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The development of applications and web resources is a long and complicated process, which from year to year has become more and more technologically advanced and requires huge amount of money and up-to-date innovations and techniques. One of these pretty popular and widely used technologies is the implementation of special cloud resources, which act as digital servers for saving and retaining huge amount of information, which would later become the foundation for your project and give you an opportunity to deploy, monitor and scale all the stages of development. Nowadays, we have different platforms through which we can carry out this process. However, not all the beginner programmers and developers have made the choice of fully integrating their archives with one of these cloud services. Two of the most popular of them are Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Heroku. In this article below, I will give you several tips on which to choose – Heroku or AWS – and give a special kind of comparison between AWS and Heroku, which I hope will help you make the right choice.
Comparing AWS and Heroku, it is important to mention that these two special cloud platforms are absolutely different. This means that their usage cannot be judged equally and it cannot be said that either one of these platforms is 100%. Moreover, comparing heroku vs aws is similar to comparing a pen and a pencil. Both of them are used for writing, but writing is done using different approaches. Thus, because of that particular nuance, we will examine that issue from the perspective of the usage of these approaches directly as the tools for storing the information for app development and nothing more. So, let me speak in a specified manner on both of these techniques.
Before the general description, I would like, first of all, to give a word on the strong benefits of the cloud approach, which is now discussed with more and more pessions. So, the majority of beginner developers usually ask that question, even though they are interested in using similar strategies without the understanding of their main benefits . Thus, they are:
Operation flexibility and the opportunity to manage all the data in any possible and needed way;
Cloud-based recoveries. So, you cannot be afraid of losing huge stacks of information;
Ability to access, edit, share and change all the files in any spot of the world;
Centralization of storage for all the documents. So, you will not lose anything;
It is needless to say that AWS is a product from a big company called Amazon. The company has already become one of the most powerful business projects throughout the whole history of the Internet. From selling books in the very beginning of its career, Amazon grew up to the level of a multifunctional company, which now offers more than 50 special services and additional software for your computer. So, we can conclude that AWS is a pretty reliable resource. Besides, it also, as well as Amazon itself, has a giant audience of supporters, which has translated to a pretty fast and rapid development of the platform.
However, let me be more specific and describe the majority of those special and general features that make AWS what it actually is. But later I will give you a full description of all of them, while comparing Amazon Web Services and Heroku. First of all, it is important to mention that AWS is one of the flagship offers of Amazon, which made it more attractive and interesting. Then, there is also a pretty interesting feature, which is that AWS is available to anybody and from anywhere. So, there is no problem with accessing your data even in Antarctica. All you need is just a strong Internet connection.
One of the most distinguished features of AWS is the whole process of creating a web cloud server. There are several classic steps followed in the creation of a server. First of all, you have to configure a virtualized server. Then, there are several steps, such as:
Adding of database sections;
Setting up an operating system;
Setting of locad balancer;
And then finally, you have to choose the proper CPU and the amount of RAM needed for the establishment of the whole system. And only after that do you have to install all the backup servers and hook them up to the core server. Sounds pretty complicated, but in order to make that process easier, AWS has several special functions for you. For instance, Amazon provides the user with with the building blocks. This approach allows you to choose and set the right amount of blocks for the creation of the server with tips on notifications and instructions, which makes the whole process clearer and faster. That was a brief review of AWS. Now, it is time to equally review Heroku and then finally compare the features of AWS and Heroku.
To be honest, Heroku is a much simpler tool that can be used to create special web servers. It can be used by beginners as well. However, let us take a closer look at all the features of that technology. First of all, it is directly based on AWS. This already means that Heroku is not so prestigious and sophisticated as AWS. Moreover, it is much more simple, and sometimes the software is considered too simple, especially for professional developers. This is because all the regulations go through the command line, which is too old-school for those technologies developed in 2010. Thus, we can conclude that the simpler the platform is, the simpler will be the final product created by that particular software. However, there are several positive features positive of Heroku. For instance, there is no need thinking of developing the infrastructure because it is managed automatically by the software. Then, it can provide you with built-in and instant run-time and application services, which in no way is a drawback. Anyway, it doesn't make sense to compare these two web server platforms because they are absolutely different in a majority of ways.
Now, it is important to e list the main differences between these two platforms. In essence, this actually means the strengths and weaknesses of each of them. However, let me first of all start with those things that are similar in this field and then settle to the process of choosing between AWS and Heroku. First, these pieces of software are compatible with programming languages such as:
Docker and PHP.
While Heroku is compatible with more programming languages such as Java, Scala, Clojure and several others.
Furthermore, the whole strategy of building the software is similar, or even exactly the same. For instance, in AWS, as well as in Heroku, the background structure consists of several important and similar features. First of all, there is the creation of a server, then the implementation of a certain platform and choice of the operation system (Linux, Windows, MacOS and others). After that, there is the separation of key tires on the Application and Database. All of these key steps can be seen on the graph below.
However, let me focus on those important differences that may influence your choice. First of all, the difference lies in the idea of hosting. For example, AWS is hosted on proprietary servers, while Heroku is located within the servers of AWS. That, I believe, plays a crucial role in the understanding of the pros and cons of AWS and Heroku.
Then, a much bigger difference is in the offerings and services offered by these pieces of software. While AWS offers the use of the platforms as services and the infrastructural development as services, Heroku presents only the opportunity to operate with their platforms as virtual services. Then, the whole concept also plays an important role. Yes, there are, for sure, similarities such as the developed platforms for rapid app deployment. However, AWS also possesses the ability to create infrastructure before the actual process of deployment. These differences seem vital to those willing to launch and save pretty big on projects.
Besides, there is also a list of the main features provided by Heroku and AWS in 2017. For example, they both offer an opportunity for capacity provisioning and app health monitoring. But again, both of them have several features that make them radically different. For instance, AWS can also put on hold load balancing of the whole data and can allow you to avoid several manual setting through auto scaling. Moreover, while using AWS, you are able to operate with ready templates and multiple configurations.
However, Heroku does not also lag behind and can boast of database and application rollback, which can make you feel much safer if something goes wrong. Also, using Heroku gives you the chance to implement vertical and horizontal scaling, as well as full GitLab integration, which is also pretty beneficial.
When it comes to the tools these pieces of software operate with, it is important to note that they have absolutely nothing in common. So I would like to give you just two brief lists about them.
|Amazon Web Services||Heroku|
|AWS management console||Heroku Command Line|
|AWS Command Line Interface||Heroku Application Metrics|
|AWS Could Watch||Heroku Connect|
Taking everything into consideration, I can say, just as in the very beginning, that comparing these two platforms is similar to the comparison between a pen and a pencil, which, fundamentally, are created for the same purpose, but are focused on different techniques of carrying out their basic tasks. So, again, they are different and just ought to be used in different ways. One for professionals, the other for beginners and primary developers. However, it is worth mentioning that in case you are to choose between Heroku, AWS, and local machine, the best option would be AWS without a doubt. A lot of developers may ask “Why use AWS?”. And I will respond by giving various reasons. First of all, it is 100% authentic and reliable. Secondly, it is safer and more technologically advanced. And finally, if you're really serious, sooner or later you will transfer to AWS, so it is better to get used to the main platform from the very beginning. I really hope that I was able to answer the majority of the questions you had, and now you are more or less familiar with that big bunch of important materials.