BitNami Cloud Images

    Bitnami Cloud Images contain your Bitnami-packaged application of choice and all of the software it requires. They are fully configured and ready to run on a cloud computing service. Bitnami Cloud Images are currently available for the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Windows Azure, with support for additional clouds planned for the future.

    The major benefit of using a cloud computing platform to run your Bitnami application is that you pay only for the time that you have the application running. There is no need to purchase additional hardware or install and set up the application on your own machine. Once you sign up for a cloud account with your provider of choice, you can simply launch a Bitnami Cloud Image instance and you will be able to start using the application right away. When you're done using the application for a period of time, you can stop running it and you won't be billed for compute time until you need to run it again. See below for links to our guides on deploying Bitnami Stacks to supported cloud platforms.

    - Running Bitnami Stacks on Windows Azure
    - Running Bitnami Stacks on Amazon Web Services (AWS)

    Why would I want to use a public cloud computing platform versus traditional hosting?

    There are a variety of reasons that you may want to use Amazon, Windows Azure or another public cloud for hosting your application instead of going with traditional hosting. The best option for you will depend on your specific circumstances, but a few of the major benefits of cloud computing include the control you have over your instances and the fact that you can pay as you go. This means that you just pay for the compute cycles and power that you actually use, and you don't have to sign any long term contracts or incur monthly fees for servers that are not in use. Public clouds also enable you to scale up and scale down computing resources to meet your changing needs.

    Which cloud computing platforms does Bitnami support?

    Bitnami currently supports the Amazon Cloud (Amazon EC2 and associated services) and Windows Azure. We plan to add support for other cloud platforms in the future.

    Do I have to pay for Bitnami Cloud Templates?

    No, there is no charge for using Bitnami Cloud Templates. You just need to pay for the services you consume from the cloud provider.

    What is Bitnami Cloud Hosting?

    Bitnami Cloud Hosting is a commercial service offered by Bitnami that simplifies the process of running Bitnami Stacks in the Cloud. Bitnami Cloud Hosting provides one click application deployment, automated backups, server scheduling, one-click server restores, monitoring and more to save you time and make sure your applications are running smoothly. Currently, Bitnami Cloud Hosting supports the Amazon EC2 Cloud and support for other clouds is planned for the future. To sign up or learn more about Bitnami Cloud Hosting, visit the Bitnami Cloud Hosting website.

    How much does running a server cost?

    Please visit the Amazon or Windows Azure pricing pages for their current pricing information.

    On the Amazon Cloud, what is the difference between the standard Bitnami AMIs and the EBS-backed images?

    The standard Bitnami AMIs use Amazon S3 to store all of the instance data, whereas the EBS-backed images use EBS, which provides persistent data storage. If an AMI using S3 goes down or is intentionally stopped, all of the data stored on that instance will be lost. Changes cannot be made to attributes to an S3-backed instance after it is instantiated. That is not the case with images backed by EBS. The data is stored separately from the instance and you can simply boot a new instance from it. You can also stop an EBS-backed instance and make changes to the instance type, kernel, RAM and user data. In addition, using an EBS-backed image also gives you access to Amazon’s snapshot functionality, which will create an image of the instance at a given point in time that you can save for backup purposes or use to create new instances.

    How long will it take me to start up a Bitnami Stack on the cloud?

    The length of time that it will take depends on several factors, including which cloud platform you are using, the size of the server you are launching, the type of application and more. In virtually all cases, you should be able to have your Bitnami Stack(s) of choice up and running in a matter of minutes.

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