Heroku Platform vs. IBM Cloud Private

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Heroku Platform
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
The Heroku Platform, now from Salesforce, is a platform-as-a-service based on a managed container system, with integrated data services and ecosystem for deploying modern apps. It takes an app-centric approach for software delivery, integrated with developer tools and workflows. It’s three main tool are: Heroku Developer Experience (DX), Heroku Operational Experience (OpEx), and Heroku Runtime. Heroku Developer Experience (DX) Developers deploy directly from tools like…
$85
per month
IBM Cloud Private
Score 9.5 out of 10
N/A
IBM Cloud Private is a Kubernetes-based container platform allowing users to build cloud-native applications on their own infrastructure. In addition, it offers common services for self-service deployment, monitoring, logging and security, as well as middleware, data and analytics.N/A
Pricing
Heroku PlatformIBM Cloud Private
Editions & Modules
Production
$25.00
per month
Advanced
$250.00
per month
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Heroku PlatformIBM Cloud Private
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Heroku PlatformIBM Cloud Private
Platform-as-a-Service
Comparison of Platform-as-a-Service features of Product A and Product B
Heroku Platform
8.1
43 Ratings
1% below category average
IBM Cloud Private
9.7
5 Ratings
17% above category average
Ease of building user interfaces7.626 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Scalability8.343 Ratings10.05 Ratings
Platform management overhead7.642 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Workflow engine capability8.329 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Platform access control7.042 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Services-enabled integration8.041 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Development environment creation8.738 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Development environment replication8.637 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Issue monitoring and notification8.241 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Issue recovery8.438 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Upgrades and platform fixes8.443 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Best Alternatives
Heroku PlatformIBM Cloud Private
Small Businesses
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Score 9.1 out of 10
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Score 9.1 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Score 9.1 out of 10
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Score 9.1 out of 10
Enterprises
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Score 9.1 out of 10
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Score 9.1 out of 10
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User Ratings
Heroku PlatformIBM Cloud Private
Likelihood to Recommend
6.9
(47 ratings)
10.0
(5 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.5
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
9.2
(17 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.7
(19 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
6.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Heroku PlatformIBM Cloud Private
Likelihood to Recommend
Salesforce
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.
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IBM
IBM Cloud Private is an ideal platform for companies to accelerate their business growth. It helps in reducing the cost of IT and operations while delivering a great customer experience. With IBM Cloud Private, you can gain agility and security with a flexible hybrid model that fits your needs. It's highly recommended to my colleagues from me.
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Pros
Salesforce
  • 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.
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IBM
  • Capacity On Demand to scale up and down environments
  • SaaS model allows our team to have less involvement in managing or controlling the underlying cloud infrastructure including network, servers, operating systems, storage, or even individual application capabilities.
  • SaaS model allows our team to worry less about upgrades, fix packs, environment support etc.
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Cons
Salesforce
  • 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.
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IBM
  • Bluemix/IBM Cloud UI can be better
  • Changing Brand name from Bluemix to IBM Cloud, as we are habituated to Bluemix more
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Likelihood to Renew
Salesforce
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.
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IBM
No answers on this topic
Usability
Salesforce
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.
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IBM
No answers on this topic
Reliability and Availability
Salesforce
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.
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IBM
No answers on this topic
Performance
Salesforce
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.
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IBM
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Salesforce
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.
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IBM
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
Salesforce
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.
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IBM
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Salesforce
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.
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IBM
With VMware cloud, each VMware Cloud customer must have an SDDC account(VMC) as well as a general AWS account. The two accounts must be linked for the service to work which is a tiresome thing to do for some clients but with IBM Cloud Private all these issues are solved.
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Return on Investment
Salesforce
  • It has been critical in seamlessly operating our platform with runs all of our programs.
  • It has been impressive with its ability to scale quickly which results in the growth of our work.
  • It allows for tracking of different features which allows for quick problem solving which saves us time.
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IBM
  • IBM Cloud has helped us start using the cloud and migrating old services to the cloud.
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