Heroku vs Cyclic

Heroku is the one of the best known PaaS (Platform as a Service) vendors. It was founded in 2007 (two years before Node.js was first released). Both Heroku and Cyclic offer a similar set of standard basic features.

Heroku is built around a concept of "Dynos". These are lightweight containers that are priced liked servers but have some attributes of on-demand serverless style runtimes with elastic scale up. The downside is that you still pay for idle.

Cyclic is a good alternative to Heroku if you are looking for a modern cloud architecture, serverless hosting infrastructure, easy on-boarding experience, a bursty or inconsistent workload. Or if self-hosting is required (BYO cloud account). Pay for the requests you use, auto-scale from the start.

Here is a breakdown Heroku compared to Cyclic on individual features:

vs
Compute
Cyclic
Heroku
Always on
✔︎
Paid
Inactivity Delay
~200ms
~30s
Global app deployment
22 regions
2 regions
Self hosting option (Bring Your Own Cloud)
✔︎
X
Storage
Cyclic
Heroku
Integrated database
DynamoDB
PostgreSQL
Integrated object storage
S3
Extra addon
DevX
Cyclic
Heroku
Push to deploy
✔︎
✔︎
GitHub app integration
✔︎
✔︎
Zero-config
✔︎
X
Pricing
Cyclic
Heroku
Free tier
✔︎
X
Consumption based pricing (stop paying for idle capacity)
✔︎
X1

[1] Heroku free tier discountinued as of 11/28/2022

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