Monday, March 4, 2013

Introducing BitNami Cloud Launchpad: Demo Your Favorite Apps in the Cloud for Free

We started BitNami with the goal of making open source server software easier to discover and install. Many BitNami users come to our website to test and compare different projects: wikis, content management systems, bug trackers and so on. We help them select the best one for them because our stacks make it easy to install and run multiple applications side by side. For others, BitNami is a great way to test the very latest release of their favorite application or language framework . Our stacks are self-contained, so they can be installed and removed without interfering with their existing setups.

Today, we are happy to announce the BitNami Cloud Launchpad, a service that allows you to test BitNami applications in the Cloud, for free.

To launch a server, just select an application from our library and click on the 'launch server now' button, as shown below:

After logging in to BitNami, you will be able to launch up to 10 apps with the click of a button. After you click to launch an app, it takes just a couple of minutes to get your server up and running. When the process is complete, you will receive an email with information on how to access the application. Each server will stay up for one hour so you have plenty of time to experiment and play with it.

We have been beta-testing this functionality for the past week and the feedback has been extremely positive. We hope that you will find the BitNami Cloud Launchpad useful for quickly testing new versions of your favorite apps or for exploring new applications.

We have plans to extend and improve this new service, so stay tuned! In the mean time, if you are looking to host your BitNami applications in the cloud, consider BitNami Cloud Hosting.  It provides the same ease of deployment as the Cloud Launchpad but adds monitoring, automatic backups and the ability to resize servers as needed.