Webbynode: A New Rails-Focused VPS Host Worth Checking Out
For a couple of months now, I've been getting regular e-mails from Carlos Taborda of new host Webbynode, asking me to check out their service, give it a try, watch their screencasts, and so on. You know, the usual promotional stuff - except, no, almost no-one usually goes to these efforts in the Ruby or Rails world. So, for his persistence, he gets a post.. and no, I'm not getting paid for this, I haven't even got a free VPS from them! :) This is just news on an interesting new contender in the Rails hosting space.
With the small talk out of the way, Webbynode, a new Rails-focused VPS (virtual private server) hosting company launched today. On the surface it looks like another Linode (a sponsor of Ruby Inside) or Slicehost with plans ranging from $15 per month for a VPS with 256MB RAM and 12GB of disk space, up to $250 per month for a VPS with 4GB RAM and 180GB storage. Dig deeper by watching the screencast tour, however, and you'll soon see it's a different beast.
Webbynode makes it ridiculously easy to deploy a Rails application. Your VPS can automatically come with a fully tested Rails stack, drag your code off of Github (yes, automatically!) and be up and running in just a few clicks. The Webbynode control panel also offers New Relic integration for professional-grade application performance monitoring.
If Carlos and his team are as on the ball with hosting as they are at promotion, building a control panel, and putting together a compelling screencast tour, you shouldn't have much to worry about. If you prefer doing all of your deployments manually, Webbynode is a bit overpriced, but if you want to set, click, and forget, Webbynode looks ideal and you still get the full root shell access available for when you want to dig deeper.