Rails Hosting 2012
1. Did you take the previous Rails hosting survey back in 2009?
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Yes
23.2%301
No
76.8%997
2. How many years have you been developing with Ruby on Rails?
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Percent
Response
Count
Less than 1 year
11.0%144
1-2 years
16.5%215
2-3 years
17.4%227
3-5 years
29.8%388
More than 5 years
25.3%330
3. How many Ruby on Rails applications have you deployed?
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Percent
Response
Count
None (yet)
1.6%21
1
5.7%74
2-5
41.1%534
6-15
33.1%429
15+
18.5%240
4. How many Ruby (non-Rails, e.g., Sinatra) application have you deployed?
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Percent
Response
Count
None (yet)
37.0%480
1
13.9%180
2-5
35.6%462
6-15
8.2%106
15+
5.5%71
5. What versions of Ruby are you using in your applications?
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Ruby 1.8.6
5.8%75
Ruby 1.8.7 (REE or MRI)
52.9%690
Ruby 1.9.2
47.9%625
Ruby 1.9.3
78.4%1,022
Rubinius
1.4%18
JRuby
9.8%128
6. Are you using a Ruby version manager in production?
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Percent
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Yes
63.0%818
No
37.0%481
7. If yes, what are you using? (choose all that apply)
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Percent
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RVM
86.7%729
rbenv
23.8%200
Other (please specify)
 
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8. What versions of Rails are you using in your applications?
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Percent
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Rails 1.x
3.1%40
Rails 2.1.x
4.3%56
Rails 2.3.x
45.4%592
Rails 3.0
37.4%488
Rails 3.1
42.0%548
Rails 3.2
85.8%1,119
9. How would you describe yourself?
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Percent
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Count
Web Designer
13.6%174
Web Developer
93.6%1,197
System Administrator
22.8%291
DevOps
23.8%304
Project Manager
21.1%270
Client
0.5%7
PHB (pointy-haired boss) ;)
7.5%96
Other (please specify)
 
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10. Have you deployed any dynamic web applications with any other languages/frameworks?
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No
37.7%489
Yes
62.3%808
11. If yes, what are they? (Example: Django, Node.js, etc.)
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12. 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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Easier
67.2%577
Harder
32.8%281
13. How often do you deploy updated versions of your Ruby on Rails applications?
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Count
Almost daily (a lot)
26.3%341
A few times a week
33.2%431
A few times a month
28.6%372
Less than once a month
8.5%110
Very rarely
3.5%45
14. How many applications are you currently responsible for deployment management?
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Percent
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Count
1
15.2%196
2-5
60.9%787
6-15
17.9%231
15+
6.1%79
15. Do you use a source control management system (SCM)?
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Yes
98.8%1,286
No
1.2%15
16. If yes, which SCM do you use?
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Percent
Response
Count
CVS 0.0%0
SVN
3.7%48
Git
94.7%1,221
Mercurial
1.5%19
SourceSafe 0.0%0
Team System
0.1%1
Darcs 0.0%0
Other (please specify)
 
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17. Where is your source code hosted?
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Self-hosted repository
31.1%388
Github
61.9%773
BitBucket
6.5%81
Beanstalk
0.6%7
Other (please specify)
 
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18. Do you use an automated deployment tool?
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Percent
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Yes
85.3%1,105
No
14.7%190
19. If yes, which deployment tool do you use?
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Percent
Response
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Capistrano
73.8%779
Vlad (the deployer)
1.9%20
Continuous Deployment
2.3%24
Git
22.0%232
Other (please specify)
 
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20. Which database do you typically use in production?
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MySQL
53.6%669
PostgreSQL
42.7%532
SQLite
0.7%9
Oracle
1.0%13
CouchDB
0.2%3
MSSQL
1.3%16
None
0.4%5
Other (please specify)
 
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21. Which database would you prefer to use in production? (some hosts don’t offer many options besides MySQL)
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MySQL
31.2%375
PostgreSQL
63.5%764
SQLite
1.1%13
Oracle
0.5%6
CouchDB
1.2%15
MSSQL
0.4%5
Other
2.1%25
Other (please specify)
 
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22. Are you using a NoSQL database?
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Yes
45.4%589
No
54.6%708
23. If yes, which one(s)?
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24. Which operating system do you develop your applications on?
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Mac OS X
72.9%942
Linux/Unix-variant
25.1%324
Windows
2.1%27
Other (please specify)
 
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25. How would you rate your competence with working from the command line (BASH, SSH, etc.)?
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Percent
Response
Count
Novice
4.2%55
Competent
30.8%400
Proficient
46.0%597
Expert
19.0%246
26. How would you rate your competence with Unix-based operating systems (Linux, BSD, etc)?
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Novice
5.6%73
Competent
34.4%446
Proficient
42.6%553
Expert
17.3%225
27. How many people have access/credentials to deploy your application(s)?
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Percent
Response
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1 person (just me)
31.4%408
2-4 people
56.8%737
5+
11.8%153
28. Do you catch and track Application Exceptions in production?
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Percent
Response
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No
28.9%373
Yes
71.1%917
29. If yes, which tool do you use?
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Percent
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Count
ExceptionNotifier plugin
36.0%306
Exceptional (http://getexceptional.com/)
7.5%64
Airbrake (http://airbrake.io/ ...formerly Hoptoad)
56.4%479
Other (please specify)
 
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30. Do you use any performance monitoring tools in production?
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No
40.7%527
Yes
59.3%767
31. If yes, which performance monitoring tool do you use?
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New Relic
97.0%714
Scout
3.0%22
Other (please specify)
 
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32. Do you use any uptime monitoring tools in production?
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Nagios (self-hosted/managed)
21.0%233
Pingdom
25.6%285
I don't use one
53.4%594
Other (please specify)
 
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33. Which web server do you typically use in production?
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Apache
36.1%444
Nginx
63.6%783
Lighttpd
0.2%3
Microsoft IIS
0.1%1
Other (please specify)
 
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34. Which of the following are you using in production?
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Mongrel
3.3%37
FastCGI
1.1%12
Passenger (mod_rails)
59.3%672
Unicorn
35.7%405
Rainbows!
0.7%8
Other (please specify)
 
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35. Do you use any of the following monitoring tools to keep your application running?
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Monit
23.9%283
God
12.8%152
I don't use one
63.3%750
Other (please specify)
 
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36. Do you use a Continuous Integration Server?
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Response
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Yes
36.0%463
No
64.0%823
37. If yes, which one?
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Percent
Response
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Jenkins
77.6%315
CI Joe
3.2%13
Travis CI
31.3%127
BigTuna
3.4%14
Integrity
3.0%12
Other (please specify)
 
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38. How happy are you with your current deployment process?
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Hate it (need to change this asap)
4.0%51
Content (it works, but there is room for improvement)
65.9%851
Happy (it's working great right now)
30.1%389
39. What type of hosting do you currently have for your application?
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Self-hosted (you manage the hardware, servers, everything)
24.1%306
Shared hosting (Dreamhost, Site5, etc. - several customers per machine)
2.8%35
Cloud Computing (Amazon, Heroku, EngineYard Cloud, etc)
43.7%556
Basic VPS (Slicehost, Linode, etc.)
23.5%299
Rails VPS (Joyent, BlueBox, etc.)
2.3%29
Managed hosting (one to many servers per application, paying a hosting company to keep our application up and running)
3.7%47
Other (please specify)
 
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40. What is your ideal hosting environment?
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Percent
Response
Count
Give me a power cable and an Internet connection and get out of my way!
12.4%159
Basic OS install only, I'll handle the rest
38.2%491
Basic Rails stack pre-installed (including a database), I'll handle the gems
11.0%141
Just tell me what to put in my deploy.rb and let me get back to work
9.6%123
Everything in the cloud!
29.0%373
41. Are you happy with your current hosting provider/solution?
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Percent
Response
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Yes
83.9%1,076
No
16.1%207
care to comment?
 
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42. If not, what is your biggest concern?
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Price
44.4%167
Customer Support
10.9%41
Uptime / Stability
31.9%120
Lack of knowledge with Ruby on Rails
12.8%48
Other (please specify)
 
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43. How much are you currently spending on hosting (average per application)?
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Percent
Response
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Free
10.8%133
< $25 month
22.3%275
$25 – 50/month
17.8%220
$50 – 100/month
12.8%158
$100 – 250/month
11.0%136
$250 – 1,000/month
13.8%171
$1,000 – 10,000/month
9.1%112
$10,000 – 50,000 month
1.9%23
More than $50,000/month
0.6%7
44. How much of your monthly budget is allocated for deployment and hosting expenses?
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Percent
Response
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Less than 10%
70.5%830
10-25%
21.1%248
26-50%
5.0%59
More than 50%
3.4%40
45. Who uses your application?
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Consumer-only (public)
25.7%331
Consumers and internals users
64.7%833
Internal users only
9.6%123
46. How many new applications will you be deploying this year?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
None
6.2%80
1
20.0%257
2-5
57.4%737
5+
16.4%210
47. How long did it take you to fill out this survey?
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Percent
Response
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Less than 5 minutes
60.4%781
5-10 minutes
38.3%495
More than 10 minutes
1.4%18
48. Would you like to be notified by email when we post the results of this survey? (this is optional) If so, please provide your email address and we'll email you at that time. Your email address will not be shared or published, and will only be used for the purpose of notifying you of the available results.
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49. Do you feel like we left out any questions?
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