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Aaand now you're back to the "platform dependent on a single company" problem.

What if you could one-click deploy to Heroku, OpenShift or AppFog? OpenShift can even have multiple competing hosting providers or you can use the free hosting from Redhat (which includes a LOT more resources than Heroku's free plan). And of course you could still do the traditional dedicated/VPS type installation.

The problem is that I'll want one-click on something that you didn't think to support. For example, I want to put it on Windows Azure :)

I wasn't that familiar with Azure, but I had heard that they had Linux VMs now (which would be one option), but I did a little digging and it appears you can actually run RoR apps on the Windows side as well:


Start with a "LAMP compatible" app then. Most of these platforms can deploy PHP.

Yep, I agree. Wordpress installs on Azure with one click just fine.

as mentioned before they could follow the Wordpress model with one-click install for individuals that one a hosted solution.

And a download option for those who have the expertise to setup their own server.

There's not a whole lot that's proprietary about the Heroku platform.

Fair point.

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