Rails Hosting 2009 - back to home
1. How many years have you been developing with Ruby on Rails?
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Percent
Response
Count
Less than 1 year
12.8%160
1-2 years
29.0%362
2-3 years
34.7%433
More than 3 years
23.5%293
2. How many years have you been developing with Ruby?
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Percent
Response
Count
Less than 1 year
11.4%142
1-2 years
27.6%344
2-3 years
33.3%415
More than 3 years
27.6%344
3. How many Ruby on Rails applications have you deployed?
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Percent
Response
Count
None (yet)
3.8%47
1
10.3%129
2-5
47.4%591
More than 5
38.5%480
4. How would you describe yourself?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Web Designer
18.4%222
Web Developer
94.6%1,141
System Administrator
36.3%438
Project Manager
27.1%327
PHB (point-haired boss) ;)
8.5%102
viewOther (please specify)98
5. Have you deployed any dynamic web applications with any other languages/frameworks?
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Percent
Response
Count
No
12.7%158
Yes
87.3%1,086
6. If yes, would you say that it has been easier or harder to deploy Ruby on Rails applications compared to other languages/frameworks?
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Percent
Response
Count
Easier
49.3%540
Harder
50.7%555
7. How often do you deploy updated versions of your Ruby on Rails applications?
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Percent
Response
Count
Almost daily (a lot)
13.1%162
A few times a week
29.3%363
A few times a month
37.9%470
Less than once a month
12.1%150
Very rarely
7.6%94
8. How many applications are you currently responsible for deployment management?
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Percent
Response
Count
1
19.7%245
2-5
62.6%777
6-15
13.1%162
15+
4.6%57
9. Do you use a source control management system (SCM)?
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Percent
Response
Count
No
3.1%39
Yes
96.9%1,202
10. If yes, which SCM do you use?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
CVS
0.3%4
SVN
36.1%427
Git
63.0%746
SourceSafe
0.3%3
Team System
0.1%1
Darcs
0.3%3
viewOther (please specify)104
11. Where is your source code hosted?
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Percent
Response
Count
Self-hosted repository
66.4%761
Github
32.5%372
Beanstalk
1.1%13
viewOther (please specify)138
12. Do you use an automated deployment tool?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
77.4%958
No
22.6%280
13. If yes, which deployment tool do you use?
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Percent
Response
Count
Capistrano
97.3%918
Vlad (the deployer)
2.7%25
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14. Which database do you typically use in production?
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Percent
Response
Count
MySQL
82.5%1,010
PostgreSQL
14.7%180
SQLite
1.8%22
Oracle
0.7%9
CouchDB
0.2%3
viewOther (please specify)44
15. Which database would you prefer to use in production? (some hosts don’t offer many options besides MySQL)
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Percent
Response
Count
MySQL
64.5%770
PostgreSQL
28.3%338
SQLite
2.3%27
Oracle
1.5%18
CouchDB
3.4%41
viewOther (please specify)22
16. Which operating system do you develop your applications on?
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Percent
Response
Count
Mac OSX
68.0%839
Linux/Unix-variant
25.4%314
Windows
6.6%81
viewOther (please specify)32
17. How would you rate your competence with working from the command line (BASH, SSH, etc.)?
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Percent
Response
Count
Novice
4.0%50
Competent
28.5%355
Proficient
44.1%548
Expert
23.4%291
18. How would you rate your competence with Unix-based operating systems (Linux, BSD, etc)?
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Percent
Response
Count
Novice
6.4%79
Competent
31.2%387
Proficient
40.9%507
Expert
21.6%268
19. How many people have access/credentials to deploy your application(s)?
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Percent
Response
Count
1 person (just me)
42.9%533
2-4 people
51.9%644
5+
5.2%65
20. Do you catch and track Application Exceptions in production?
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Percent
Response
Count
No
30.9%380
Yes
69.1%851
21. If yes, which tool do you use?
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Percent
Response
Count
ExceptionNotifier plugin
59.0%469
Exceptional (http://getexceptional.com/)
4.3%34
Hoptoad (http://hoptoadapp.com/)
36.7%292
viewOther (please specify)86
22. Do you use any performance monitoring tools in production?
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Percent
Response
Count
No
63.7%786
Yes
36.3%448
23. If yes, which performance monitoring tool do you use?
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Percent
Response
Count
New Relic
74.4%294
Five Runs
17.5%69
Scout
8.1%32
viewOther (please specify)65
24. Do you use any uptime monitoring tools in production?
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Percent
Response
Count
Nagios (self-hosted/managed)
20.4%218
Pingdom
11.7%125
I don't use one
67.9%726
viewOther (please specify)145
25. Which web server do you typically use in production?
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Percent
Response
Count
Apache
71.9%873
Nginx
25.4%309
Lighttpd
2.5%30
Microsoft IIS
0.2%3
viewOther (please specify)49
26. Which of the following are you using in production?
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Percent
Response
Count
Mongrel
43.1%493
FastCGI
5.2%59
Passenger (mod_rails)
51.7%592
viewOther (please specify)153
27. Do you use any of the following monitoring tools to keep your application running?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Monit
26.9%317
God
13.9%164
I don't use one
59.1%696
viewOther (please specify)44
28. How happy are you with your current deployment process?
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Percent
Response
Count
Hate it (need to change this asap)
6.5%81
Content (it works, but there is room for improvement)
65.3%812
Happy (it's working great right now)
28.2%350
29. What type of hosting do you currently have for your application?
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Percent
Response
Count
Self-hosted (you manage the hardware, servers, everything)
33.0%392
Shared hosting (Dreamhost, Site5, etc. - several customers per machine)
10.7%127
Cloud Computing (Amazon)
6.4%76
Basic VPS (Slicehost, Linode, etc.)
36.0%428
Rails VPS (Rails Boxcar, Joyent, Blue Box, etc.)
6.6%79
Managed hosting (one to many servers per application, paying a hosting company to keep our application up and running)
7.2%86
viewOther (please specify)135
30. What is your ideal hosting environment?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Give me a power cable and an Internet connection and get out of my way!
19.0%235
Basic OS install only, I'll handle the rest
41.5%512
Basic Rails stack pre-installed (including a database), I'll handle the gems
21.5%265
Just tell me what to put in my deploy.rb and let me get back to work
18.1%223
31. Are you happy with your current hosting provider/solution?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Yes
83.9%1,038
No
16.1%199
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32. If not, what is your biggest concern?
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Percent
Response
Count
Price
38.6%144
Customer Support
15.3%57
Uptime / Stability
30.3%113
Lack of knowledge with Ruby on Rails
15.8%59
viewOther (please specify)40
33. How much are you currently spending on hosting (average per application)?
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Percent
Response
Count
Free
6.2%75
< $25 month
26.3%316
$25 – 50/month
22.5%270
$50 – 100/month
14.1%169
$100 – 250/month
11.1%134
$250 – 1,000/month
11.6%139
$1,000 – 10,000/month
7.4%89
$10,000 – 50,000 month
0.7%9
More than $50,000/month
0.1%1
34. How much of your monthly budget is allocated for deployment and hosting expenses?
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Percent
Response
Count
Less than 10%
71.3%823
10-25%
19.1%220
26-50%
4.0%46
More than 50%
5.6%65
35. Who uses your application?
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Percent
Response
Count
Consumer-only (public)
30.0%371
Consumers and internals users
58.6%724
Internal users only
11.3%140
36. How many new applications will you be deploying this year?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
None
5.7%71
1
18.6%231
2-5
54.2%671
5+
21.5%266
37. How long did it take you to fill out this survey?
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Percent
Response
Count
Less than 5 minutes
75.6%934
5-10 minutes
23.4%289
More than 10 minutes
1.1%13
38. So, can Rails scale? ;)
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Yes
100.0%1,135

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