Production deployment experience sharing

Hi,

Those of you using Play! 1.x in production, could you share your experience so everyone benefits?

Hosting
On-premises/self-hosted? VPS? Dedicated server? Cloud?

Server
Play! built-in server? Server via modules (e.g. Netty)? Application server (e.g. WildFly) with war file?

Start/stop
play run/ctrl-c? play start/stop? Application server own start/stop mechanism? System service (e.g. systemd)?

Front-end/reverse proxy server
Apache, Lighttpd, Nginx?

Web application firewall (WAF)
ModSecurity, Naxsi?

Other
Other aspects you may find relevant, whether issues e.g. crashes you faced, lessons you learned, security tips or any other suggestions you’d like to share.

Thanks in advance.