DigitalOcean Kubernetes (DOKS) is a managed Kubernetes service. Deploy Kubernetes clusters with a fully managed control plane, high availability, autoscaling, and native integration with DigitalOcean Load Balancers and volumes. DOKS clusters are compatible with standard Kubernetes toolchains and the DigitalOcean API and CLI.

Starting with DigitalOcean Kubernetes 1.20, containerd is used as the container runtime. Previous releases used Docker. This change reflects the upstream deprecation of dockershim and deprecation of Docker as a container runtime in Kubernetes 1.20. Docker is still installed on worker nodes, so as not to impact any user workloads (for example, image building) that depend on it.