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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) is well suited where you need the ease of managing the clusters by letting AWS do the stuff for you. Obviously, whenever you want to run the docker based workloads, it is always better to go for either AWS ECS or AWS EKS. If you are interested in staying at AWS only and don't want to be cloud-agnostic, then go for AWS ECS instead of AWS EKS. AWS ECS is cheaper than AWS EKS and also more managed by AWS and better integrated with other AWS services. If you want to run those workloads as serverless, then AWS ECS Fargate is the best option to go with. If you already have a Kubernetes based setup that you want to migrate to AWS, then go for AWS EKS instead of AWS ECS.
Abdullah Khawer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Heroku Platform

Heroku is very well suited for startups looking to get a server stack up and running quickly. There is little to no overhead when managing your instances. However, you'll need a background in basic DevOps or system management to make sure everything is set up correctly. In addition, it's easy to accidentally go crazy on pricing. Make sure you're only creating the server instances you need to run the base application and set up an auto-scaler plugin to handle peaks.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Platform-as-a-Service

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
Heroku Platform
8.6
Ease of building user interfaces
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
Heroku Platform
8.7
Scalability
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
Heroku Platform
9.6
Platform management overhead
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
Heroku Platform
8.2
Workflow engine capability
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
Heroku Platform
8.4
Platform access control
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
Heroku Platform
8.2
Services-enabled integration
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
Heroku Platform
9.0
Development environment creation
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
Heroku Platform
9.1
Development environment replication
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
Heroku Platform
8.9
Issue monitoring and notification
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
Heroku Platform
7.8
Issue recovery
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
Heroku Platform
8.4
Upgrades and platform fixes
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
Heroku Platform
8.7

Pros

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)

  • One of the biggest advantages is the flexibility to change underlying EC2 instances. As the traffic or demand increases, we can easily change EC2 instances without any issues.
  • Amazon ECS APIs are extremely robust and one can start and stop containers by firing one post request only. So, it is not mandatory to keep the demo solutions up for every time. Just at the time of demo fire the command - make the container up and running - do the demo - down the container with API. A simple portal can control every container which helps non-technical (sales, marketing) to do the demo without keeping the solutions up for the entire time frame.
Apurv Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Heroku Platform

  • Heroku has a very simple deployment model, making it easy to get your application up-and-running with minimal effort. We can focus on our efforts the unique aspects of our application.
  • The robust add-on marketplace makes it easy to try out new approaches with minimal effort and investment -- and when we settle on a solution, we can easily scale it.
  • Heroku's support is quite good -- their staff is quite technical and willing to get into the weeds to diagnose even complicated problems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)

  • There is room for better documentation.
  • Is not exactly Kubernetes (there is more knowledge in the market on this orchestrator).
  • Logging can be difficult.
Francisco Javier Castaneda Marroquin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Heroku Platform

  • Large price jumps between certain resource tiers (2x Dyno for $50 per month versus Performance Dyno for $250). Free Postgres next jumps to $50 per month.
  • Marketing/Branding to non-technical stakeholders. As the years pass, I've had to fight more to convince stakeholders on the value of Heroku over AWS.
  • Improve Buildpack documentation. This is one area where Heroku's documentation is fairly confusing.
Ben Gelsey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)

No score
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Heroku Platform

Heroku Platform 9.5
Based on 6 answers
Heroku is easy to use, services a ton of functions for you out of the box, and provides a means to get a software product off the ground and managed quickly and easily. The tools provide allows a small to medium size org to move very quickly. The CLI tools provided make managing an entire technical infrastructure simple.
Mark Hutter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) 5.0
Based on 1 answer
This is a tool that is relatively simple to start using. The hardest part of getting started is getting a docker image setup for the first time, which typically falls outside the responsibility of ECS. Getting workflows and tasks setup is simple to understand conceptually and to implement. To move beyond a simple Queue -> executor workflow is difficult and best handled by using Amazon's Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) instead.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Heroku Platform

Heroku Platform 9.1
Based on 17 answers
Easy to use web based console and easy to use command line tools; deployment is done directly from a GIT repository. What more could you ask for?The one thing that keeps me from giving it a 10 is that custom build packs are almost incomprehensible. We used one for a while because we needed cairo graphics processing. Fortunately, I was able to figure out a different way to do what we needed so that we could get off the custom build pack.
David Hart | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)

No score
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Heroku Platform

Heroku Platform 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Heroku availability correlates pretty strongly to AWS US EAST availability. We had a couple of times where there was a Heroku-specific issue but not for the last 7-8 months.
David Hart | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)

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Heroku Platform

Heroku Platform 9.0
Based on 2 answers
The only issue that I ever have is that about 1 out of 20 deployments (git push) will hang and need to be cancelled and done again.
David Hart | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) 7.9
Based on 7 answers
AWS support is usually pretty good at solving issues and pretty quick with communication, but buyer beware - this is a market where what you are paying matters. The higher the support tier, as with anything else, the better service you receive.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Heroku Platform

Heroku Platform 8.6
Based on 38 answers
I've used it for many years without facing any major problem. It's not hard at all to get used to it, it's documentation is outstanding and simple. We are close to 2020 and I don't think most of the existing companies or startups should still face old problems such as wasting time deploying code and calculate computing resources.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)

No score
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Heroku Platform

Heroku Platform 9.0
Based on 6 answers
Be ready to pay a bit more than expected in the beginning if you're migrating from a big server. The application is probably not ready for the change and you have to keep improving it with time.
It's also important to consider that you can't save anything to the disc as it will be lost when your application restarts, so you have to think about using something like S3.
Willian Molinari | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)

I chose Amazon ECS over Amazon EKS and other products because the whole infrastructure was decided to be designed on AWS cloud and Amazon ECS made it easier to make the clusters live in just a few minutes. Amazon ECS has better integration with other AWS services and we don't have to look for plugins to do the things, everything is available and can be configured from the AWS console.
Abdullah Khawer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Heroku Platform

Heroku is the more expensive option for hosting compared to some of the cloud platforms we investigated, but it's worth it for us because of the plug-and-play nature of Heroku deployment. We can be up and running in a few minutes and know with precision how much it will cost us each month to run the application, unlike Amazon Web Services where you have to go to great pains to configure it correctly or else you might end up with a shocking monthly bill. Overall, spending the time to configure Amazon Web Services or one of its competitors is likely the more affordable and powerful choice, because you have control over so many specifics of the configuration. But it also requires the burden of continuing to maintain and update your AWS instance, whereas with Heroku they take care of security fixes and platform upgrades. It's a great service and we are happy to pay the extra cost for the value-adds Heroku provides.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)

  • We run 8 web applications (demo instances) on a single machine. At a particular time, no more than 3 applications run simultaneously. So, we keep only required containers up. This helps us to provision small EC2 machines without compromising performance.
  • Overall Amazon ECS helps to have less number of dedicated machines as more than one solution can be deployed on a single instance. This reduces costs a lot.
Apurv Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Heroku Platform

  • Heroku allowed us to get up and running fast. Deployment was really easy and connecting to our codebase was, too. The deployment integration with GitHub is pretty slick.
  • The add-ons provisioning is so simple and the documentation is so thorough that, at least at first, it means you don't have to hire a dedicated devops person to manage this stuff.
  • Heroku has tools that allow the collaborators (those with access to the Heroku dashboard) to be able to quickly and easily do triage from just about anywhere, including your smartphone.
Shannon E. Wells-Mongiovi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Heroku Platform

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Heroku Platform Editions & Modules

Edition
Production$25.001
Advanced$250.001
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
8.8
Heroku Platform
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
Heroku Platform
9.5

Usability

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
5.0
Heroku Platform
9.1

Reliability and Availability

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
Heroku Platform
8.0

Performance

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
Heroku Platform
9.0

Support Rating

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
7.9
Heroku Platform
8.6

Online Training

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
Heroku Platform
6.0

Implementation Rating

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
Heroku Platform
9.0

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