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.