Cloud Foundry vs Heroku vs Red Hat OpenShift

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Decisions about Cloud Foundry, Heroku, and Red Hat OpenShift

I'm transitioning to Render from heroku. The pricing scale matches my usage scale, yet it's just as easy to deploy. It's removed a lot of the devops that I don't like to deal with on setting up my own raw *nix box and makes deployment simple and easy!

Clustering I don't use clustering features at the moment but when i need to set up clustering of nodes and discoverability, render will enable that where Heroku would require that I use an external service like redis.

Restarts The restarts are annoying. I understand the reasoning, but I'd rather watch my service if its got a memory leak and work to fix it than to just assume that it has memory leaks and needs to restart.

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Pros of Cloud Foundry
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    Perfectly aligned with springboot
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    Free distributed tracing (zipkin)
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    Application health management
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    Free service discovery (Eureka)
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    Easy deployment
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    Free for side projects
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    Huge time-saver
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    Simple scaling
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    Low devops skills required
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    Easy setup
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    Add-ons for almost everything
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    Beginner friendly
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    Better for startups
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    Low learning curve
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    Postgres hosting
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    Easy to add collaborators
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    Faster development
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    Awesome documentation
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    Simple rollback
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    Focus on product, not deployment
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    Natural companion for rails development
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    Easy integration
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    Great customer support
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    GitHub integration
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    Painless & well documented
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    No-ops
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    Free
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    I love that they make it free to launch a side project
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    Great UI
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    Just works
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    PostgreSQL forking and following
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    MySQL extension
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    Good free plan
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    Open Source
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    Easy setup
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    Nodejs support
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    Well documented
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    Custom domains
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    Mongodb support
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    Clean and simple architecture
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    PHP support
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    Customizable environments
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    Ability to run CRON jobs
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    Easier than Heroku for a WordPress blog
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    Easy deployment
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    Good balance between Heroku and AWS for flexibility
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    PostgreSQL support
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    Autoscaling
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    Shell access to gears
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    Free, Easy Setup, Lot of Gear or D.I.Y Gear
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    Great Support
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    Its free and offer custom domain usage
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    Overly complicated and over engineered in majority of e
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    Golang support
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    Meteor support
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    Autoscaling at a good price point
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    Easy setup and great customer support
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    Great free plan with excellent support
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    No credit card needed
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    This is the only free one among the three as of today
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    because it is easy to manage

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Cons of Cloud Foundry
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      Super expensive
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      No usable MySQL option
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      Not a whole lot of flexibility
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      Storage
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      Low performance on free tier
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      Decisions are made for you, limiting your options
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      License cost
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      Behind, sometimes severely, the upstreams

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    What is Cloud Foundry?

    Cloud Foundry is an open platform as a service (PaaS) that provides a choice of clouds, developer frameworks, and application services. Cloud Foundry makes it faster and easier to build, test, deploy, and scale applications.

    What is Heroku?

    Heroku is a cloud application platform – a new way of building and deploying web apps. Heroku lets app developers spend 100% of their time on their application code, not managing servers, deployment, ongoing operations, or scaling.

    What is Red Hat OpenShift?

    OpenShift is Red Hat's Cloud Computing Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. OpenShift is an application platform in the cloud where application developers and teams can build, test, deploy, and run their applications.

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    What are some alternatives to Cloud Foundry, Heroku, and Red Hat OpenShift?
    Docker
    The Docker Platform is the industry-leading container platform for continuous, high-velocity innovation, enabling organizations to seamlessly build and share any application — from legacy to what comes next — and securely run them anywhere
    Kubernetes
    Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.
    OpenStack
    OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface.
    Terraform
    With Terraform, you describe your complete infrastructure as code, even as it spans multiple service providers. Your servers may come from AWS, your DNS may come from CloudFlare, and your database may come from Heroku. Terraform will build all these resources across all these providers in parallel.
    Google App Engine
    Google has a reputation for highly reliable, high performance infrastructure. With App Engine you can take advantage of the 10 years of knowledge Google has in running massively scalable, performance driven systems. App Engine applications are easy to build, easy to maintain, and easy to scale as your traffic and data storage needs grow.
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    Reviews of Cloud Foundry, Heroku, and Red Hat OpenShift
    Review of
    Heroku

    I use Heroku, for almost any project of mine. Their free plan is awesome for testing, solo developers or your startup and its almost impossible to not cover you somehow. Adding an add on is a simple command away and I find it easy to use it both on my Windows PC or my Linux laptop. Their documentation, covers almost everything. In particular I have used Heroku for Spring, Django and AngularJS. I even find it easier to run my project on my local dev with foreman start, than ./manage.py runserver (for my django projects). There is no place like Heroku for the developer!

    Review of
    Heroku

    Can't beat the simplicity of deploying and managing apps, the pricing is a bit high, but you are paying for those streamlined tools. However, after several experiences of tracing issues back to Heroku's stack, not having visibility into what they are doing has prompted moving two applications off of it and on to other more transparent cloud solutions. Heroku is amazing for what it is, hosting for early stage products.

    Review of
    Red Hat OpenShift

    I needed a PaaS provider that didn't drop all the time and it's hard to find a good option for PHP applications. Openshift takes care of it. They are a little behind on PHP versions, but that can be solved with a custom cartridge. It requires a little more elbow grease to get rolling when you want to implement something they don't already have, but their quickstarts are great to get rolling with the basics quickly.

    Review of
    Heroku

    I've been using Heroku for 3 years now, they have grown super fast and each time they're improving their services. What I really like the most is how easily you can show to your client the advances on you project, it would take you maximum 15 minutes to configure two environments (Staging/Production). It is simply essential and fantastic!

    Review of
    Heroku

    I liked how easy this was to use and that I could create some proof of concepts without have to pay. The downside for NodeJS is remote debugging. Pretty much have to depend on logging where Azure allows remote debugging with Node Inspector.

    Review of
    Heroku

    Using Heroku takes away all the pains associated with managing compute and backing services. It may require a little extra optimisation and tweaks, but these constraints often make your app better anyway.

    How developers use Cloud Foundry, Heroku, and Red Hat OpenShift
    StackShare uses
    Heroku

    Not having to deal with servers is a huge win for us. There are certainly trade-offs (having to wait if the platform is down as opposed to being able to fix the issue), but we’re happy being on Heroku right now. Being able to focus 100% of our technical efforts on application code is immensely helpful.

    Two dynos seems to be the sweet spot for our application. We can handle traffic spikes and get pretty consistent performance otherwise.

    We have a total of four apps on Heroku: Legacy Leanstack, StackShare Prod, StackShare Staging, StackShare Dev. Protip: if you’re setting up multiple environments based on your prod environment, just run heroku fork app name. Super useful, it copies over your db, add-ons, and settings.

    We have a develop branch on GitHub that we push to dev to test out, then if everything is cool we push it to staging and eventually prod. Hotfixes of course go straight to staging and then prod usually.

    StackShare uses
    Heroku

    We keep the Metrics tab open while we load test, and hit refresh to see what’s going on: heroku metric

    I would expect the graphs to expand with some sort of detail, but that’s not the case. So these metrics aren’t very useful. The logs are far more useful, so we just keep the tail open while we test.

    Tim Lucas uses
    Heroku

    Heroku runs the web and background worker processes. Auto-deployments are triggered via GitHub commits and wait for the Buildkite test build to pass. Heroku pipelines with beta release phase execution (for automatically running database migrations) allowed for easy manual testing of big new releases. Web and worker logs are sent to Papertrail.

    Jeff Flynn uses
    Heroku

    As much as I love AWS EC, I prefer Heroku for apps like this. Heroku has grown up around Rails and Ruby, massive set of add-ons that are usually one-click setup, and I once had to perform an emergency app scale-up a that I completed in seconds from my mobile phone whilst riding the Bangkok subway. Doesn't get much easier than that.

    danlangford uses
    Heroku

    With its complimentary SSL (on *.herokuapp.com) we can test everything. Our dev branch is built and deployed out to Heroku. Testing happens out here. not production cause $20/mo is TOO much to pay for the ability to use my own SSL purchased elsewhere.

    kelumkps uses
    Red Hat OpenShift

    SG-TravelBuddy server application is hosted on Red Hat OpenShift Online (v3). SG-TravelBuddy mobile (Android) app is connecting to this server for data operations.

    Giovanni Candido da Silva uses
    Cloud Foundry

    Easy host and monitor the application on the cloud, using a platform that is hight integrated with Spring Framework, but is also agnostic of technology

    InApplet uses
    Red Hat OpenShift

    Servidor das aplicações de Back-end

    azawisza uses
    Red Hat OpenShift

    Main cloud infrastructure provider

    Miyuru Sankalpa uses
    Red Hat OpenShift

    To host the blog powered by ghost

    AyeDeals uses
    Red Hat OpenShift

    OpenShift is our PaaS.