Heroku - Developers hosting heaven? Host like the pros

Friday, March 6, 2020
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Apps are one of the biggest breakthroughs in the last 20 years, both socially and technologically. The functionality of an app can literally make or break a business these days. This is why it’s so important to build one that functions completely correctly and is professional in both style and experience.

It is one thing knowing you have to build a great app, it’s completely different when you actually try and build it. That’s why there are companies that can help with this process. This article will discuss one of them, Heroku.

What is Heroku?

Heroku is built for developers to deploy, scale and manage applications, all within a container-based cloud platform. The business aims to streamline the process between having an idea, developing it into an app, and getting a return on revenue from it. An app will only be noticed once it’s made it out to the public, no matter how good an idea it is.

The Heroku platform provides companies with the ecosystem to develop apps without having to divert their resources to managing hardware and servers. It is all about the developers, Heroku will be visible and help when they are needed, otherwise a company’s developers won’t be bothered and can concentrate on their idea.

Heroku was founded by a team of three in 2007 and was bought by Salesforce in 2011, where it was integrated into the Salesforce Platform. Thirteen years on from its inception, Heroku has over 26 billion requests a day, created more than 9 million apps, and has more than 2 million managed data stores.

There are three key principles that the Heroku Platform is centred around.

Developer Centric

Ensuring the development process is the best it can be has always been a top priority for Heroku. They believe that developers are the cornerstone of moving a company into an apps company and try to support them by removing the housekeeping tasks that slow down the development process, letting the experts concentrate on innovation.

App Centric

There is so much that goes into creating an app. Teams need to be managed, technology built and integrated, and markets to research, amongst so much more. In fact, so many processes are in place teams often lose focus of the most important product, the app. The product making it to market can make or break companies. Heroku helps to keep companies of every size on track with their goal of getting their app live and to their audience.

Production Centric

Businesses are supported along every step of the app lifecycle, build, run, manage, and scale. Once the app is live, it still needs to be managed, supported, and optimised. The Heroku database offers scaling options at terabytes, as well as dyno choices that can all be instantly scaled.

Features

Heroku Runtime

  • Deploy your apps within smart containers (dynos) in a consistent and fully managed runtime environment. The system and stacks are constantly observed, fixed, and improved so they are always fully up to date and running optimally. No need for a developer’s manual input.

Heroku Developer Experience (DX)

  • This feature of the platform helps to deliver software that follows an app-centric methodology. Developers can focus on creating the app, and not keeping infrastructure running properly. A developer can deploy straight from top industry tools such as Continuous Integration systems, Git, and GitHub.

Data Services and Ecosystem

  • Upgrade and tailor an application stacks to optimise and widen the scope of apps. Add-ons, Buildpacks, and Buttons are all available to improve functionality. These third party services improve capabilities with services such as data stores, logging, monitoring, as well as others.

Heroku Operational Experience (OpEx)

  • OpEx is a vital aspect to the cloud platform. It provides developers with a space to discuss and troubleshoot common problems they encounter. This is alongside customising a particular operational experience to find and fix negative patterns in an app's health. To do this, Heroku gives companies a toolset to trigger alerts if an error occurs. Additional features you receive with this are application metrics, threshold alerting, and autoscaling.

Security and Compliance

  • Due to the scale of Heroku and the nature of the platform it provides, there is a lot of sensitive data that has to be handled. Heroku is constantly issuing security audits and is PCI, HIPAA,, ISO, and SOC compliant.

Pricing

Pricing options are flexible and suited to a range of needs, from world wise businesses to personal projects.

Free and Hobby: $0 + per month

For non-commercial apps like personal projects, proof of concepts and MVPs

Production: $25 + per month

For apps which are business orientated, such as customer-facing and APIs

Advanced: $250+ per month

For vital apps that have a high degree of complex functions and need plenty of availability, low latency and can handle a large amount of concurrent requests.

There is so much that has to go into developing an app. The resources a company has wants to be spent on actually achieving the goal they set out for - which is building a successful app and taking it to market. If resources have to be spent on internal management and maintenance, that is a distraction from the end goal. By using Heroku you can let your developers concentrate on innovation and trust that experts are looking after everything else.