[LRUG] Rails in the wonderful, wonderful Cloud

Mike Evans mike at harmonypark.net
Thu Oct 1 04:11:38 PDT 2009

Thanks for all the replies so far guys.

Mark, it's a Rails focus and although the app is in its infancy there  
are grand designs (as always!) so being able to dial up the power in a  
virtualised environment to meet growth demands is attractive. Not  
being tied to particular physical hardware makes sense in terms of  
redundancy.  You're right that in reality two load-balanced servers  
would probably be as good in this regard but somehow it just feels so  
2007. :)

Also, a managed platform with an SLA sounds attractive relative to  
building up boxes ourselves.

Anyone heard good things about FlexiScale?


On 1 Oct 2009, at 12:02, Mark Blackman wrote:

> On 1 Oct 2009, at 10:10, Mike Evans wrote:
>> Hello, a quick question on this sunny autumnal morning. A client of  
>> ours is looking to move their Rails app into the cloud both for  
>> future scalability and redundancy reasons (the recent 20 minute  
>> outage due to their current host's network issues being the  
>> proximate cause).
>> Can anyone recommend, or recommend avoiding, any virtualised  
>> platforms? I'm aware of Engine Yard and Heroku (both of which are  
>> EC2 based I believe), and it seems Rackspace has a product now too.  
>> We've used Joyent in the past but found their customer service  
>> pretty woeful. The client's budget is £250/US$400 per month; a  
>> managed solution would be preferable if budget allows.
> Are you looking for Rails-focussed virtualisation or general ones or  
> big ones or cheap ones?
> For 250GBP/month you could probably get a pair of dedicated servers  
> of a reasonable spec.
> - Mark
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