People have been using Ruby on Rails for more than 10 years. When it was introduced first, deploying a Rails app to production was a big challenge (from configuring the server to making everything work together). Although there is quite a lot of improvement since then, things are not that simple even after a decade as it should have been. Here we’ll see why it’s so and how these challenges can be overcome.
Cloud Servers are Different from Dedicated Servers
While deploying to a public cloud or a data center using a standard approach, servers are supposed to be the product’s lifeblood and are designed to go on for years. Many people had this approach while deploying Rails apps a decade ago. Today more dynamic infrastructure is being used that is made of flexible resources and can grow and contract as per demand. But the tools haven’t changed. They are optimized for a static infrastructure and need to know hostnames or IPs of target servers and also the role/s they will play in your infrastructure. They are not meant for supporting a changing infrastructure. Although plugins can address this problem, they can be tough to configure and usually need a lot of customization to suit your deployment strategy.
It Takes a Lot of Time for Configuration and Management of Server
If you go through any Ruby on Rails cloud deployment instructions, you will normally come across too many steps involved in preparing a server to run Rails in production, e.g. providing and updating a server instance with the most recent versions of all packages, installing the required software like a front-end server, database drivers, etc, configuring your software, database, front-end server etc and verifying if everything has been wired up properly, and many others.
Most developers are least experienced in management of a Linux server in production. Those who are expert in the management of producing infrastructure mostly don’t want to spend time putting it together. Valuable time is lost in all this work.
If you plan to develop and manage your own Linux server for Rails deployments, make sure that you allot sufficient time for configuration, instrumentation, optimization and automation of your server infrastructure. Also be ready to maintain it in the long run by supervising rising exploits and upgrading critical package dependencies and installing OS patches, as the exploits are found.
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