Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Spin up your Online Store in Minutes with Bitnami Prestashop and AWS Lightsail

Regardless of whether you are using a cloud provider for the first time or are an experienced user, Amazon Lightsail is a proven choice for running your websites and applications. 

If you are planning to initiate your own e-commerce website, chances are that you will select Prestashop as the solution for launching your online store. We are delighted to announce that Amazon Lightsail just expanded its catalog and included the Prestashop Certified by Bitnami image. 

Follow this guide to get Prestashop set up and running on Amazon Lightsail with just a few clicks.

Now you can get your business running on the cloud within minutes! 

Bitnami Prestashop and Amazon Lightsail: The easiest and most reliable way to build your e-commerce store

Prestashop is unquestionably one of the most popular open-source e-commerce solutions among both developers and merchants. It provides more than 2000 themes and 3500 free and paid modules for you to customise your site. Bitnami has pre-packaged a blueprint image for Amazon Lightsail that bundles the most up to date and secure version of Prestashop and its components. 

It takes just a few clicks to have your site go live online. First, you need to log in to your Amazon Lightsail account and click “Create instance”. Then choose Linux/Unix as a platform and pick Prestashop from the list of available blueprints. Name your instance and click “Create Instance”. 

This will spin up a server with the Bitnami Prestashop image running on it. Getting the application password and the IP address of your Prestashop website is super easy thanks to the intuitive user interface, and you’re done!

To get the best out of Prestashop on your Amazon Lightsail server, check out this get started guide and the documentation for managing your Bitnami Prestashop image on Amazon Lightsail. 

Monday, April 12, 2021

Amplifying our Focus on Cloud-Native Applications

Bitnami’s mission is to make popular software available for everyone, everywhere. Bitnami simplifies the management of multi-cloud, cross-platform environments by providing functionally equivalent, platform-optimized application and infrastructure stacks for all software offerings. Since the VMware acquisition, we have had an opportunity to both double-down on the breadth and depth of our current offerings and bring Bitnami to even more clouds.

Last year we released Tanzu Application Catalog, a customizable selection of open source software from the Bitnami Application Catalog that most of you already know and love. 

The Tanzu Application Catalog is continuously maintained and verifiably tested for use in production environments. It gives developers the productivity and agility of pre-packaged apps and components, while enabling operators to meet the stringent security and transparency requirements of enterprise IT. 

The Bitnami Open Source catalog for Containers and Helm Charts is being adopted by a large number of users and we continue to provide an excellent service to bring secure, well-configured and up-to-date container images.

Continuing to focus on increased investment to help the community adopt Cloud Native solutions, the Bitnami team plans on discontinuing the support for the majority of Native Installers for Linux by June 30th, 2021. We will continue releasing some of the most popular ones like WordPress, LAMP, or LAPP.

This change will only affect Linux native installers. Bitnami will continue building and maintaining up-to-date Cloud Images, Virtual Machines, Containers, and Helm Charts. If you are a user of the Linux native installers, we would recommend that you explore and adopt other supported deployment options like:

  • Cloud Images in your preferred cloud platform: VMware Marketplace, AWS, Azure, Google, or IBM.
  • Virtual Machines for your Desktop or servers.
  • Containers for development or Helm Charts for Kubernetes environments.

If you are interested in getting any previous versions of those native installers, please request them in our Community forums We will be happy to assist you there! 

Learn More

For a host of information and tutorials about using Bitnami containers and Helm charts in Kubernetes, visit the Bitnami tutorials page

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

How-To: Deploy Bitnami’s LAMP Appliance to VMware Environments Directly via VMware Marketplace!

If you are a developer, there is a high chance that you’ve utilized the LAMP stack in the past 24 hours. The LAMP stack, consisting of Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl/Python, is a web service tool used to quickly build websites and applications through a reliable coding framework. 

For developers who work with VMware environments, the easiest way to deploy the LAMP stack is through the Bitnami-packaged appliance that’s available on the VMware Marketplace – VMware’s one-stop-shop to discover, try and deploy open-source and third-party ecosystem solutions for all VMware products.  

Why use the Bitnami LAMP Appliance? 

LAMP is an extremely popular package of fully open-source services. So - what’s so special about the Bitnami-packaged version? And why use it via the VMware Marketplace, instead of just downloading and configuring it on your own? 

The Bitnami LAMP Appliance provides developers with standalone project directories where they can store their applications. Thus, they can start deploying their PHP applications without the need to set up the entire infrastructure.  This image bundles together the most up-to-date releases of PHP, Apache, and MySQL Linux, as well as phpMyAdmin, PHP modules, and Composer. Apache is configured with the 'event' Multi-Processing Module and PHP-FPM, which is an ideal configuration for high-traffic websites that serve a lot of simultaneous requests.  

Most importantly, the Bitnami LAMP solution is ready for production environments. That means that it includes SSL auto-configuration with Let’s Encrypt certificates and HTTPS/HTTP2 support, all of which allow developers to build more secure sites and applications as quickly as possible.  

The complete Bitnami catalog – including the LAMP appliance – is accessible from the VMware Marketplace, allowing users to easily deploy a wide range of highly secure, industry standardized, and open-source applications across all VMware environments. 

By deploying the Bitnami LAMP Appliance from the VMware Marketplace, developers only need to focus on building applications, without having to worry about governance, security, and so on.  It can be deployed to environments such as VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Director, and VMware vSphere. Developers can save time, effort, and resources. 

So how does it really work? 

To consume LAMP directly from VMware Marketplace, you would just need to browse the catalog, find the LAMP solution, and hit ‘Subscribe’. From there, just input the deployment configuration parameters. Within seconds, your application will be running in the infrastructure of your choice -whether it is in a public, private or hybrid environment. 

To see the process step-by-step, watch the demo video below, where Bitnami engineer Michiel D’Hont subscribes to the LAMP appliance via the VMware Marketplace! 

Next steps 

Interested in using the VMware Marketplace? Sign up today on our catalog page – it’s free! For more information, refer to our Docs and learn more on our marketing page or blogs page.  

For more information on Bitnami, please refer to the Bitnami and Bitnami documentation websites. 

To get started with subscribing to the Bitnami LAMP, click here!