Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Bitnami Stacksmith - Cloud Migration Made Simple

Authored by Michael Murphy, Product Marketing Manager

Bitnami is pleased to announce the official release of Stacksmith, our enterprise application migration solution.

Stacksmith has been in the works for the last year or so, but it builds on Bitnami’s extensive experience in application packaging that goes back much further. In fact, Stacksmith is a productization of the tooling and automation that Bitnami uses internally to package and maintain the catalog of about 120 open source applications that it publishes to all the major cloud marketplaces. And just like our application catalog, packaging an application in Stacksmith ensures an easy-to-use, ready-to-run and always up to date application...only in this case, it’s your internal custom application.

Stacksmith let's enterprise companies leverage Bitnami’s application packaging experience and automation when they repackage their custom and legacy applications and move them to a public or private cloud platform. 
There are two key points that I want to focus on in this blog post. Taken together, they significantly differentiate Stacksmith from other application migration solutions. They are:

  • Stacksmith is easy to use
  • Stacksmith gets you all the way there

Let’s look at each in a bit more detail.

Stacksmith is easy to use

Consider the following:
  • You don’t have to have a sophisticated internal software development team in place to use Stacksmith – our step by step approach walks you through the process. 
  • You don’t have to have lots of cloud knowledge or experience to use Stacksmith – Bitnami’s extensive experience packaging for all the major cloud provider platforms means that this knowledge is built in. The Stacksmith templates bring in all the components required by the target platform, as well as best practices. 
  • You don’t have to edit or alter your application source code – you can replatform it as-is with Stacksmith. So even if the original developers of the application have long since moved on, you can still migrate the application with confidence. 
  • Keeping your replatformed application up to date moving forward becomes super easy – Stacksmith automates the ongoing maintenance tasks associated with keeping applications up to date, a challenge many companies face with their legacy applications in the datacenter today.

Replatforming with Stacksmith takes about the same effort as rehosting (aka ‘lifting & shifting’) your application. Yet it delivers on automation and other cloud-native benefits that you will want to utilize on your new cloud platform - rehosting does not. And rehosting solutions deliver as output a VM or container – but you need more than just that to deploy to your new platform. Which brings me nicely to the second point…

Stacksmith gets you all the way there

Stacksmith is designed to deliver a complete application migration experience for enterprises. It doesn’t only deliver part of the migration toolchain experience – Stacksmith gives you everything you need to complete the replatforming process. This is a significant departure from many other solutions in the market that simply build a container or virtual machine - but still require you to create the deployment template needed for the new platform. Creating those templates requires cloud and platform specific knowledge.

Stacksmith takes a running application in the traditional datacenter, repackages it, and delivers a running application in the public or private cloud. Boom - application migrated. And the extensive Bitnami experience means that all the required components for your application to run on its new platform, as well as platform best practices, are built in to the process and get included with your new application package - we know what each platform requires so you don’t have to.

Find out for yourself. We created a host of new assets for this launch, including:

If you have been waiting for a ‘better solution’ to assist with your digital transformation initiative, now you have it! Use Stacksmith to get those legacy applications migrated to cloud, private or public. 

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