DigitalOcean Kubernetes (DOKS) is a managed Kubernetes service that lets you deploy Kubernetes clusters without the complexities of handling the control plane and containerized infrastructure. Clusters are compatible with standard Kubernetes toolchains, integrate natively with DigitalOcean Load Balancers and volumes, and can be managed programmatically using the API and command line. For critical workloads, add the high-availability control plane to increase uptime with 99.95% SLA.

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 (e.g., image building) that depend on it.