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Heroku announced it has ended its Q3 2009 with more than double the number of deployed applications over the last twelve months and is experiencing more than 50% growth in sales month-over-month since the launch of the company's commercial service last April. During that same time, Heroku has experienced substantial growth in customer applications that have scaled to over half a billion page views a month, validating that enterprises and service providers are turning to Heroku's commercial service to grow their own businesses and to develop innovative solutions.

Since 2007 Heroku has set the standard for web app development with a reliable, agile platform for rapid development, testing, and production deployment of web apps, along with innovations that deliver provisionless, automated access to and management of key application platform components such as the Ruby runtime, Rack middleware, SQL databases, background processing, message queuing, in-memory caching, HTTP caching, and many more.

"Heroku has been leading the way in web app deployment and management, changing the economics for customers to get their service to the web. This latest wave of customer wins, coupled by such stunning growth validates our strategy is working," said newly appointed CEO of Heroku, Byron Sebastian. "We thank our thousands of customers, enthusiastic community supporters and users worldwide for proving that cloud computing delivers tremendous benefits to all companies, large or small, and provides a far better economic model for using compute resources using Heroku's more automated and efficient means of development, test, deployment, and operations."

Heroku invented a new, dynamic architecture for hosting web applications that operates and scales seamlessly, with provisionless deployment, automated infrastructure management, and provides for simple and integrated access to enterprise-grade application platform components such as Ruby, databases, message queuing, and caching. Using Heroku, developers, companies, and consultancies are able to get up and running in seconds relying on the platform itself to scale to meet the needs and demands of their business as it grows. Heroku frees developers and IT staff from time consuming and repetitive operational setup and maintenance decisions such as server quantity, load balancing schemes, and compute capacity, memory, and storage allocations to name a few. As conditions change, Heroku's platform responds flexibly and reliably so that developers and customers can focus on their differentiated code and unique value.

"Delivering web application services for hundreds of millions of users is a growing realization of our initial vision of a provisionless, agile development, deployment, and production platform. Heroku simplifies the develop/test/iterate/deploy/operate lifecycle for developers and companies and it's gratifying to see our platform being adopted so widely and becoming a trusted business service," said Heroku founder James Lindenbaum.

Companies are under constant pressure to develop and deploy higher and higher value applications. Agile development practices combined with advanced frameworks such as Ruby on Rails are enabling that by providing massive development gains. Now Platform as a Service (PaaS) cloud solutions like Heroku are extending these productivity gains all the way through the application lifecycle and compelling web services providers to use Heroku.


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