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We performed a comparison between Heroku and Pivotal Cloud Foundry based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two PaaS Clouds solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Heroku vs. Pivotal Cloud Foundry Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"It is easy to deploy applications, and we don't need to bother about software updates on the server. We don't need to bother about machines, servers, and hardware. We only need to care about the system and functionality that we need or want to develop. They take care of everything else. It provides high availability. It is a pretty good solution that provides everything that we need. It has everything that we need to run our applications. We have many different applications, and we generate three million bills for a company in Brazil. We see more than a billion requests per day in another application. Everything works just fine, and it is very good.""One of the best things about Heroku is that it is very easy and straightforward to deploy an application.""The most valuable feature of Heroku is the continuous integration and applications it provides.""It's easy to push a change and to deploy new things.""The platform is very Node.js-friendly, which is something that is important to us."

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"The most valuable features of Pivotal Cloud Foundry are its ease of use and the command line interface has the ability to push instances to the cloud easily.""The most valuable feature of Pivotal Cloud Foundry is auto-healing and the plenty of other features that are provided.""Pivotal Cloud Foundry is very easy to use compared to other cloud technologies. It has a very good performance.""We find its stability and scalability valuable.""The most valuable feature of Pivotal Cloud Foundry is the UI, it is easy to use."

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Cons
"We have to do daily restarts of some processes, which is annoying, and the support for custom CI could be better.""We would like to be notified when something goes wrong in the process. When something is not working, we should get an alert.""Heroku had an authentication problem a few months ago, but they solved it.""Heroku doesn't support Docker images on the CI infrastructure.""Their support is good, but they can improve their response time."

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"Pivotal Cloud Foundry could improve on the technology it is a bit complex.""Pivotal Cloud Foundry is not scalable, infinitely, because when you install it on a set of virtual machines it is very hard to scale. It's easy to scale on an application level, but not it is not similar to if you were using Amazon. Amazon you can scale thousands of applications.""The Pivotal Cloud Foundry's initial setup has a learning curve for my team, but it was easy to use.""Pivotal Cloud Foundry could improve the documentation. They are good, but they could improve more. Additionally, it would be beneficial if there were more use case examples.""There are no synthetic application monitoring and real-time monitoring features."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Its price is very good."
  • "The price of Heroku could be less expensive."
  • "There is a standard fee for a processing unit, they call them "dynos," and then you pay for add-ons."
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  • "You're paying for the number of virtual machines you want to install in the installation."
  • "The price of Pivotal Cloud Foundry is based on the customer's requirements. However, the price is comparable to other similar solutions."
  • "The price of Pivotal Cloud Foundry could improve. However, in this category of solutions, they are all expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:One of the best things about Heroku is that it is very easy and straightforward to deploy an application.
    Top Answer:Heroku had an authentication problem a few months ago, but they solved it. That's the only problem that I can recall having with the solution.
    Top Answer:We primarily use Heroku for Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) and to build bots. It is also used for mobile web applications such as Telegram and WhatsApp. The websites are used for a variety of use cases… more »
    Top Answer:Pivotal Cloud Foundry is a cloud-native application platform to simplify app delivery. It is efficient and effective. The best feature is how easy it is to handle external services such as database… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of Pivotal Cloud Foundry are its ease of use and the command line interface has the ability to push instances to the cloud easily.
    Top Answer:The price of Pivotal Cloud Foundry is based on the customer's requirements. However, the price is comparable to other similar solutions. The price for cloud providers can be a big difference when… more »
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    5
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    9.0
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    5
    Average Words per Review
    352
    Rating
    7.8
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    Also Known As
    PCF, Pivotal Application Service (PAS), Pivotal Container Service (PKS), Pivotal Function Service (PFS)
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    Overview

    Established in 2007, Heroku is a cloud application platform providing a streamlined, efficient place for web app developers to create and deploy their applications. Heroku is designed to maximize developer productivity. With the entire web application development process available on the Herokucloud, creating and rolling out web apps has been made more efficient, convenient, and cost-effective than ever before.

    Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) is the leading enterprise PaaS, powered by Cloud Foundry. PCF provides a cloud-native application platform that allows you to continuously deliver any app to every major private and public cloud with a single platform. PCF is proven to accelerate feature delivery with higher developer productivity and a 200:1 developer to operator ratio. PCF's built-in security and self-healing capabilities reduce risk in your app portfolio while maintaining high-availability at scale to keep customer facing systems online even in the most challenging circumstances. pivotal.io

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    Sample Customers
    Facebook, UrbanDictionary, Code for America, Mailchimp, Rapportive, GitHub, TED, and Lyft.
    Humana, Citibank, Mercedes Benz, Liberty Mutual, The Home Depot, GE, West Corp, Merrill Corporation, CoreLogic, Orange, Dish Network, Comcast, Bloomberg, Internal Revenue Service, Ford Motor Company, Garmin, Volkswagen, Solera, Allstate, US Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, ScotiaBank
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Educational Organization9%
    Government6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm34%
    Manufacturing Company15%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Insurance Company5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business87%
    Midsize Enterprise4%
    Large Enterprise9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise66%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business44%
    Large Enterprise56%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business10%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise84%
    Buyer's Guide
    Heroku vs. Pivotal Cloud Foundry
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Heroku vs. Pivotal Cloud Foundry and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Heroku is ranked 8th in PaaS Clouds with 5 reviews while Pivotal Cloud Foundry is ranked 9th in PaaS Clouds with 5 reviews. Heroku is rated 9.0, while Pivotal Cloud Foundry is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Heroku writes "Easy to configure and use, easily expandable with a variety of plugins, and helpful technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pivotal Cloud Foundry writes "High performance, reliable, and straightforward implementation". Heroku is most compared with Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Google App Engine, Oracle Cloud Platform and Amazon Lightsail, whereas Pivotal Cloud Foundry is most compared with Microsoft Azure, OpenShift, Amazon AWS, Google Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform. See our Heroku vs. Pivotal Cloud Foundry report.

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