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Major platform-as-a-service provider Heroku has expanded its offerings with the new Heroku Postgres standalone service for developers who work with SQL databases, the company announced today.

Heroku has offered developers already using its service tools with PostgreSQL for several years, but now any development team wanting to use Heroku’s database service can use it regardless of where their applications are hosted.

The company claims the service is battle tested because it has “successfully and safely written 19 billion customer transactions, and another 400 million write-transactions are processed every day” it said in a blog post announcing the service.

PostgreSQL is open-source database software, but the Postgres standalone service is Heroku’s customized approach to delivering it without locking customers in. The company explains:


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We believe deeply in the value of open-source software, and believe it is even more critical in the context of a database service. We are committed to running off-the-shelf, community PostgreSQL – unforked and unmodified. Rest assured that any standard libpq client will run flawlessly on our service. Should you ever decide that you want to go back to being your own DBA, you can; there is no technical lock-in.


Heroku Postgres offers six pricing plans. The cheapest is $200 a month with a 1.7GB cache while the most-expensive option runs $6,400 a month for a 68GB cache.

Take a look below at Heroku’s video to see database provisioning on Heroku Postgres:

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