Ruby hosting in the cloud – Elastic Beanstalk vs Heroku vs EngineYard

Three platforms stand out for cloud based hosting – Elastic Beanstalk, Heroku and EngineYard. Here I present my experiences with the three, and thoughts on which might be best to use under various factors.

To cut to the chase – Elastic Beanstalk wins, but as usual it depends on your situation.

Common features

All the below services feature:

Note that none of these features came with Elastic Beanstalk when it first launched – its come a long way, so may be worth reconsidering if you’d previously disregarded it.

Heroku

Pros

Cons

We use Heroku for all our test applications, and for little pet projects that might grow. I wouldn’t use it for actual scaling though, its too expensive and you don’t get enough for your money.

EngineYard

Pros

Cons

I would recommend EngineYard for production products where money is no issue, and support and absolute minimal interaction with setting up addons is required.

Elastic Beanstalk

Pros

Cons

Elastic Beanstalk is where I would recommend hosting production products to get a balance of service and price. You could even start a pet project on there right away due to the free storage tier. There are more cons, but I feel these are offset by the price for many situations.

7 Comments

Sagar Ranglani

Wonderful Comparison! Thank you for the post! :-)

makuchaku

Nice comparison!

todbot

Cool, thanks. “A sample low traffic site on Elastic Beanstalk after the free period is $35 per month.” Is this based on a setup that includes EC2, RDS, and S3?

ykessler

I remember RDS being expensive- north of $80 a month? – did you factor db costs into these comparisons?

markirby

RDS on the free tier is free, but is then priced by the hour. Price depends on how much you need – the sample data came from Amazon. Full details here: http://aws.amazon.com/pricing/elasticbeanstalk/

Vezu

For a startup looks like Heroku wins.

LeonidMirsky

Nice comparison.

Did you have a chance to check AWS OpsWorks in comparison to BeanStalk?
Are you planning to perform such a comparison :) ?

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