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RepairPal Pairs Up with Engine Yard to Launch Ruby on Rails Application

Reports excellent uptime, scalability, and customer service with Engine Yard

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2008) – After more than four months in production, RepairPal, a fast-growing online resource for unbiased auto repair estimates, reports excellent uptime, scalability, and responsiveness from their Ruby on Rails-based application—thanks to Engine Yard's deployment platform and hosting service.

In October 2007, RepairPal engaged with Engine Yard, the leader in cloud deployment and open-source tools for Ruby and Rails applications, to help provide development guidance and staging for the company's June 2008 launch.

"In this industry, the vendors are saying that they'll be your outsourced hosting provider and systems administration team. That's a very tall order and difficult to provide," said David Esser, co-founder and CTO of RepairPal. "Engine Yard delivered on this. They really are our outsourced systems administration team and hosting provider. It's great for me to be able to offload that to them, and they do a much better job at it than we ever could."

Their site,, offers car service price estimates, user ratings and reviews for repair shops, reliability ratings and reviews for specific vehicle makes and models, free repair Q&A forums, and an online system for managing and tracking all service on a vehicle. Since launch, RepairPal has had a number of big publicity hits that resulted in days of very high traffic spikes, but the company has yet to see server CPU go beyond 3 to 5 percent.

"RepairPal took a big leap of faith by building their business on Rails, and Engine Yard is pleased to help them move this application from concept to production," said Lance Walley, CEO of Engine Yard. "They've proven that Rails is more than ready for primetime and already powering a new generation of web applications."

For other companies considering Rails, Esser recommends that they consider partnering with an expert provider like Engine Yard: "It's a much more cost-effective solution. And because Rails can have some scalability challenges, it makes sense to host the solution with people who are really in the know as far how to make it scale."

For more details about RepairPal's experience with Rails and working with Engine Yard, visit Getting Started with Engine Yard

Organizations ready to roll their Ruby or Rails applications into production can contact Engine Yard at or by calling 1-866-518-9273.

About RepairPal

RepairPal is a free, easy-to-use online auto resource that provides the most accurate and complete information on auto repair and maintenance available to consumers. RepairPal's service helps consumers save money on their cars by providing fair service price estimates, a comprehensive auto shop directory with user reviews, and expert insights from ASE-certified mechanics. RepairPal's unique, patent-pending system relies on multiple sources of proprietary data to provide accurate repair price estimates for most major and minor repairs on 98% of passenger vehicles in the U.S. RepairPal was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Emeryville, CA. For more information, please visit

About Engine Yard

Engine Yard provides the platform and expert support for deploying Ruby and Rails applications to the cloud, giving customers the peace of mind and stability needed for building sites and applications on demand. Engine Yard has a track record of hiring expert talent and fostering open-source innovation, including stewardship of the Rubinius (" : and Merb ( projects. Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., Engine Yard was founded in 2006 and is backed by Benchmark Capital, New Enterprise Associates, and Visit

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