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Engine Yard Is Hands Down The Best Heroku Alternative

Heroku used to be the gold standard Platform as a Service but it has PaaSed on.  Customers choose Engine Yard for a fully managed service with outstanding support.  You get best in class performance, expertise across languages and transparent pricing with no sticker shock as you scale

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Reasons To Choose Engine Yard Over Heroku

Private clusters give you better security and performance

Every customer gets a dedicated AWS account and a set of VPCs in a private fully configured Kubernetes cluster. All your data is completely isolated from the public internet for safety and security. You also have no noisy neighbour issues with dedicated infrastructure resulting in improved application performance

Autoscaling ensures better performance and cost control

The platform supports auto scaling by default.  This can be configured based on business requirements.  Each container can scale independently in a matter of milliseconds to handle bursts of traffic with ease.  This ensures that you don’t have to provision excess capacity and reduces your AWS infrastructure costs

Stop choosing between price and performance

Engine Yard supports auto scalling that is configured by your business requirements, avoiding excess provisioning and reducing costs, all with our outstanding support.

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We are recognized experts across languages

We have over a decade of full-stack experience and a proven highly optimized infrastructure stack.  Our stacks are battle hardened and optimized to improve application performance by up to 50%.  We are also investing in making sure your apps run on ARM and Graviton resulting in a 40% price/performance boost

Monitoring, alarming and observability are embedded in the platform

Use the integrated Prometheus monitoring capability and Grafana dashboards to easily observe your applications and adapt to operational changes and events. See all of your application logs in a single place using ELK capabilities (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana)

Our support is world class giving you peace of mind

Customers love Engine Yard support. This is reflected in our 98% customer satisfaction rating. We have clocked over 5 billion AWS hours with 10+ years of Linux and DevOps and  20+ combined years of DBaaS in the cloud. All support managers are certified AWS Solutions Architects.  Standard business hours support is included with Engine Yard

We are your extended DevOps team

Most of our customers have zero to limited in house DevOps support. Kubernetes releases are frequent and staying up to date can be a challenge.  Engine Yard manages this for you without any downtime. All of your Engine yard environments receive regular stack updates for both security patches and new functionality. Backups are automatically run and database replicas can be automatically created. Our platform also configures all security groups and firewalls to minimize exposure

We make Kubernetes easy for customers

Kubernetes is the undisputed leader in container orchestration platforms. However, it is insanely complicated.  Operating and tuning a Kubernetes cluster takes a lot of your team’s time away from development. That’s why customers who want to adopt Kubernetes choose a managed Kubernetes service like Engine Yard

Our pricing is scalable and transparent

One of the challenges customers face with Heroku is the steep increase in pricing as they scale up.  Our pricing is simple and scales linearly with usage.  Compliance is baked into the platform at no additional cost. Standard support is included with most plans. Premium support is available at an extra charge. Learn More

ARM support give you an additional price performance boost

A paradigm shift is happening in infrastructure as the price performance boost you get from X86 processors is flattening out.  That’s why we are innovating on ARM to give you the best performance for your dollar. ARM based processors offer performance boosts ranging from 40% to 50% over comparable X86 instances for a broad spectrum of workloads

Thousands of teams with limited DevOps support easily run complex containerized applications with Engine Yard:

Engine Yard vs Heroku: Head to Head

The table below compares some of the features, functionality and support you
get with Heroku to what Engine Yard brings to the table.


Auto Scaling

YesOnly with some tiers

Private cluster

Default configurationOnly Heroku enterprise

Fine grained controls

Linear scaling in units of 1
GB Ram.
Dyno capacity and price scales

Automated backups

YesExtra charges.

Enterprise grade DevOps Team

YesExtra charges.

Sysadmin & DBA support

YesExtra charges.

Inbuilt monitoring and observability

YesExtra charges.

Deploy to any AWS zone

YesExtra charges.

Ruby on Rails experts


Git push deployment


24×7 support


ARM support

Focus on building your apps and let Engine Yard manage the rest.

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Our customers are building new features and great products. They don’t have to worry about their infrastructure anymore.

Craig Bennett


“I’m so grateful we had Engine Yard during those times,” “It was the first major multi-retailer sale event where we’ve had no worries about running at sufficient scale. There was no backlog of processing and all orders were processed promptly. We got a lot of really nice comments from customers on how fast the platform was. It was extraordinary for us — brilliant.”

CJ Johnson

Chief Technical Officer Co-Founder

“We rely on Engine Yard to deliver a flexible, reliable platform with a rock-solid stack, so we don’t have to invest in building internal resources and hiring an ops team. Even with our customized configurations, Engine Yard makes it easy to deploy – we just click a button. We go from development to staging to production with all of our focus on building a great product.”

Kiran Darisi

Director Technical Operations

“We didn’t have a dedicated DevOps team at the start, so we chose Engine Yard to run our highly scalable help desk application. This allowed us to focus on building new features, and we released our pre-beta software in three months – without Engine Yard, it would have taken at least double that time. Engine Yard support and professional services are exceptional. They are quick to respond and provide their expertise on everything from stack updates to database support and chef recipes.”

Sankara Rameswaran

Principal Architect

“Engine Yard is a great partner for running our infrastructure. We are a really small team of engineers, yet we have the same kind of infrastructure as a company with excellent resources. With Engine Yard, we get deployment, monitoring, recovery, and scaling. Essentially, they are our extended DevOps team.”

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