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I am about to roll out a webapp that I developed in Rails, and am at the hosting decision stage. I am trying to figure out how to proceed. i.e. do I go Heroku or manage my own VPS. I like having maximum control, but I have lots of learning to do.

My app will accept images uploaded by users, so Heroku would force me to store all images on S3 from the get-go. I am not TOOO keen on that, mainly because I wanted to store all the files on the local server, and then have 2 'hot copies' (for backup purposes) on S3 and CloudFiles.

So what do I need to read to get up to speed quickly with managing my own VPS for my Rails app? Including things like implementing monitoring, notifications, security, etc.

I have no extensive experience with Linux distros, but I am a BIT familiar with the command-line in OS X, and am just as familiar with Git.

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You will find a ton of information here that can be useful for you: http://articles.slicehost.com/rails

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That is cool! Makes me want to try out slicehost right away :) –  Zabba Dec 19 '10 at 19:44

You could try out linode too. They have pre-built stacks shared by other users to get you started with VPS alongwith a startup/setup script. They're awesome at support and are infact a bit cheaper than slicehost. linode.com.

As for setting up the VPS. I seriously suggest that you have a look at sprinkle or some other provisioning system to automate the setup process. It might be fun to do it the first time. But in production you need to have a way to quickly and programmatically setup new servers quickly.

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I myself have a Linode VPS and its fantastic :) I use mine for PHP development / hosting, but there are Ruby setups, and a very active community. –  Jakub Dec 20 '10 at 22:08
    
I just checked out Linode, and I found the documentation well organized, plain language, easy to learn from there, and basic plan price reasonable. I am using this to learn linux admin, without necessarily jumping into the deep end with the sharks and awful control panels. –  jmsmcfrlnd Dec 1 '13 at 20:29

Another SaaS-based VPS host provider: digitalocean.com - it looks like it's worth checking out.

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with linode or digial ocean.

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