How to Setup a Project That Can Host Up to 1000 Users for Free

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Scout Monitoring - Performance metrics and, now, Logs Management Monitoring with Scout Monitoring
Get early access to Scout Monitoring's NEW Ruby logging feature [beta] by signing up now. Start for free and enable logs to get better insights into your Rails apps.
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InfluxDB - Power Real-Time Data Analytics at Scale
Get real-time insights from all types of time series data with InfluxDB. Ingest, query, and analyze billions of data points in real-time with unbounded cardinality.
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  • girl_friday

    Have a task you want to get done but don't want to do it yourself? Give it to girl_friday!

    Rollbar is a great error-tracking service. It alerts us on exceptions and errors, provides analysis tools and dashboard, so we can see, reproduce, and fix bugs quickly when something went wrong. This service has a possibility to log not only uncaught exceptions but any messages. By default, the messages are reported synchronously, but you can enable asynchronous reporting using Sidekiq, girl_friday, or Resque. Also, you can provide your own handler and a failover handler to be confident, that your error is tracked and delivered in the case of primary handler’s fail.

  • Scout Monitoring

    Performance metrics and, now, Logs Management Monitoring with Scout Monitoring. Get early access to Scout Monitoring's NEW Ruby logging feature [beta] by signing up now. Start for free and enable logs to get better insights into your Rails apps.

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  • PostgreSQL

    Mirror of the official PostgreSQL GIT repository. Note that this is just a *mirror* - we don't work with pull requests on github. To contribute, please see https://wiki.postgresql.org/wiki/Submitting_a_Patch

    As the most similar alternative, you can use Ninefold or OpenShift. They both provide free plans and can run almost any database while Heroku uses PostgreSQL.

  • Resque

    Resque is a Redis-backed Ruby library for creating background jobs, placing them on multiple queues, and processing them later.

    Rollbar is a great error-tracking service. It alerts us on exceptions and errors, provides analysis tools and dashboard, so we can see, reproduce, and fix bugs quickly when something went wrong. This service has a possibility to log not only uncaught exceptions but any messages. By default, the messages are reported synchronously, but you can enable asynchronous reporting using Sidekiq, girl_friday, or Resque. Also, you can provide your own handler and a failover handler to be confident, that your error is tracked and delivered in the case of primary handler’s fail.

  • flanker

    Python email address and Mime parsing library

    It is unacceptable to bring a risk of accidentally sending dummy emails to real customers. To test email notifications, I recommend using Mailtrap. Mailtrap is a dummy SMTP server for testing emails sent from development and staging environments. Mailcatcher can be a replacement here. If you are looking for service, that helps to ensure your emails reach customer inboxes, you should look at Mailgun, Sendgrid, or Mandrill. All of them provide email deliverability expertise, and they have solid free plans, offering 10k emails per month.

  • Incoming

    Incoming! helps you receive email in your Rack apps.

    The Rollbar’s ancestor, Airbrake, is another good choice (if you can afford it, because it has no free plan). You can see a detailed comparison between these two here: https://rollbar.com/vs/airbrake/. The same applies to Honeybadger — one more popular modern error management service for rails. In a nutshell, they do similar things but may have different bells and whistles.

  • flow-pipeline

    A set of tools and examples to run a flow-pipeline (sFlow, NetFlow)

    There are many CDN providers available today. Among the most popular are AWS CloudFront and CloudFlare. Both are pretty cheap and provide relatively similar performance. To see setup guide, visit http://www.higherorderheroku.com/articles/cloudflare-dns-heroku/ or https://devcenter.heroku.com/articles/using-amazon-cloudfront-cdn.

  • Sidekiq

    Simple, efficient background processing for Ruby

    Rollbar is a great error-tracking service. It alerts us on exceptions and errors, provides analysis tools and dashboard, so we can see, reproduce, and fix bugs quickly when something went wrong. This service has a possibility to log not only uncaught exceptions but any messages. By default, the messages are reported synchronously, but you can enable asynchronous reporting using Sidekiq, girl_friday, or Resque. Also, you can provide your own handler and a failover handler to be confident, that your error is tracked and delivered in the case of primary handler’s fail.

  • InfluxDB

    Power Real-Time Data Analytics at Scale. Get real-time insights from all types of time series data with InfluxDB. Ingest, query, and analyze billions of data points in real-time with unbounded cardinality.

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  • terraform-provider-rollbar

    Terraform provider for Rollbar

    Rollbar is a great error-tracking service. It alerts us on exceptions and errors, provides analysis tools and dashboard, so we can see, reproduce, and fix bugs quickly when something went wrong. This service has a possibility to log not only uncaught exceptions but any messages. By default, the messages are reported synchronously, but you can enable asynchronous reporting using Sidekiq, girl_friday, or Resque. Also, you can provide your own handler and a failover handler to be confident, that your error is tracked and delivered in the case of primary handler’s fail.

  • Redis

    Redis is an in-memory database that persists on disk. The data model is key-value, but many different kind of values are supported: Strings, Lists, Sets, Sorted Sets, Hashes, Streams, HyperLogLogs, Bitmaps.

    One of the most effective ways to improve the application’s performance is caching regularly accessed data. There are two leading key-value stores: Memcached and Redis. I prefer using Memcached Cloud add-on for caching because it was originally intended for it and is easier to set up, and using Redis only for background jobs.

  • Memcached

    memcached development tree

    One of the most effective ways to improve the application’s performance is caching regularly accessed data. There are two leading key-value stores: Memcached and Redis. I prefer using Memcached Cloud add-on for caching because it was originally intended for it and is easier to set up, and using Redis only for background jobs.

  • MailCatcher

    Catches mail and serves it through a dream.

    It is unacceptable to bring a risk of accidentally sending dummy emails to real customers. To test email notifications, I recommend using Mailtrap. Mailtrap is a dummy SMTP server for testing emails sent from development and staging environments. Mailcatcher can be a replacement here. If you are looking for service, that helps to ensure your emails reach customer inboxes, you should look at Mailgun, Sendgrid, or Mandrill. All of them provide email deliverability expertise, and they have solid free plans, offering 10k emails per month.

  • Airbrake

    The official Airbrake library for Ruby applications

    The Rollbar’s ancestor, Airbrake, is another good choice (if you can afford it, because it has no free plan). You can see a detailed comparison between these two here: https://rollbar.com/vs/airbrake/. The same applies to Honeybadger — one more popular modern error management service for rails. In a nutshell, they do similar things but may have different bells and whistles.

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a more popular project.

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