Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Support for the Oregon Region and Reserved Instances Now in BitNami Cloud Hosting

We are pleased to announce a couple of new features that were recently released in BitNami Cloud Hosting. First, we have added support for the Oregon region, so you now have a choice of West Coast regions for server deployment. We have also added support for selecting Availability Zones, so you can choose which zone to launch your server in and take advantage of Amazon's Reserved Instance pricing, which could save you 40% or more on your hosting bills.

This new Availability Zone support also introduces the ability to use Reserved Instances with BitNami Cloud Hosting. With Reserved Instances you pay a low, one-time fee and in turn receive a significant discount on the hourly charge for that instance. Reserved Instances are purchased for a specific Availability Zone, so it was not previously possible to take advantage them with BitNami Cloud Hosting. Now, you can specify which Availability Zone to launch your server to (as shown below). Provided that you choose an Availability Zone that you have Reserved Instances available for, you will automatically receive the Reserved Instance pricing. Using Reserved Instances can dramatically reduce your AWS bill, so if you plan to have your server(s) in operation for an extended period of time, we encourage you to look into it.

To select an Availability Zone when creating your server, click on the
 'Advanced Options' link after clicking the region selection button.
Select your preferred Availability Zone from the list of available options.
Please note that selecting an Availability Zone is not necessary, and only recommended if you are trying to take advantage of Reserved Instance pricing or want to keep servers running in different zones for redundancy purposes. If you do not select an Availability Zone, AWS will automatically select the best Availability Zone based on available resources.

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