Heroku vs Rackspace

Heroku is the leading platform as a service in the world and supports Ruby, Java, Python, Scala, Clojure, and Node.js. Deploying an app is simple and easy. No special alternative tools needed, just a plain git push. Deployment is instant, whether your app is big or small.
Rackspace Cloud offers four alternative hosting products: Cloud Servers for on-demand computing power; Cloud Sites for robust web hosting; Cloud Load Balancers for easy, on-demand load balancing and high availability; and Cloud Files for elastic online file storage and CDN.Rackspace Cloud hosting customers never need to worry about buying new hardware to meet increasing traffic demands or huge traffic spikes.
Comparing Heroku vs Rackspace is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Heroku has better video than Rackspace

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Rackspace has more user-friendly interface than Heroku because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots

To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Rackspace is more popular than Heroku

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Rackspace acquires multi-platform hybrid IT management solution Datapipe (in 2017)
- Rackspace adds cloud optimization platform to its private cloud (in 2016)
- Heroku launches application development platform for Enterprise (in 2015)
- Rackspace will sell and manage Google Apps (in 2014)
- Rackspace guarantees 99.99% uptime of private cloud (in 2014)
- Salesforce connects Heroku to its cloud (in 2014)
- Top 7 Dreamforce stories (in 2012)
- Force.com 2 - already 5 PaaS platfroms (in 2010)
- Rackspace launched a dating service for apps and their users (in 2010)
- Rackspace added Windows to its Cloud (in 2010)

Looks like Rackspace was recently more active than Heroku (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Heroku and Rackspace meet head to head:

2016 - Rackspace adds cloud optimization platform to its private cloud. Beware Heroku

Rackspace partnered with AppFormix to bring its cloud monitoring and performance optimization tools to its private OpenStack cloud. This will give Rackspace customers access to AppFormix’s real-time monitoring, analytics and optimization tools (and Rackspace’s engineers will also use these to manage cloud for their customers). For RackSpace, this is a somewhat unusual move. The company typically builds its own tools for managing the technical side of its cloud businesses (and it was the founding member of the OpenStack project, together with NASA).

2010 - Force.com 2 - already 5 PaaS platfroms. Rackspace is in panic

At the Dreamforce conference, Salesforce demonstrated one more time that now it's not so interested in CRM (it was mainly a subject for jokes) as in cloud platforms. Following the release of SaaS database Database.com, the company introduced another big Force.com feature - Heroku - the PaaS startup that Salesforce has recently acquired for $ 212 million. Heroku - is a cloud platform for developing and hosting Ruby-applications (Ruby - is a popular framework for developing Web apps, created by 37Signals). Heroku became one of the five PaaS-services included in the new version Force.com 2. And the new structure of the Force.com platform now looks like this:

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Force.com is backed by cloud DBMS Database.com. And developers, depending on their skills and goals, can select one of five options:

- AppForce - platform for rapid app development. It allows to build apps with 80% clicks and 20% code
- Siteforce - platform for creating and managing external websites. It also utilises mainly visual development tools
- VMForce - platform for building Java-based applications. Supports easy migration of existing packaged enterprise apps to the cloud
- Heroku - platform for building Ruby-applications
- ISVforce - platform for SaaS providers, where they can host and manage internet services, sell them at AppExchange marketplace

Recall also that Force.com provides tools for developing and hosting Flash/AIR apps and integration tools for Google Apps.
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