Heroku Enterprise vs. AWS: What to choose as a business?

When it comes to cloud infrastructure, there are countless options available. From the easy-to-use and scalable Heroku Enterprise to the powerful and versatile AWS, it can be difficult to know which platform is the best fit for your business. However, more and more companies are finding that Heroku Enterprise is not the best choice for their needs and are switching to AWS. This migration not only results in cost savings but also improved infrastructure, more features, and better predictability for the future. In this article, we'll explore the reasons why companies are choosing to migrate from Heroku Enterprise to AWS and how it can benefit your business.

Romaric Philogène

Romaric Philogène

January 19, 2023 · 3 min read
Heroku Enterprise vs. AWS: What to choose as a business? - Qovery
Written byRomaric Philogène

Romaric Philogène

CEO and co-founder of Qovery. Romaric has 10+ years of experience in R&D. From the Ad-Tech to the financial industry, he has deep expertise in highly-reliable and performant systems.

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The cloud infrastructure market is constantly evolving, with new technologies and services popping up all the time. One of the most popular cloud platforms is Heroku Enterprise, which is known for its ease of use and scalability. However, more and more companies are finding that Heroku Enterprise is not the best choice for their needs, and are migrating over to AWS.

Key Takeaways:

  • Heroku Enterprise can be very expensive for companies, with pricing reaching up to $17,000 per month for just a few applications and databases.
  • Migrating from Heroku Enterprise to AWS can result in significant cost savings and improved infrastructure.
  • AWS offers more features and is more predictable and future-proof, with a growing market share and big-name companies using it.
  • AWS with Qovery can also be SOC2 and HIPAA compliant, making it a popular choice for businesses in regulated industries.

Heroku Enterprise is Extremely Expensive

One of the main reasons companies are moving away from Heroku Enterprise is the cost. Heroku Enterprise is very expensive, with pricing reaching up to $17,000 per month for just a few applications and databases. This can be a significant burden for companies, especially those that are just starting out. On the other hand, AWS offers a wide range of features for a fraction of the price. Companies moving out of Heroku for AWS can benefit from AWS credits that will cover infrastructure costs for up to 2 years. Additionally, because AWS and Qovery are partnering together, AWS also covers the migration costs for every new AWS customer provided by Qovery. This means that customers have seen their infrastructure spend drop from $200k to $0.

Uncertain Future for Heroku

Another reason companies are migrating away from Heroku Enterprise is the lack of visibility into how Heroku will evolve in the coming years. Since Heroku has been acquired by Salesforce and they decided to tear down their free offer, they seem reluctant to evolve their hosting offer. This can be a major concern for companies that rely on Heroku Enterprise for their business operations. In contrast, AWS has a lot more features than Heroku and is constantly evolving and improving. With over 40% of the cloud market share and growing faster than ever, AWS is a more predictable and future-proof choice for companies.

SOC2 and HIPAA compliance for AWS

AWS also offers more security and compliance options than Heroku Enterprise. For example, AWS with Qovery can be SOC2 and HIPAA compliant out of the box, which is why hundreds of customers like Tint, Papershift, or Pantera Capital have chosen Qovery.

"The migration from Heroku Enterprise to AWS was a critical business decision for our company. As a healthcare tech company, it was imperative that we maintain HIPAA compliance. The ability to achieve this while also making the switch in a matter of days was a testament to the power and efficiency of AWS with Qovery. The seamless transition has resulted in significant cost savings and improved infrastructure for our company. It was a smart move for our business and we couldn't be happier with the results." - Luis Bedoya - COO @ Kauneonga

This can be a major advantage for businesses in regulated industries, such as healthcare or finance, that need to comply with strict security and privacy regulations.


Heroku Enterprise may have been a popular choice for companies in the past, but more and more businesses are finding that it is not the best fit for their needs. AWS offers more features, is more predictable and future-proof, and is compliant with a wide range of security and privacy regulations. If you are considering migrating from Heroku Enterprise to AWS, contact us today to get an estimation of how much it will cost in total and how we can help you make the transition.

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