AppHarbor vs Clever Cloud: What are the differences?
What is AppHarbor? Instantly deploy and scale .NET applications. AppHarbor is a fully hosted .NET Platform as a Service. AppHarbor can deploy and scale any standard .NET application to the cloud.
What is Clever Cloud? Deploy and run apps with bulletproof infrastructure, automatic scaling, and fair pricing. Clever Cloud is a polyglot cloud application platform. The service helps developers to build applications with many languages and services, with auto-scaling features and a true pay-as-you-go pricing model.
AppHarbor and Clever Cloud belong to "Platform as a Service" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by AppHarbor are:
- You push .NET and Windows code to AppHarbor using Git, Mercurial, Subversion or Team Foundation Server with the complimentary Git service or through integrations offered in collaboration with Bitbucket, CodePlex and GitHub.
- When AppHarbor receives your code it will be built by a build server. If the code compiles all unit tests contained in the compiled assemblies will be run. The result and progress of the build and unit test status can be monitored on the application dashboard. AppHarbor will call any service hooks that you add to notify you of the build result.
- If everything checks out the application is deployed and configured on AppHarbor application servers. AppHarbor can scale an application vertically and horizontally within seconds for better request throughout, performance and failover. AppHarbor balance load across all instances running that application. Scaling an application gives higher request thoughput, redundancy in case of instance failure and better performance.
On the other hand, Clever Cloud provides the following key features:
- SQL and NoSQL
"Has a totally free account option" is the primary reason why developers consider AppHarbor over the competitors, whereas "Quick & easy setup" was stated as the key factor in picking Clever Cloud.
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We have recently moved our Playframework app to Clevercloud. It was relatively painless and the few issues we did have was mostly of the RTM type.... in fact, everything came down to minor configuration tweaks on our side... the Clevercloud stack performed flawlessly throughout.
The Clevercloud team doesn't have a moat of "Level 1 Support" people around their technical experts, who try to fob off support queries with canned responses, like a lot of other hosting companies do.... when you have a technical question it gets answered by a member of the core engineering team, pretty much straight away. They are knowledgeable, think out the box and are willing to entertain non-standard requests (within reason).
The platform is accessible via a web-based console or a custom CLI. Both are easy and straightforward to use. Changing your scaling strategy (vertical, horizontal or both) is dead simple, as are deployments (git push). We don't use Github, but I understand things are even easier if you do. The infrastructure also seems quite robust (a little early to tell for sure) and is certainly performant.
For us as primarily software developers who do server admin, etc. mostly in self-defence, the Clevercloud platform and team is heaven sent. It's like having your own data centre, run by your own team of dedicated devops ninjas... at a fraction of the price and none of the HR issues 😄
AppHarbor is an amazing tool for indie developers or startups that are just getting on their feet. To put it short, AppHarbor is the Heroku of .NET, being developer friendly, cost effective and performant.
Their platform has some nice features including the plugins (integrations with different services such as shared or dedicated RDBMS instances, document repositories, messaging queues, logging and monitoring services, etc.) that are extremely easy to use, and especially integrations with BitBucket and GitHub.
It's such a pleasure to work with the integrations mentioned, that whenever a developer pushes commits to the selected branch, AppHarbor automatically pulls, updates, builds, runs the unit tests and deploys. The cream of the crop is the fact that even the free tier supports this workflow which is practically a continuous delivery approach. And this makes AppHarbor perfect for startups and independent developers.
And, for established companies, I have to add the fact that their customer support is quite good.
I adopted node.js the year it came out. I have hosted my experimental and general purpose sites on many cloud hosting services, including ones that don't exist any more.
Clever Cloud has been by far the best experience yet. There was a brief, steep learning curve, but I had excellent personal support from Quentin himself and several other excellent techs.
I have high confidence in this service and I will recommend it to my associates and expect to deploy large scale sites soon. All I can say is good job and well done! They do everything right, and its a breeze tracking and controlling many sites.
I work as a freelancer and I'm used to pick the right tool for the right job. As a result I have projects in Node.js, Play framework, JEE with multiple DB engines (postgresql, mysql, couchbase, mongodb)… Using a PaaS with native support of these stacks make me save lots of time. I can also setup beta environments to share ongoing work with my clients before prime-time. Deployment fits well in my workflow (git push). The blue-green deployment process saved my ass several times when I needed to deploy fixes during a surge of traffic.
The support is quick to answer and takes feedback into account.
The platform is really easy to use, everything works as expected, no surprise. The first app I deployed was a Spring Boot app; in less than an hour, I've been able to write the hello world app, subscribe and deploy.
The pricing is fair, and you pay for your use only (no hidden cost such as app storage or something like that).
And the biggest point: the support is awesome. If you miss something, just ask: they will give you the help you need.
To sum up: give a try, and I'm pretty sure you will never go back.
We use clever to host a CRM and everything is cool in my experience; a lot of tools to deploy in a few clicks, MySQL ? 2 clicks. A web app for your CMS ? 3 clicks. Deploy a new version? 1 git push.
Just easy to setup, easy to maintain, easy to engage new developer on this stack, and if you need some help, ping them and see how fast your question we be answered, at night, on weekends...
OH, and your know what? It just works all the time, and pricing is fair.
Guys: You Rocks !