I have a few apps on production which are hosted using Digital Ocean + Compose.io + MUP.
Everything worked without much issues, and I find the D.O. 1GB plan pretty affordable.
My question comes with scaling for many concurrent users. Since I didn’t find one single clear step-by-step explanation of how to properly load balance a Meteor app (many are from 2/3 years ago, and the Cluster package seems to be not maintained anymore), I have to ask: Will Galaxy make all these scaling issues easier? How would the comparison of price-performance be, when compared to Digital Ocean?
If you think your app could not afford downtime or scaling issues, or you are actively working on that app, or something else, such that the time you will have to spend on fixing deployment/maintenance/devops issues is far too valuable than the amount of money you’ll pay galaxy, then by all means go for galaxy. It is just awesome!
But if you don’t mind spending time on deployment/maintenance/devops, I find phusion passenger very easy, powerful and robust. And when your app grows big and popular enough that you’ll need more than just a few instances autoscaling, but also rolling restarts, incremental updates, multi-machine scaling etc, then galaxy will become pretty much the defacto choice.