[LRUG] Low initial cost Rails cloud hosting

Alex Pounds alex at alexpounds.com
Thu Sep 18 06:41:26 PDT 2014

On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 01:58:54PM +0100, gvim wrote:
> I'm looking for a good quality cloud deal to host Rails apps with
> low (or even free?) startup cost which I can offer to small
> businesses. Any you can recommend? It needs to based in Europe to
> avoid excessive latency.

If you're not afraid to be your own sysadmin, then DigitalOcean is a good
choice. Their VPSes start at $5/month, and they have a number of EU-based
data centres (including London). 

They also have some "one-click apps"[1], which are more like
"pre-configured system images". There's one for Rails (though it's a bit
pants - details on request), as well as Docker and Dokku[2] images. I've
not tried Dokku, but if you want a self-hosted Heroku it would be an easy
way to get started. 

They're also quite generous with vouchers. If you sign up from this link
you should get $10 in free credit, which is enough to try them out for a
month or so:  https://www.digitalocean.com/?refcode=406c3e1201fa
(And in the interests of full disclosure, if you go on to pay for it I get
a credit to my account).

[1]: https://www.digitalocean.com/features/one-click-apps/
[2]: https://github.com/progrium/dokku

Alex Pounds 
Web Developer & Photographer

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