Check Out The Companies That Make Ruby Inside Possible
It's time for us to thank the companies who help keep Ruby Inside (and often other Ruby sites) going by sponsoring our work. Luckily, they're all pretty interesting in their own right and have some worthwhile products and services to check out (and Linode recently put their prices down!).
Interested in sponsoring Ruby Inside & 17 other Ruby sites? Click here to learn more.
Recurly — Subscription Billing In 3 Easy Steps
Recurly is a recurring billing service, ideal for webapps and other subscription based systems. Recurly's goal is to help you boost your monthly subscription revenue without getting in the way. From their Web site you can sign up for a free trial and get playing in minutes. The customer experience is fully customizable and there's a "Advanced Subscription Billing" API you can use directly from your app(s).
Linode — Xen VPS Hosting
Linode is a Xen-based VPS (virtual private server) hosting service that's now in its 8th year. Plans start at $19.95 per month for a plan with 512MB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and 200GB of transfer bandwidth. Want 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and 400GB of bandwidth? That's $39.95 per month. Linode's major advantages over the competition are reliability and performance (as shown in these performance tests by Eivind Uggedal) and I've even "downgraded" from dedicated servers to using Linode because they're almost as good but for a fraction of the cost!
A non-disclaimer: Ruby Inside is hosted with Linode but the hosting is all paid for separately and is not related to their sponsorship. I'll be sticking with them - they provide an amazing service.
New Relic — On-demand Application Management
New Relic is a Java and Ruby application performance and reliability monitoring and management service that started life as a Rails-only service (and it's still great for that!). It's truly enterprise-grade software but with the flexibility and accessibility of annual, monthly, or "on demand" pricing, catering to nearly all types of customer. With New Relic you can monitor your apps, find slow transactions, see specific SQL queries, and even run a code-level thread profile. Trivia: New Relic is an anagram of founder "Lew Cirne"'s name!
Scout — Hosted Server Monitoring
Scout is a simple yet highly flexible hosted server and application monitoring service. It's powered by plugins written in Ruby that are designed to cover all sorts of use cases (monitoring CPU, networking, IO status, MongoDB instances, etc.) and you can write your own if you have other requirements. Getting started with Scout takes just two commands (installing a gem and running the "scout" process). In most cases, it takes less than five minutes to log on to your server, install the Scout agent, and start seeing data in your control panel.
Want to join them?
If you're interested in sponsoring Ruby Inside, get in touch with our advertising guru James Avery using this form.
James has just started to offer a great package for any companies interested in being seen in the Ruby and Rails worlds. On a monthly basis (or just a 2 week run, if you prefer) you get a spot in the "Web Publishers Room" (~75k impressions a month across 15 different Ruby-related sites), Ruby Inside (180-200k impressions per month), RubyFlow (~70k), Rails Inside (~25k) as well as a mention in a post like this. So that's about 350k impressions over 18 well known Ruby and Rails sites - $1500 for a month or $750 for 2 weeks (the latter is ideal for a launch).