Why Use Appli?
Frequently Asked Questions
We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about Appli and answered them for you below. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, just get in touch!
What sort of things can I host?
Anything! As an example, Appli is a great service for hosting Ruby on Rails applications with ease. You just need to setup a new server and then deploy your application to it. It's also great for PHP applications or websites.
Is this a completely managed service?
Appli is a semi-managed service. We do not manage the actual servers you create, although you can use our management tools to install software and run scripts. All our database & network services are completely managed - you don't need to worry about these, just manage them through our web interface.
Is Appli like Heroku?
No - Appli provides you with a complete virtual infrastructure. This allows you to keep complete control over all aspects of environment and install software as you need. Your virtual servers are yours to do with what you want - you can install anything you need rather than being tied into any specific technology.
How easy is it to get a Ruby on Rails application up and running?
Very easy. Just create yourself a virtual server using our Rails stack template and the system will automatically
install Ruby along with all the common dependencies you'll need. Once your server is online, you can deploy
your application using a tool like Deploy or Capistrano. If your applications needs a database, just create one
through the management system and add the authentication details into your
Can I setup Windows servers?
Not at the moment, although we will be adding support for them in Q1 2012. These will allow you to host your ASP & .NET applications.