Heroku is a platform as a service (PaaS) provider that companies and developers use for deploying and hosting applications in the cloud. Heroku handles all the infrastructure for you, allowing you to focus on your app. As a developer, you can deploy from Git, and you simply do a push to their respective server, and the appropriate frameworks are installed or updated in the cloud. You can do remote commands for database migrations and other tasks. Heroku is a scalable, meaning based on the number of users on your service or difficulty of each request you can adjust “Dyno’s.” Dynos are lightweight Linux containers that run a single user-specified command. One dyno is plenty to run many kinds of apps. Brochures sites, simple APIs, and blogs are a few of the many possible uses for this free dyno.

Heroku provides its users with a laundry list of integrations: Heroku Postgres, MongoLab, Papertail, Slackin, Telescope and ContentFocus CMS are just a few of the hundreds of options the users have to choose. The benefit of having these options allows you to choose the right integration to help you quickly customize your app. Pricing for Heroku starts with a free tier and works its way up to $6,000 a month. Heroku suggests the free account for one user looking to experiment with cloud applications, and bigger companies use their premium package. Deciding which service level is right for you comes down to many factors such as how many dynos you want per month to some features, you plan to use. I suggest Heroku for developers or small businesses that have small projects that they need to develop quickly and who do not have the expertise or time to manage the infrastructure as well.

Heroku and AWS are two of many cloud-based services that help developers and companies manage their apps. Both provide their users with many options, features and pricing points to match any size budget. Picking the right one can be a tough task. Hopefully, these posts have helped. Have questions or comments? Contact Seamgen!