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Likelihood to Recommend

Dokku

If you have your own in-house servers or have a cloud server with the freedom to configure any PaaS that you want, then Dokku is for you. So far, I have never run into a scenario where Dokku was not able to fit my needs, after deploying many different types of applications with varying frameworks, languages, and connected services. If you already have a PaaS available, however, Dokku may not be for you.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nanobox

I would only get into it if I where willing to pay for the support plan and getting some assurances from the team as to where they are headed. The platform itself is great and can save you a ton of hard work and money. but it's hard to be confidant in it's sustainability.
Sagiv Frankel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Platform-as-a-Service

Dokku
8.6
Nanobox
8.6
Scalability
Dokku
8.0
Nanobox
10.0
Platform management overhead
Dokku
10.0
Nanobox
10.0
Workflow engine capability
Dokku
7.0
Nanobox
Platform access control
Dokku
10.0
Nanobox
8.0
Services-enabled integration
Dokku
10.0
Nanobox
9.0
Development environment creation
Dokku
8.0
Nanobox
10.0
Development environment replication
Dokku
10.0
Nanobox
10.0
Issue monitoring and notification
Dokku
7.0
Nanobox
6.0
Issue recovery
Dokku
9.0
Nanobox
8.0
Upgrades and platform fixes
Dokku
7.0
Nanobox
6.0

Pros

Dokku

  • Dockerfile deployments are an incredibly simple and straightforward way to spin up applications.
  • The docker-options plugin allows endless direct configuration of options passed to different docker lifecycle stages.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nanobox

  • Relatively easy setup. One file named "boxfile.xml" controls all relevant services including there communication ports, routes and build steps.
  • Scaling is easy - you can put everything on one machine, split certain services to dedicated machines and scale services to multiple machines. best of all this can be done at any time with almost zero down time.
  • I have not used this yet, but for a few hundred dollars a month you can get dedicated operational services to help you make your setup even easier and ensure your system is operational.
Sagiv Frankel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Dokku

  • Dokku might overreach on its assumptions about how you want to host your app, using its own VHOSTS plugin by default. This may be a pro or a con depending on what you want.
  • Proxy port configuration can be somewhat difficult, with Dokku resetting any pre-deployment configuration to "smart" defaults on the first deployment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nanobox

  • The company has not been very communicative as of lately. Not much news, no apparent work on missing features.
  • Some components are incomplete as far as some critical features. For example, I use RethinkDB as my database and it's missing critical features like backup and clustering, so It is unusable and they should have made that clear from the get go.
  • The pricing on the support plan is vague. I do have the feeling it is actually well worth the money, but it's hard to form a decisions based without more predictable specific.
  • Seems to me like the platform's future is unclear.
Sagiv Frankel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Dokku

Dokku 5.0
Based on 1 answer
Dokku is incredibly well documented and also takes advantage of the documentation and community of Heroku, being essentially the same thing, but in the case that you encounter an actual bug or issue, it can take time for a fix to make it into a new version. Since you manage Dokku yourself, there is no support team to call for help.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nanobox

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Dokku

Dokku is essentially the same thing as Heroku, except maintained by you on the platform of your choice. If you have any experience using Heroku, then you will feel right at home using Dokku. Dokku is an entirely free to use PaaS, requiring only that you have a platform to deploy it on, making it far more versatile than Heroku in my opinion.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nanobox

The ability to choose your own cloud provider is huge, especially for a small start up like I have. We have a lot of free credit from AWS, Google Cloud, IBM, Azure, etc...The data layer is baked into the system which is better for integration then an external provider.There are also a lot fewer differences between environment as everything is Docker based which gives me the confidence that what works on my machine is going to work in production.Heroku doesn't have good support for Docker containers yet and although Heroku has served me well in the past, it is limited in some aspects.
Sagiv Frankel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Dokku

  • Since there's no investment besides a little time to set up, the return has been overwhelmingly positive.
  • Deploying a new app is incredibly quick and easy.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nanobox

  • The platform is saving me a lot of time I would have been wasting on operations instead of development.
  • The platform is saving me a lot of money as I can easily switch between cloud providers to find the best price.
  • I am worried though for the price I might have to pay in case of an unexpected system issue.
  • Hopefully I will be able to pay the support plan before that.
Sagiv Frankel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Dokku

General

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

Nanobox

General

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

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