I've been developing a disaster risk management application that makes use of Java/Smart GWT, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, and Tomcat 7. I'm looking for a shared hosting environment for the beta testing period (about 6 months).

My current hosting provider does not provide PostGIS, or PostgreSQL greater than version 8.1. Any pointers or advice will be appreciated.


What about Red Hat's OpenShift? It's not quite shared hosting but it should fit your needs.

OpenShift is Red Hat's free, auto-scaling Platform as a Service (PaaS) for applications. As an application platform in the cloud, OpenShift manages the stack so you can focus on your code.

No need to bother with component installation. Just pick the Java cartridge and then after that, add the Postgresql cartridge ( that already includes the PostGIS plugin ). You can check the list of supported features here.

Oh and did I tell you that you could try it for free? They have a free tier which supports up to three gears.

A gear is a resource constrained container that runs one or more user-specified software stacks, also known as cartridges. Each gear has a limited amount of RAM and disk space. If an application needs more resources, it can use multiple gears.

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Since your components are basically Java, PostGIS and Tomcat, that should fit right in.

I hope that works for you :)

  • This sounds interesting. I'm currently trying out AcuGIS. I'll see how it goes before considering this, though. – okello Sep 23 '12 at 20:03
  • OpenShift provides PostgreSQL 8.4. You can vote for an upgrade here: openshift.redhat.com/community/content/… – Vanuan Feb 11 '13 at 13:55

I think Alwaysdata could fit your needs for testing purpose, (java, Posgtresql 9.0, Postgis). I don't know if Tomcat server is supported, but you can ask the support team. You could test with a free account(10 mb). It's very small but it's useful.

  • Thanks, @geogeek. I'll get in touch with them. Even though from the info on the site, they don't seem to support Java. But I'll request for more info from their sales. – okello Jul 24 '12 at 11:53

I had the same problem and decided to create a VM. I have set up a similar environment on serversanddomains.com. I recommend creating a VM with the VPS option (12 usd/month, 2Gb Ram VM).

My web app is a more general data exploration app with OSM maps, but for the momment I on added the data for Portugal to SQL. http://tinyurl.com/7jc833d

regards Joaquim.

  • I've been checking it out, and I've sent an enquiry. Will I be able to install all the software components I need? JDK, Tomcat, PostgreSQL, PostGIS? Do they provide SSH access? – okello Jul 23 '12 at 16:20

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