Heroku Announces End Of Free Services
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Thursday, 01 September 2022

Heroku, the Platform-as-a-Service company, has announced that from December it will no longer offer free product plans.

Heroku, which was acquired by Salesforce.com in December 2010, is a platform as a service (PaaS) that enables developers to build, run, and operate applications entirely in the cloud. It has Ruby as its primary language, although it also supports other languages including Clojure and Node.js. 


The announcement, made on the company blog by Bob Wise, Heroku General Manager and Salesforce EVP, said that: 

"The priority going forward is to support customers of all sizes who are betting projects, careers, and businesses on Heroku."

Starting November 28, 2022, Heroku will stop offering free product plans and plan to start shutting down free dynos and data services. Affected users will be informed by "a series of email communications".

This affects the current free plans for Heroku Dynos, Heroku Postgres, and Heroku Data for Redis. The company also plans to begin deleting inactive accounts and their associated storage; specifically this affects accounts that have been inactive for over a year.

Wise said Heroku will continue to provide low-cost solutions for compute and data resources, with Heroku Dynos starting at $7/month, Heroku Postgres starting at $9/month, and Heroku Data for Redis starting at $15/month:

"These include all the features of the free plans with additional certificate management and the assurance your dynos do not sleep to help ensure your apps are responsive."

In what could be seen as an acknowledgement that this leaves student users of Heroku disadvantaged, Wise said that Heroku will be announcing a student program at Dreamforce, Salesforce's annual conference that takes place in September. The details of what might be on offer are as yet not available, but Wise said:

"We appreciate Heroku’s legacy as a learning platform. Many students have their first experience with deploying an application into the wild on Heroku. Salesforce is committed to providing students with the resources and experiences they need to realize their potential."


More Information

Heroku Website

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