We Built Fly Postgres

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  • mvsqlite

    Distributed, MVCC SQLite that runs on FoundationDB.

    This was on HN a few months back: https://github.com/losfair/mvsqlite

    While not Spanner, it is essentially an open source db like AlloyDB or Aurora, pushing replication and scale out to the storage layer (in this case via FoundationDB). The most interesting bit of mvsqlite is it's multi-writer capabilities, using FoundationDB to perform page-level locks.

    I'm neither the creator nor using it in production, but I'd love to see more DBs using FoundationDB as storage. It's a pretty cool solution.

  • webstack

    A project to prototype web stacks.

    FWIW, managed providers can fully plug into fly just fine. Here's actually a profile of performance times [1] of Fly with various providers and configurations, along with a repo [2] to reproduce/create the same setup yourself.

    1. https://webstack.dancroak.com/

    2. https://github.com/croaky/webstack

    *Disclaimer I work at one of those fully managed database providers.

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  • neon

    Neon: Serverless Postgres. We separated storage and compute to offer autoscaling, branching, and bottomless storage. (by neondatabase)

    Fly.io's pricing seems fair. It's not amazingly cheap, but there aren't a lot of PaaS offerings out there and most are very expensive and have complicated pricing compared to Fly.io - even Digital Ocean's AppPlatform is more expensive.

    I am curious about the freemium model for PaaS systems. I've always wondered what percent of compute ends up being free and if the paid prices have to be higher to subsidize the free tier. Would it be better for the paying customers if the service was 30% cheaper and there was no free tier? Of course, I might be incredibly far off on how much the free tier customers cost.

    I think for people that think Fly.io is expensive, it just feels like what Fly.io does should be table stakes rather than a premium service in 2022 - and yet it's so hard to find! Heroku is 15 years old and Fly.io feels like the first platform I've used since that just gets it.

    I would say that a collaboration between you and Neon (https://neon.tech/) would be pretty cool. While your site does link to Neon as a recommendation, Neon's datacenters often aren't that proximal to Fly.io's - Ohio isn't that close to Chicago, Virginia, or New Jersey. Maybe that'll get better in the future.

    I'd always love it if Fly.io were cheaper, but more than that I'm glad that Fly.io seems to really get what customers need.

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