage on DigitalOcean's platform would have been forced to buy more computing power than they needed. The new service essentially decouples the compute pricing from storage.

Keeping Developers in the ‘Ocean’

In addition to making life easier for developers, the new offering should also benefit DigitalOcean by eliminating the need for clients to look elsewhere for their large hosting needs. In the past, developers working on DigitalOcean’s Droplets might have turned to third-party solutions, such as Amazon, to store large amounts of data.

DigitalOcean said the new service offers developers three major storage benefits: it's highly available; it's scalable and flexible; and it's reliable and secure. Block Storage stores its data on hardware that is separated from the core Droplet product and is replicated multiple times across different racks, reducing the chances of data loss in the event of hardware failure, the company said.

Users can also scale their storage volumes up via either the API or the Droplet control panel, allowing them to add volumes to the Droplets as required. Data is encrypted at rest and transmitted to the Droplets over isolated networks. The company is currently offering storage volumes at its New York and San Francisco facilities, with more regions coming online in the future.