Qovery vs. Heroku

We’ve built Qovery to help developers and businesses to focus on the product they are building instead of managing their Cloud infrastructure. Our customers often tell us Qovery is the Platform-as-a-Service solution they would have made for their company. This page explains why so many former Heroku customers consider Qovery to be the best Heroku alternative.

Qovery brings the Heroku experience on your AWS account. Available in minutes instead of months!

In a nutshell

Here are the key differences between Qovery and Heroku.

DifferencesQoveryHeroku
HostingUse your AWS accountYou have to use Heroku hosting
Built for...Startups, scale-ups and enterprisesIndividual developer and small team
GitOps supportYesPartially
Microservices supportYesNo
Infrastructure and DevOps controlYesNo
Database as first class citizenYesNo
SupportLive, Community, and DedicatedCommunity and Dedicated ($$$)
CostQovery keeps AWS cost at the lowestVery expensive
Vendor lock-inNoYes
Simple reversibilityYesNo

When to choose Heroku

  • You are looking for a hosting platform
  • You don't need to host microservices.
  • Your team is lower than 5 developers.

When to choose Qovery

  • You want to host your apps on your AWS account.
  • You plan to scale your team over 5 developers.
  • You need to host microservices and complex apps.

Qovery vs. Heroku: a detailed comparison

Qovery runs on your AWS account

Qovery runs on your AWS account, and this is the biggest difference with Heroku. The goal of Qovery is to simplify the access to the Cloud for any developer and company. Plug your AWS account into Qovery, and then you are ready to deploy your apps in just a few seconds! Qovery is installable on your AWS account in 20 minutes.

This is the opposite on Heroku. You can't use your Cloud provider account to host your apps and data. You must use the hosting provided by Heroku.

Predictable cost

Please don't take our word for it; see some cost comparisons below

Cost for...QoveryHeroku
10 apps with 1GB of RAM$150 / month + managed Kubernetes by AWS$500 / month
PostgreSQL for development$15 / monthfrom 0$ to +$1000 month
PostgreSQL for production$15 / month + managed PostgreSQL by AWSfrom 0$ to +$1000 month
Redis for development$15 / monthfrom 0$ to +$1000 month
Redis for production$15 / month + managed Redis by AWSfrom 0$ to +$1000 month
Additional user$0$10 / user / month

Cloud cost optimization

Where Heroku makes you consume more and more resources to spend more, Qovery does the opposite. We earn money because you use and love Qovery. And to fulfill our mission, we help you to reduce your Cloud cost by doing simple operations like:

  • Automatically turning off unused resources.
  • Autoscale up and down your apps according to real usage.
  • Reduce the number of dependencies - which leads to lower costs and problems.

Qovery lets you use your AWS credits

The advantage of using AWS as a startup or scale-up is to have access to free credits. As Qovery runs on your AWS account, you are free to use your credits. We also want to support you and give you free access to Qovery (contact us), then you can start as soon as possible to focus on your business without having to pay a penny.

Heroku has a startup program, but it is not as generous as the one of AWS.

Better performance and reliability

As Qovery runs on your AWS account, You have to compare AWS to Heroku. Googling Heroku vs. AWS performance and reliability will find that benchmarks show that AWS provides better performance and reliability than Heroku at a lower cost.

Infrastructure and DevOps control

  • Heroku's infrastructure is hidden for good and bad reasons. The problem is that you have no control over it. Qovery relies on the managed services provided by the Cloud provider. You have full control of the type of resources you want to allocate and put your hands on if required. Qovery is transparent, where Heroku is a black box.

  • Heroku focuses on the developer needs only, Qovery focuses on the developer needs and provides full control to a DevOps team via a plugin system. To go further than that, Qovery generates Terraform and Helm files (familiar to DevOps) to deploy the infrastructure and the developers' apps. If the DevOps is not satisfied by the default configuration of Qovery, they can change it.

Qovery is built for privacy

Qovery does not host your apps and your data. Your data are stored on your AWS account. Even your app logs are stored on your AWS account and encrypted. Privacy is the present and the future; that's why Qovery is privacy proof by design.

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Qovery covers all regions

Low latency on your app means a better experience for your users. Being physically close to them is critical. That's why Qovery is available all around the world. Thanks to AWS and its global coverage.

RegionQoveryHeroku
North AmericaYesYes
South AmericaYesNo
EuropeYesYes
AfricaYesNo
East AsiaYesNo
West AsiaYesYes
AustraliaYesYes

Customer focus

Qovery offers all its customers community and email support staffed by the same world-class engineers who build the platform. Qovery’s product roadmap is public. You can submit feature requests and get notified as soon as we start working on them. This keeps us accountable and helps us understand your needs better. Heroku does the opposite. They don't involve their users and take actions for their own purpose.

No vendor lock-in

  1. Our deployment engine is open-source.
  2. Reversibility: Your apps run on your AWS account. If you are not satisfied with our product, we give you access to all generated configuration files (Terraform, Helm, and others) and keep running your infrastructure.

Where Heroku is a black box. They do everything they can to lock you and keep you forever.


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