Excellent example of explaining the details of a PaaS offering – alas it isn’t Azure

Note: Cross posted from IUpdateable from Eric Nelson.


The Windows Azure Platform is now live. It is showcased by a terrifically exciting web site which tells you what it is and makes it incredibly simple to sign up.

Actually, it isn’t. We have http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/. It is an “ok” site I suppose. The detail is there. It has the occasional decent enough diagram, but TBH its a maze of words, pages, whitepapers, links, videos, downloads. I dislike it a lot. Sorry. I think the technology is great but the site is not.

I would encourage you to take two minutes to check out just how well it can be done. But remember – you must come back as you want to use the Windows Azure Platform!!

Meet Heroku. A PaaS offering for Ruby developers. More specifically check out the “How it Works” and “Pricing” tabs.

How it Works is presented a a series of excellent and interactive diagrams. This snip doesn’t do it justice:


And Pricing is even more amazing. It is actually fun! Yes – you heard me, it is fun!

I was tempted by a Fugu but settled on a Koi, 13 Dynos and 19 Workers. Enough said 🙂


I hope someone in marketing stumbles across this post or better still the Heroku website. Fingers crossed it is sooner rather than later.

In the meantime, why not join the UK Azure community and be amongst friends 🙂