ElephantSQL vs Heroku

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ElephantSQL vs Heroku: What are the differences?

Developers describe ElephantSQL as "PostgreSQL as a Service". ElephantSQL hosts PostgreSQL on Amazon EC2 in multiple regions and availability zones. The servers are continuously transferring the Write-Ahead-Log (the transaction log) to S3 for maximum reliability. On the other hand, Heroku is detailed as "Build, deliver, monitor and scale web apps and APIs with a trail blazing developer experience". 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.

ElephantSQL and Heroku are primarily classified as "PostgreSQL as a Service" and "Platform as a Service" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by ElephantSQL are:

  • Continuous backup to S3
  • Automatic failover
  • 24/7 monitoring

On the other hand, Heroku provides the following key features:

  • Agile deployment for Ruby, Node.js, Clojure, Java, Python, Go and Scala.
  • Run and scale any type of app.
  • Total visibility across your entire app.
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Pros of ElephantSQL
Pros of Heroku
  • 10
    They suck
  • 1
    Monitoring
  • 1
    Geospatial support
  • 1
    Easy setup
  • 1
    Easy backup
  • 705
    Easy deployment
  • 459
    Free for side projects
  • 374
    Huge time-saver
  • 348
    Simple scaling
  • 261
    Low devops skills required
  • 190
    Easy setup
  • 174
    Add-ons for almost everything
  • 153
    Beginner friendly
  • 150
    Better for startups
  • 133
    Low learning curve
  • 48
    Postgres hosting
  • 41
    Easy to add collaborators
  • 30
    Faster development
  • 24
    Awesome documentation
  • 19
    Simple rollback
  • 19
    Focus on product, not deployment
  • 15
    Natural companion for rails development
  • 15
    Easy integration
  • 12
    Great customer support
  • 8
    GitHub integration
  • 6
    Painless & well documented
  • 6
    No-ops
  • 4
    I love that they make it free to launch a side project
  • 4
    Free
  • 3
    Great UI
  • 3
    Just works
  • 2
    PostgreSQL forking and following
  • 2
    MySQL extension
  • 1
    Security
  • 1
    Able to host stuff good like Discord Bot
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Cons of ElephantSQL
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    • 26
      Super expensive
    • 8
      Not a whole lot of flexibility
    • 6
      Storage
    • 6
      No usable MySQL option
    • 4
      Low performance on free tier
    • 1
      24/7 support is $1,000 per month

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    What is ElephantSQL?

    ElephantSQL hosts PostgreSQL on Amazon EC2 in multiple regions and availability zones. The servers are continuously transferring the Write-Ahead-Log (the transaction log) to S3 for maximum reliability.

    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.

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