NodeChef – The Best Heroku Alternative

The best platform for hosting modern web and mobile apps on Bare metal servers.

Enterprise grade hosting platform

NodeChef is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) which developers, and teams of all sizes can use to deploy, manage and scale their apps whether it’s a simple prototype or a business-critical app. NodeChef combines the best features and leading technologies from companies like Google, Docker, and many more so that your team can use cutting-edge technologies.

Code Deployments

One of the advantages of a PaaS platform is the ease of deploying your app code and NodeChef is literally the winner in this space by a wide margin. NodeChef provides multiple ways to deploy your code while Heroku provides limited ways.

Using Git

While Heroku supports only GitHub, NodeChef supports GitHub, GitLab and Bitbucket integrations.

Using CLI

Just one command to install the CLI and also one command to deploy your project folder.

Using Upload

Zip or Tar archive your project folder, log into the dashboard and select to upload your project.

More reasons to choose NodeChef

  • Advanced Zero downtime deployments

    Both Heroku and NodeChef allows you to specify an await time before new updates are committed. Because application startup time can be variable considering Heroku runs on VPS instances (A shared environment in another shared environment), this is really an ineffective approach. NodeChef in addition also supports another option allowing your application to bind to the assigned port before committing the update. NodeChef can also be instructed to commit updates only when the container runs successfully on deploys.

  • Affordable Support

    NodeChef offers support for all its customers. In some cases, clients might require premium support. While NodeChef premium supports starts at $300 per month, Heroku charges the greater of $1,000/month or 20% of total bill per month with a minimum commitment of three months. This makes premium support out of reach for many developers and teams.

  • Debugging

    NodeChef offers built-in monitoring like uptime metrics, response and connect latency of all application containers, real-time structured HTTP logs and application logs with JSON entries prettied up, number of active clients, requests per second, CPU and memory usage of all containers. This offering is more advanced than what Heroku offers. NodeChef exec on the command line also allows you to execute commands and bash scripts in a live container.

  • Multiple Datacenters

    NodeChef offers more datacenters that Heroku, so that you can deploy your apps in regions that best suit your app. NodeChef offers datacenters in North America East (Split between US-East and Central Canada), EU-Central, Singapore and Sydney.