Scalingo discontinues free plans
Of course, their free plans have been very generous… 3 applications with one container and 5 free database plans which get’s you going for a while. No forced idling, no nothing. But that apparently attracted too many users of that offer. I had likely upgraded my plan (at least for the database) in order to get some more then the 512MB for that on-site MongoDB but only if the project had matured a bit. But in the current situtation – pre-alpha development – I think it’s a bit too much of an investment. If they had restricted their free plan to one app with one container (even in S size instead of the current M size) and a database of your choice a lot of users wouldn’t be scared away. Just a thought.
Been re-evaluating heroku and OpenShift since yesterday and settled for a heroku + MongoLab combination to get my app up and running before Scalingo pulls it down when I am not opting for a paid plan till end of June 2015. The downside: heroku as well remde their plans and the free plan is going to be mutilated in terms of idling (not that bad) and a maximum awake time of 18 hours a day.
Perhaps I really need to opt for a credit card soon. I really like Scalingo for their on-site database solutions. Their smallest paid MongoDB plan gives you a 5GB database for 14.40€ a month whereas MongoLabs one is at $15 for a 1GB one.
Currently I am quite undecided to which PaaS provider I will stick.