Marketplace Glossary

This glossary defines the core concepts behind Marketplace to help build your mental model of how Marketplace work and understand what the documentation is referring to when it uses certain terminology.

1-Click Apps streamline the setup process for servers and Kubernetes clusters by automating tasks such as package installation, firewall rule configuration, load balancer provisioning, and software setup.
Add-Ons are software-as-a-service (SaaS) products provided by external vendors through the DigitalOcean Marketplace.
Hybrid clouds are cloud services that incorporate a private cloud infrastructure while being hosted by a public cloud service provider.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a type of cloud service that offers storage, computing, and networking resources on a subscription basis.
A Marketplace resource is an instance of an Add-On that you provision through the DigitalOcean Marketplace. A Marketplace resource typically maps one-to-one with an account on your SaaS service.
Multicloud refers to using multiple public cloud service providers to run an application.
On-demand self-service cloud resources are resources that are provisioned without human interaction.
Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a type of cloud service that offers deployment platforms to build, deploy, and scale applications on a subscription basis.
Public clouds are servers accessed over the internet with public cloud services offered and hosted by a cloud service provider, such as DigitalOcean’s Droplets.
Software as a service (SaaS) is a type of cloud service that offers software solutions as a product, hosted by the cloud service provider on a subscription basis.
Vendor lock-in, also known as proprietary lock-in or customer lock-in, is a situation where the cost of switching from one cloud vendor to another is too high, resulting in users staying with their original vendor.
The vendor portal is a vendor-only website within DigitalOcean Marketplace where vendors manage the SaaS Add-Ons they are offering. Through this platform, vendors can add new apps, make catalog updates, and monitor the performance of their SaaS Add-Ons.