Tech Talk: Build Your Own Heroku

By: Paul


  • tech-talk
  • hosting
  • paas
  • heroku
  • docker
  • griddle

Once a month we gather together one lunchtime as a team to listen to a couple of people showcasing what they've been working on, things that interest them, or anything else "tech" related. Many of these talks are suitable for public consumption, so for the first of what we hope to become a regular slot, here's Paul Bowsher talking about "Building Your Own Heroku (on a 7 year old operating system)".

The globaldev team is gradually becoming more polyglot, and is constantly churning out more supporting applications to help run our platform. Deploying all these apps the “old fashioned way” provides a big headache for our Operations team. Luckily, the industry is moving more and more towards containerised PaaS-style deployment such as that used by Heroku.

In this talk I discuss how companies that aren’t on the absolute bleeding edge of the Linux kernel can still leverage these patterns on their private infrastructure, even when fantastic projects like Docker won’t run on their hardware. I also provide a preview of the technology that will be backing Griddle when it is released. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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