First off, DEV apps are not a “bad quality” version of the FlashDrive instances.
Instead, DEV apps run on the same clusters and datacenters as other apps but with limited resources allocated.
Features of DEV apps
DEV apps only have:
- 0.5 CPU Core
- 512 MB RAM
- 5GB maximum build size
- 10GB maximum disk space, $0.016/day for each additional GB
- However, like all other FlashDrive apps, Dev Apps also get:
- Free and unlimited traffic.
- Unlimited build time.
- Free monitoring with email/text messages alerts.
- Always-ON apps (That’s right, Dev Apps can run 24/7 like all others).
Scaling features are not available with Dev Apps.
Benefits of DEV apps
DEV apps are perfect for:
- Testing code and getting started with FlashDrive or Docker.
- Hosting websites in development mode.
- Discovering new language and datastores – you can launch a GO instance, browse some Youtube tutorials about Golang, and have fun!
- DEV Instances should never be used in production environments as ressources are not guaranteed and service is not monitored like production apps.
- DEV apps can’t scale : you can’t add additional nodes or upgrade the size of a DEV app later.
DEV apps are capable, entry-budget instances, with the right features to test a build before going into full production.
DEV apps are not able to use more than the quota of resources assigned to it: if the limit of CPU or RAM is reached (even slightly), the app will crash and automatically restart. This can have a negative impact to the app’s reliability and DEV should never be used for production services.
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