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Empire vs Heroku: What are the differences?

Developers describe Empire as "A Self-Hosted PaaS Built on Docker and Amazon ECS". Empire is a control layer on top of Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) that provides a Heroku like workflow. It conforms to a subset of the Heroku Platform API, which means you can use the same tools and processes that you use with Heroku, but with all the power of EC2 and Docker. 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.

Empire and Heroku belong to "Platform as a Service" category of the tech stack.

Empire is an open source tool with 2.53K GitHub stars and 156 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Empire's open source repository on GitHub.

Decisions about Empire and Heroku

The Friendliest.app started on Heroku (both app and db) like most of my projects. The db on Heroku was on the cusp of becoming prohibitively expensive for this project.

After looking at options and reading recommendations we settled on Render to host both the application and db. Render's pricing model seems to scale more linearly with the application instead of the large pricing/performance jumps experienced with Heroku.

Migration to Render was extremely easy and we were able to complete both the db and application moves within 24 hours.

The only thing we're really missing on Render is a CLI. With Heroku, we could manage everything from the command line in VSCode. With Render, you need to use the web shell they provide.

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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 Empire
Pros of Heroku
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    12-factor methodology
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    Open source
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    BSD License
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    Easy deployment
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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
  • 150
    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
  • 19
    Focus on product, not deployment
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    Natural companion for rails development
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    Easy integration
  • 12
    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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    I love that they make it free to launch a side project
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    Free
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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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    Security
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    Able to host stuff good like Discord Bot
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Cons of Empire
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      Super expensive
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      Not a whole lot of flexibility
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      Storage
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      No usable MySQL option
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      Low performance on free tier
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      24/7 support is $1,000 per month

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    What is Empire?

    Empire is a control layer on top of Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) that provides a Heroku like workflow. It conforms to a subset of the Heroku Platform API, which means you can use the same tools and processes that you use with Heroku, but with all the power of EC2 and Docker.

    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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