I've been using CloudControl PaaS for about a year. Their MongoDB support
is nowadays actually provided by MongoLab, which is nice.
- Using source control (git/bzr) to upload/update apps was weird at first,
but it's actually quite nice, and if you use git or bazaar for version
control anyway then it's totally nice. I use Tortoise Bazaar on Windows.
- Generally Just Works (tm)
- Customer support has been exceptional
- Scales easily, and starts from free.
- Very easy to use once you learn the basic tools and concepts.
- Documentation is a bit sparse
- Their online management tools and website are... I wouldn't say very well
thought or complete.
- PaaS limits, like no filesystem access etc. which might or might not be a
I can recommend that. Of course a good VPS is always good option, but might
be pricey if you want to scale up easily.
Regarding the "any webhost + mongolab" or similar option, I think for most
apps it is beneficial to keep the app server (PHP) and mongodb close to
each other so that the communication between them does not introduce
latency to the application and keep PHP execution times low if it needs to
access MongoDB much. In VPS you can have them on same hardware, which is of
course very fast. In the case of cloudcontrol (+their mongolab system) I
think behind the scenes they all run on Amazon AWS Europe datacenters
(which I think might also mean it's a bit slower to access from the US, but
not sure if it makes much difference).
On Sunday, November 4, 2012 3:07:01 AM UTC+2, Dan Ribbens wrote:
I am just getting started with MongoDB. I have a project in mind that I
need web and MongoDB hosting for.
I'll be programming in PHP 5. I prefer apache. I'm way more experienced in
windows, but I understand linux (if VPS) is probably more likely to be the
The intent of the project is that it will hopefully go on to serve a large
audience, but starting out is starting out and I just need to get moving as
I have some deadlines to be met. I was looking at a2hosting.com as a
potential option. Anyone concur? Anyone say that is a bad idea? Should I do
a web host separate from my MongoDB (ie. any old webhost + a mongolab.comset up?)
There is a lot out there to consider. Please advise!
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