One of the things I like about heroku is the Procfile that allows you to overwrite the play application.conf properties. But hold on, you can do the same on cloudbees!
Install the bees sdk and try running the following command:
bees config:list [accountname]/[appname]
you should see a list of all the configuration options for your application. Now, lets tweak them a little.
Let's set the runtime db info :
bees config:set -a myaccount/myapp db.default.driver=com.mysql.jdbc.Driver \
db.default.user=mydbuser \ db.default.password=mydbuserpass \ db.default.url=jdbc:mysql://mydbhost:3306/mydbname
Now you can leave your local machine settings in the application.conf file and still pick up the right db at runtime when deployed on cloudbees, isn't that great?
Another thing you might want to change is the smtp settings for your production environment... not problem
bees config:set -a myaccount/myapp smtp.mock=false
This will tell your play2 app to use the other smtp configuration (host, user/pass)
Also if you want to change some of the runtime options (like the java version) use the -R prefix
bees config:set -a myaccount/myapp -Rjava_version=1.7
Now combine that with the play2 sbt plugin for deploying your app and you have a complete suite of tools to get you going!