DigitalOcean, a New York startup providing cloud infrastructure developers can use to run applications, announced today that it now offers team accounts. The new feature allows multiple people to check on and manage infrastructure without passing around one person’s username and password.
And all people using team accounts can connect to a single credit card. The person holding the purse strings no longer needs to enter their information every time there’s a new user onboard.
“We’re particularly excited about this release as it will better support teams of developers and companies working on large-scale and established applications,” Edward Chiu, DigitalOcean’s director of customer success, wrote in a blog post on the new feature.
It’s off to a good start, too.
“We’re certainly seeing great uptake in the new product release ahead of our initial success metrics with several hundred accounts activating the option just a few hours into the day,” DigitalOcean cofounder and chief executive Ben Uretsky told VentureBeat in an email today.
More popular cloud providers, like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google, have their own methods of allowing multiple people to collaborate on cloud infrastructure. Today’s team accounts rollout suggests that DigitalOcean has been progressing beyond the domain of individual developers’ side projects and one-off experiments from companies.
There’s no question that DigitalOcean has become popular for hosting websites. Last month NetCraft reported that DigitalOcean was the second biggest hosting company in the world. That’s an honor, but it doesn’t mean that DigitalOcean is the cloud of choice for enterprises.
However, it does indicate that venture-backed DigitalOcean is going in the right direction.