Cloud 66 vs Heroku

Heroku is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider, while Cloud 66 is a DevOps as a Service provider. Heroku is slightly easier to use, but up to 93% more expensive and much less flexible than Cloud 66.

Ease of Use

Heroku is often regarded as one of the most user-friendly platforms for deployment. It offers a simple and intuitive web interface, along with a command-line interface (CLI) for managing applications.

Cloud 66 also provides an easy-to-use interface, but it might require a bit more configuration and setup compared to Heroku.

FeatureCloud 66Heroku
Web UI
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Flexibility and control is where Cloud 66 shines. Running your applications on your own servers, means there is not a single platform to build for all Cloud 66 users. This gives you great flexibility in many ways compared to Heroku.

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HTTP Response Time

Heroku HTTP response time is limited to 30 seconds, while Cloud 66 has no such limitation. This means you can run long-running tasks on your own servers, which is not possible on Heroku.
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Persistent Storage

Heroku does not provide persistent storage, which means you cannot store your data on the server. Cloud 66 deploys your application to real servers, which means you can store your data on the server or in your cloud provider's storage.
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Managed Databases

Heroku is famous for its managed Postgres, which is hosted and managed by Heroku. Cloud 66 builds, configures and manages MySQL, Postgres, MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch and InfluxDB on your own servers and with Private IP and traffic, with no vendor lock-in.
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Private Networking

Private Networking on Heroku requires Private Spaces, starting at $1200 per month. Cloud 66 provides Private Networking for free, so you can run your applications in a secure environment.
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Custom Packages

Heroku does not allow you to install custom packages on your servers or Contribs on components like Postgres. There is no such restrictions on Cloud 66, so you can install any package or Contrib you want.
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SSH Access

Heroku does not provide SSH access to your servers. Cloud 66 provides SSH access to your servers, so you can debug and troubleshoot your applications or run commands on your servers.
FeatureCloud 66Heroku
HTTP Response TimeNo Limit30 Seconds
Persistent Storage
Managed DatabasesMySQL, Postgres, MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch and InfluxDBPostgres and Redis
Private NetworkingFreeRequires Private Spaces
Custom Packages
SSH Access
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Framework and Language Support

Applications running on Cloud 66 can run natively or in containers, built using your own Dockerfiles. This means you can run any language or framework on Cloud 66, while Heroku requires Buildpacks for a limited number of languages and frameworks. This makes Cloud 66 more flexible and Heroku easier to use.

Cloud 66 also supports static sites like Jekyll, Hugo, Gatsby, etc. and can build and deploy them to your own servers. Heroku does not support static sites.

FeatureCloud 66Heroku
Uses Buildpacks
Supports Dockerfiles
Static Site Generators
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Reliability and Performance

Heroku is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider, which means it is a shared platform. This means you are sharing the resources with other users, which can affect the performance of your applications.

Cloud 66 is a DevOps as a Service provider, which means you are running your applications on your own servers. This means you have full control over the resources and performance of your applications.

Cloud 66 supports all data centers of 9 major cloud providers, plus non cloud servers. This means you can run your applications in the same data center as your the rest of your infrastructure, which can improve the performance of your applications.

Heroku applications are restarted every 24 hours. Another side effect of a single platform serving many customers. On Cloud 66, your applications can run forever.

FeatureCloud 66Heroku
Dedicated Environment4
Data Center Regions242+25
Forced Restarts
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Heroku can get very expensive, very fast, and that's before you start paying for add-ons.

Cloud 66 is a very affordable solution that grows with you and is much cheaper than Heroku or hiring your own DevOps team.

As Dynos are not real servers, we've tried to use a Dyno's memory as the basis for the comparison and compare them with the closest server sizes, noted as Upgrades. Also for this comparison we used our paid account pricing.

Application Instance

Instance RamHerokuCloud 661Savings
512 MB$25
Upgraded to 2 GB
1 GB$50
Upgraded to 2 GB
2.5 GB$250
Upgraded to 4 GB
14 GB$500
Upgraded to 16 GB

Database Instance


Heroku Postgres databases are limited to from 120 to 500 concurrent connections, depending on the plan. Cloud 66 Postgres databases have no such limitation.

Cloud 66 managed databases can be rolled back as long as you want, while Heroku managed databases can only be rolled back for 4 days.

Instance RamStorageHerokuCloud 662Savings
4 GB64GB$50
40 GB Storage
8 GB256GB$200
80 GB Storage
15 GB512GB$400
240 GB Storage
30.5 GB768 GB$750
360 GB Storage
  1. 1Single deployment server on Cloud 66 Developer Plan, paid monthly plus Hetzner cloud Shared CPU x86 server.
  2. 2Managed databases on a Cloud 66 Developer Plan, plus Hetzner cloud server and managed backups storage.
  3. 3Heroku Dynos are technically Linux containers but that is hidden from the user and no control over them is provided.
  4. 4Heroku offers dedicated environments with Private Spaces starting at $1200 per month.
  5. 5Heroku has 10 regions but 8 of those are Private Spaces only

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