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Heroku vs Jelastic: What are the differences?

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  1. Deployment Approach: Heroku uses a Git-based deployment approach where developers push their code to a Git repository, and Heroku automatically builds and deploys the application. In contrast, Jelastic supports various deployment methods, including Git, FTP, and SSH, providing more flexibility in how developers can deploy their applications.

  2. Scalability Options: Heroku offers vertical scalability, allowing users to increase resources like memory and CPU of a single dyno. On the other hand, Jelastic supports horizontal scalability, enabling users to add or remove instances of containers dynamically to handle fluctuations in workload, providing better scalability options for complex applications.

  3. Pricing Model: Heroku follows a pay-as-you-go pricing model based on resources consumed, such as dyno hours and add-ons. In contrast, Jelastic offers a container-based pricing model, where users pay for the resources allocated to each container, providing more cost-effective options for predictable workloads or when running multiple applications.

  4. Supported Languages and Stacks: Heroku primarily supports popular programming languages and frameworks like Ruby, Python, Node.js, and Java, making it ideal for web developers. In comparison, Jelastic supports a wider range of languages and stacks, including PHP, Java, Ruby, Python, Node.js, .NET, providing more options for diverse application development requirements.

  5. Control and Customization: Heroku abstracts much of the underlying infrastructure and platform details, limiting the level of control and customization available to users. In contrast, Jelastic offers more control over the environment, allowing users to tweak platform settings, install custom software, and manage network configurations to meet specific application requirements effectively.

  6. High Availability and Failover: Heroku provides high availability with its robust infrastructure and automatic failover mechanisms. Conversely, Jelastic offers advanced high availability features like automatic horizontal scaling and automated disaster recovery for improved resilience and fault tolerance in production environments.

In Summary, Heroku and Jelastic differ in their deployment approach, scalability options, pricing models, supported languages, control and customization levels, and high availability features, catering to different needs of developers based on specific requirements and preferences.
Decisions about Heroku and Jelastic
Ben Diamond
Web Designer & Developer at Self-employed · | 6 upvotes · 16.2K views

As I was running through freeCodeCamp's curriculum, I was becoming frustrated by Replit's black box nature as a shared server solution for Node app testing. I wanted to move into a proper workflow with Git and a dedicated deployment solution just for educational or non-commercial purposes. Heroku solved that for me in spades.

Not only does Heroku support free app deployment if you don't use their extra service handlers, but you can directly hook into your GitHub repos and automatically update the app whenever you commit to the main branch. It's a simple way to get an app running as fast as possible if you wish to share a proof of concept or prototype before moving to dedicated servers.

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The 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 Heroku
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    Easy deployment
  • 459
    Free for side projects
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    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
  • 4
    I love that they make it free to launch a side project
  • 4
  • 3
    Great UI
  • 3
    Just works
  • 2
    PostgreSQL forking and following
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    MySQL extension
  • 1
  • 1
    Able to host stuff good like Discord Bot
  • 0
  • 13
    Automatic scaling
  • 12
    Managed hosting
  • 12
    Pay-per-Use on an hourly basis
  • 8
    Constantly evolving
  • 6
    Multiple hosting providers
  • 5
    Full automatic vertical and horizontal scaling
  • 5
    High availability
  • 5
    SSH access
  • 3
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    Great support
  • 2
    Easy to use

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Cons of Jelastic
  • 27
    Super expensive
  • 9
    Not a whole lot of flexibility
  • 7
    No usable MySQL option
  • 7
  • 5
    Low performance on free tier
  • 2
    24/7 support is $1,000 per month
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    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 Jelastic?

    Jelastic is a Multi-Cloud DevOps PaaS for ISVs, telcos, service providers and enterprises needing to speed up development, reduce cost of IT infrastructure, improve uptime and security.

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