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Heroku, Inc.
Type Subsidiary
Industry Cloud platform as a service
Founded 2007 (2007)
Founders James Lindenbaum, Adam Wiggins, Orion Henry
Headquarters San Francisco, California
Key people Tod Nielsen, CEO
Website .comheroku

Heroku is a cloud platform as a service (PaaS) supporting several programming languages. Heroku was acquired by in 2010.[1] Heroku, one of the first cloud platforms, has been in development since June 2007, when it supported only the Ruby programming language, but has since added support for Java, Node.js, Scala, Clojure, Python and PHP and (undocumented) Perl. The base operating system is Debian or, in the newest stack, the Debian-based Ubuntu.[2]


James Lindenbaum, Adam Wiggins, and Orion Henry founded Heroku supporting Rack-compatible projects.[3] In October 2009 Byron Sebastian joined Heroku as CEO.[4] On December 8, 2010 acquired Heroku as a wholly owned subsidiary of On July 12, 2011 Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto, the chief designer of the Ruby programming language, joined the company as Chief Architect, Ruby.[5] That month, Heroku included support for Node.js and Clojure. On September 15, 2011 Heroku and Facebook introduced Heroku for Facebook.[6] Heroku now supports Cloudant, Couchbase Server, MongoDB and Redis,[7] besides the standard PostgreSQL,[8] both as part of the platform and as a standalone service.[9] Applications that are run from the Heroku server use the Heroku DNS Server to direct to the application domain (typically ""). Each of the application containers or dynos are spread across a "dyno grid" which consists of several servers. Heroku's Git server handles application repository pushes from permitted users.[10]

The June 2012 North American derecho caused many applications hosted by Heroku to go offline. The service outage lasted less than 24 hours.[11]



  1. ^ Salesforce signs definitive agreement to acquire Heroku (news release), Heroku 
  2. ^ "Stacks". Heroku Dev Center. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ Ruby on Rails Startup Heroku Gets $3 Million, Tech Crunch, 2008-05-08 
  4. ^ SourceLabs' Byron Sebastian Joins Heroku as CEO, Venture Beat, 2009-10-14 
  5. ^ Matz joins Heroku (weblog), Heroku, 2011-07-12 
  6. ^ "Facebook and Heroku: an even easier way to get started", Developers (weblog), Facebook 
  7. ^ NoSQL, Heroku, and You (weblog), Heroku, 2010-07-20 
  8. ^ "Database", Dev Centre, Heroku, retrieved 2012-05-03, Heroku offers you the choice of running on a shared or dedicated database package. The shared plan is suitable for development and staging applications. It runs Postgres 8.3. The dedicated plans are suitable for production scale applications. In addition, the dedicated databases offer a number of advantages, including direct access (via psql or any native postgres library), stored procedures, and Postgres 9 support. 
  9. ^ SQL Database-as-a-Service: the largest and most reliable Postgres service in the world, Heroku, retrieved 2012-05-03, A powerful, reliable, and durable open-source SQL-compliant database, PostgreSQL is the datastore of choice for serious applications. Now it is available in seconds with a single click. Never worry about servers. Never worry about config files. Never worry about patches. Simply focus on your data. 
  10. ^ Scalability: How does Heroku work?
  11. ^ Ludwig, Sear (June 29, 2012). "Amazon cloud outage takes down Netflix, Instagram, Pinterest, & more". VentureBeat. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 

External links

  • Heroku (official site) .
  • Deploying Azure Hosted Services Should Be as Easy as Deploying a Heroku Application, Sys-con .
  • Deploy Wordpress Application on IBM BlueMix, IBM DeveloperWorks .
  • Heroku’s Ruby Cloud Platform at Building 43, 2010-04-20 .
  • "Venture Wire FASTech Conference Spotlights Most Promising Start-Ups", Wall Street Journal (weblog), 2010-10-12 .
  • Can Heroku Become the Official Cloud of Facebook Apps?, GigaOm .
  • Adam Wiggins on Heroku’s Pivot, Building a "Washing Machine" for Web Developers, and Joining, xconomy, 2011-05-24 .
  • "Facebook Builds Bridge To Heroku Cloud", InformationWeek .
  • "Ruby creator sets sights on mobile", Infoworld (interview) .
  • Heroku on IT Central Station .
  • Top 10 Heroku FAQs (by Sylpheo), 2014-12-12 .
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