Heroku Platform

Overview

Reviews

Great for early stage products

7
We host all our web applications on Heroku. It was the fastest and simplest way to build our proof of concept years ago, and it has scaled …
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Great for startups

8
It's used by the R&D to host the production / staging and dev environments across most services.
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Perfect for Hobbyists and Beginners

10
Heroku is a fantastic online hosting resource for use in small projects. The workflow is great for trial and error learning, and getting …
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Easy Deployments

10
Heroku is used to host our backend Ruby on Rails API server, our Postgres database, and our Salesforce Connect logic to sync our data to …

You Get What You Pay For

10
We use Heroku to host Java web apps, particularly RESTful web services that communicate using a JSON transport layer. It is used in our …

Quick to Set Up and Experiment With

10
The product we offer is a web-based, SaaS genealogy platform. The entire platform is hosted by Heroku, making it our most significant tech …
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Heroku: perfect platform for agile teams!

10
Heroku is the platform in which we deploy our applications. It hosts the backend services and it's dependencies such as databases, message …
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Heroku FTW for POC!

8
Heroku is used in our organization to prototype various service and dynamic web site implementations. While I have access to other cloud …

Heroku Helps Us Get Things Done

9
We use Heroku extensively to build our products on; we make extensive use of Heroku's tooling and analytics to get software up and running …
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Popular Features

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Platform management overhead (42)

8.2
82%

Upgrades and platform fixes (43)

7.8
78%

Scalability (43)

6.6
66%

Platform access control (42)

5.8
58%

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Pricing

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Production

$25.00

Cloud
per month

Advanced

$250.00

Cloud
per month

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $85 per month

Features Scorecard

Platform-as-a-Service

7.3
73%

Product Details

What is Heroku Platform?

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 Git, GitHub or Continuous Integration (CI) systems without the need to manage infrastructure. The web-based Heroku Dashboard makes it possible to manage applications online and gain visibility into performance.

Heroku Operational Experience (OpEx)
OpEx helps developers troubleshoot and remediate issues and customize the ops experience to identify and address trends in application health. Heroku provides a set of tools to alert teams if something goes wrong, or to automatically scale web dynos if the response time for web requests exceeds a specified threshold.

Heroku Runtime
Heroku runs apps inside dynos—smart containers on a fully managed runtime environment. Developers deploy their code written in Node, Ruby, Java, PHP, Python, Go, Scala, or Clojure to a build system which produces an app that's ready for execution. The system and language stacks are then monitored, patched, and upgraded. The runtime keeps apps running without manual intervention.

Heroku Platform Competitors

Heroku Platform Technical Details

Deployment TypesSaaS
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

Alternatives

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Heroku Platform cost?

Heroku Platform starts at $85.

What is Heroku Platform's best feature?

Reviewers rate Development environment creation highest, with a score of 8.7.

Who uses Heroku Platform?

The most common users of Heroku Platform are from Small Businesses and the Computer Software industry.

Reviews

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Score 9 out of 10
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  • We are able to launch applications fairly quickly without too much hassle on the DevOps side
  • The free tier made us able to create an initial POF application to showcase without paying for server fee
  • Autoscaling rules save us some money on quiet time
Mark Hutter | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Heroku has allowed our developers to work on application development, application defect resolution, keeping feature momentum very high. It has, at the very least, postponed the need for a full time dev ops engineer creating deployment packages and managing servers. It lets a small development team get up and going, and keep going, with little upkeep.
  • Heroku's ability to dynamically scale at a single click has provided for quick recovery time from unforeseen excessive traffic.
  • Heroku's quick configuration of web servers and background process servers lets each developer manage the load of their development more effectively.
  • Heroku's documentation is top notch, allowing for any developer to find the answers they need quickly.
Alec Dibble | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Heroku has allowed every engineer to be able to deploy and function on the operational side of things.
  • It handles many aspects of our security and configuration, giving us more time to focus on application development.
  • It is a pricey service. It is much cheaper to use a cloud host, but that route has more management and setup overhead.
Ben Gelsey | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Saves myself and other developers time; we can focus on the website functionality, not boilerplate hosting issues.
  • No noticeable downtime I've experienced in 6 years of usage. They're solid.
  • Keeps the focus on the product, not the hosting.
Bryan McAnulty | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Starting fast and deploying new ideas the same day.
  • Initial launch and MVP testing without worrying about DevOps.
  • Developers can prioritize features and don't have to worry about DevOps work in new and growing projects.
February 02, 2019

You Get What You Pay For

Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Heroku has allowed us to rapidly deploy Java web apps and services that run our mobile applications, as well as provide services for our clients. It has saved us tremendous time spent fiddling with Amazon Web Services configurations and as such, provides a great value for us.
Sazzad Hossain Sharkar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Heroku supports various languages which help us to deploy our various projects by the requirements
  • Heroku helps us to reduce the using and purchasing 3rd party applications for deployment, running CI, staging and monitoring the applications within one place
  • Our developers can focus on other tasks while working and deploying with Heroku because it has inbuilt many features to work and maintain
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Without Heroku we could not have gotten our platform off the ground. The challenges of setting up all the aspects of the platform from scratch -- whether pushing our existing tech team or adding consultants -- would have stressed our budget in the early days.
  • When talking to investors, hosting on Heroku builds confidence that scaling the platform as our user base grows will not be a stumbling block for the business.
  • It is easy to find developers and devops people with significant Heroku experience to ensure that new team members can hit the ground running and add meaningful expertise to our team.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • It has saved us a bunch of time by automatically deploying our code every time we updated the repository.
  • When our application has slowed down by the increase of user activity, we just add another dyno and problem solved!
  • It's very easy to modify the environment variables via the Heroku dashboard or via it's CLI.
Shannon E. Wells-Mongiovi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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.
Adam Fortuna | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Our ability to create new sites (mostly internal) and throw them up on a server has been amazing.
  • The architecture decisions around Heroku (designing around dynos and workers) set us up for success in moving to other larger architecture.
  • The difficulty getting some sites that aren't in the golden path out (that required unique build packs) meant that we could have spent that same time setting up a dedicated server for the site.