Thursday, March 15, 2012

Move Servers Across AWS Accounts with BitNami Cloud Hosting

Today, we rolled out several new features in BitNami Cloud Hosting, the easiest way to deploy and manage applications in the cloud! One we are particularly excited about is the ability to move servers between Amazon accounts and across Availability Zones in one click. This means that you can easily move servers from development, to test, to production accounts in minutes. For users who manage servers for several clients, it also means that you can create server 'templates' that include any extensions, additional applications or custom code and use them to spin up new servers across different customer accounts. To use this new feature, first create a backup by clicking the 'create backup' button on the Manage Server screen, or choose and existing backup and then click 'Restore'. You will see the option to select an AWS account and an Availability Zone at that time, as shown below.

Move servers across AWS accounts and availability zones with BitNami Cloud Hosting.
In addition, we have added search and pagination to the Servers, Backups, Monitoring and other pages to make it easier for you to find a particular server or backup that you are looking for. This will be especially useful for those of you who are running several servers or who have a large number of backups that you need to search through.

In case you missed the announcement last week, we also added support for the new 64-bit server types released by Amazon. These new Small and Medium 64-bit instances fill in the gaps in the previously available server sizes for 64-bit architectures, which jumped from Micro (around $15 per month) to Large (around $230 per month) with nothing in between. The only alternative previously available was to run on a 32-bit architecture, which topped out at Medium instance sizes, which may not be large enough for some production applications. Now, you can get started with a cost-effective Micro instance and increase your server size all the way up to a High Mem 4XL server with 68.4 GB of RAM and 26 cores, or anything in between, in one click!