The best place I know to deploy a brand new Rails app
Updated August 13, 2019

The best place I know to deploy a brand new Rails app

Willian Molinari | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Heroku

Heroku has both, a free and a paid plan. I [have] used the free tier for many years now, and it's the best platform to deploy an MVP of a Rails application, no doubt. It provides all the tools you need to deploy and manage your application in production so that you can focus on the development of your product. The paid plan is a natural choice when you validate your idea since you're used to the tools and the application is ready for the infrastructure. Both, free and paid, are excellent products.
  • The tooling is simply amazing. You can deploy your application in some minutes without any prior experience with the platform.
  • Their way of building applications encourage you to think about scalability and composability of your app.
  • They have a big community around the platform and many add-ons written by third-parties.
  • The price is not so affordable when you start growing. For small companies, needing small containers, it works quite well but for large applications, it may be too expensive.
  • A lot less time spent with infrastructure tasks
  • Less money spent on a staging environment. We can use the free tier with the same app on a different scale.
  • A guideline to develop scalable applications in a cloud environment
Heroku has an amazing tooling to deploy and manage infrastructure. It's probably the best infrastructure host I ever used. Everything is so simple to setup and manage that you don't want to get back to manage your own infrastructure anymore. Recently, I migrated an application from a VPS setup to Heroku and I'm more than satisfied.
There's not much to say because I did not use it. I can only talk about the written help articles they have. They are pretty good.
For small companies that are building a new app or already have one being maintained by a very small team, Heroku is perfect. The price will be affordable and it will totally pay the price of having all the tooling they provide. When you start growing, the platform may become too expensive for the size of the company, so it's important to be prepared to change in case you reach this phase.

Heroku Platform Feature Ratings

Platform management overhead
Workflow engine capability
Platform access control
Services-enabled integration
Development environment creation
Development environment replication
Issue monitoring and notification
Issue recovery
Upgrades and platform fixes

Using Heroku

3 - Developers and a manager.
2 - You definitely have to have some tech skills but you don't need to go hands on in coding or server maintenance. The manager can go there and restart servers, scale instances, and do some other simple things that can save the day.
  • Infrastructure management
  • Application scale
  • Application development
  • It's just a simple application. It uses the basic of Heroku and it's works great.
  • We plan to use other add-ons. Redis is the next one we're going to try.
  • We think about creating new pipelines so new developers can submit code to staging and we can promote it.
We don't have plans to leave Heroku anytime soon.

Evaluating Heroku and Competitors

Yes - We were using Linode before Heroku. It's a different use case, but we decided to refactor the app to be able to use Heroku. Building and maintaining your own server takes time and effort, and we just wanted to improve the application instead of focusing on the infrastructure side of things. Heroku is great for that.
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
  • Prior Experience with the Product
Product features is probably the most important factor. The idea of having an immutable infrastructure was something that made a huge difference for us. We don't want to keep maintaining our own server to have the application running.
I would choose Heroku once again.

Heroku Implementation

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.
Change management was minimal
  • Changing the application to use
  • The application had to be written to work good on Heroku
  • Making the application use less memory and CPU. It was using a big server and we wanted it to use small heroku instances

Heroku Support

Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
No escalation required
I did not have the change to talk to the support team directly but I used their writen instructions many times. I have to say that its very well written and solved my problems almost every time. They even have instructions on how to improve your application so it can run better on Heroku. In my opinion, it's one of the best I ever used.

Using Heroku

Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
  • Their command like tool is awesome. You can do almost anything there.
  • Creating a new database or a new app is fantastic.
  • The fact that I can deploy my application by using git push is amazing.
  • If you start growing, it's hard to keep the prices low. Everything is so easy to add.
Yes - I had to check charts and do basic scaling via mobile interface and it works good. It's not a fully-featured interface but it has all the basic functions you would expect if you're in need. Nothing to complain about that.