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Heroku, Inc.
Industry Cloud platform as a service
Founded 2007 (2007)
Founder James Lindenbaum, Adam Wiggins, Orion Henry
Headquarters San Francisco, California
Key people
Tod Nielsen, CEO
Parent Salesforce.com
Website heroku.com

Heroku is a cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) supporting several programming languages. Heroku was acquired by Salesforce.com in 2010.[1] Heroku, one of the first cloud platforms[citation needed], 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, PHP and Go. 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, Salesforce.com acquired Heroku as a wholly owned subsidiary of Salesforce.com. On July 12, 2011, Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto, the chief designer of the Ruby programming language, joined the company as Chief Architect, Ruby.[5] That same month, Heroku added 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 databases[7] in addition to its standard PostgreSQL,[8] both as part of its platforms and as standalone services.[9] Applications that are run from the Heroku server use the Heroku DNS Server to direct to the application domain (typically "applicationname.herokuapp.com"). 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][11]

The June 2012 North American derecho caused many applications hosted by Heroku to go offline. The service outage lasted less than 24 hours.[12]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ Deploying application Node.js on Heroku
  12. ^ Ludwig, Sear (June 29, 2012). "Amazon cloud outage takes down Netflix, Instagram, Pinterest, & more". VentureBeat. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 

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