Bitnami

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Bitnami Cloud Hosting builds on the Bitnami LaunchPad to provide additional features including monitoring, automatic server backups, one-click server cloning and resizing and more. Bitnami Cloud Hosting is powered by the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud and supports all Amazon regions. You need an Amazon AWS account in order to use Bitnami Cloud Hosting.

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Bitnami review by Nathan B.
Nathan B.
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"Best Cloud Service Ever"

What do you like best?

I tried many cloud services including the giants in the market and can definitely tell you that bitnami by far one of the best services out there. they give you the option to install the script you want from the choice if hundreds of scripts on a cloud service provider which you can choose. they also have a bitnami cloud platform to run scripts which is really awesome. installing these scripts know as stacks is pretty easy and can be done with a click of a button, also you can install multiple stacks on a single server. the installation and setup is pretty easy that it could save you a lot of time and manual work. there is no technical knowledge requires working on bitnami.the bitnami cloud service also gives you a small free cloud server to test out their services which is really great and a fantastic offer for those who plan on using bitnami and wants t know what they offer before investing. the interface is beautiful and i had no trouble what so ever in navigating from page to page.the support is also pretty great which replies quickly to your queries.

What do you dislike?

the pricing isn't the cheapest and you can find similar servers for a better price in the market.

Recommendations to others considering the product

this is by far the best cloud service to install scripts and managing them.i highly recommend you to go with them

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

installing and managing scripts in cloud servers. the stacks are installed on a non-root level so many root level permissions are inaccessible. updating stacks is really a time-consuming job as there isn't any safe way to do it, you got to back up your data and later on restore it.

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Bitnami review by Andrew A.
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"Fast Easy Beautiful"

What do you like best?

I have been working with WordPress for years now and installing the script on a server takes a lot of time and effort. then i came across bitnami, they provide you with installing scripts that you want on cloud servers you choose. there are hundreds of scripts and cloud services for you to choose from.the most important poek of bitnami is how easy to use it, we can install scripts usually called stacks on the cloud with a single click without any knowledge of coding or web development. the servers are also really fast and extremely responsive. their support is really helpful, I had my WordPress database messed up once and they solved the issue within minutes. also, the give yo small free server to run your scrips as a free trial to check out their service which was great. another important thing is the promotions they offer so that you can get free credits to run the server, I got $300 free in credits while testing out Wordpress in google cloud. the interface is beautiful and really easy t move through.

What do you dislike?

stack and connected apps often got mixed up and cause troubles like if you try to install WordPress and Joomla on a single cloud platform, it'll install two copies of common supporting apps like PHP, which will consume both memory and space.

Recommendations to others considering the product

this is a great service, unless you want to sit hours in front of system and setup scripts by your own, go for it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

installing and managing WordPress on cloud servers provided by google

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Bitnami review by Steve E.
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"Awesome support, Clean Installations"

What do you like best?

the script installation is easy and clean, I couldn't find any error while running the script and all the components are also pre-configured. there is a wide selection available for the user to choose, they provide with multiple scripts as well as servers to choose from. installing those script need to technical knowledge at all and they provide one-click install for all their scripts. the customer service is really awesome and very responsive to the queries. the bitnami servers give you a small server for free to test out their service and i find it really helpful while starting to work with them.

What do you dislike?

the installation is non-root based so some of the functions and security configuration that only works with root access are limited. once I got an error when trying to update the Joomla stack and lost all my data. after contacting them i learned that you need to backup data first and individually update each stack, i couldn't find an easy way around it. also installing multiple scripts can be troublesome cause when installing more than one script it installs each component required for the script multiple times, i had three installations of MySQL on my server eating up all the resources.

Recommendations to others considering the product

they are really good at what they are doing, so try them out first and see for yourself

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Run your scripts on cloud computers with ease.

Bitnami review by Steve  M.
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"Great Support, Affordable Packages"

What do you like best?

when starting out with cloud hosting, I tried to set up WordPress on an AWS instance and it was a hefty of codes to set it up and getting my website live. then I came to know about bitnami from a friend of mine and the platform changed the way I used cloud applications. they offer a wide range of applications to be installed on your desired cloud, laptop or in a virtual machine with a single click which is really cool. when i used to install WordPress i had to waste a lot of time on configurations and my databases used to have errors frequently but with bitnami its all easy, the program automatically configure the application and all the dependencies so you don't have to worry about it. they also automatically keep your application up to date. the pricing is also affordable to most of the users, there is also an option to create a small free server and test your application on it. I found the development container particularly helpful when I'm trying to compile and test new programs. the support is also great that they reply to your questions in minutes and help you relsve any issues.

What do you dislike?

the interface can be a little complex for some users.

Recommendations to others considering the product

try to set up an application on the cloud by yourself and then try it with bitnami, you'll see the difference.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running applications in the cloud.

Bitnami review by User in Higher Education
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"One click installation and quick setup. Say goodbye to the hassle"

What do you like best?

Bitnami product containers are hassle free. I remember when I hadn't knew about these products, I had to spend several hours to setup a LAMP stack. Now with Bitnami's XAMP, it is just a matter of one click installation. Furthermore, some applications are also available as VM, hence easy to migrate.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing in this product that I don't like. It is perfect for local development as well as Cloud based deployment.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easy and perfect for one-click installation of the applications you need; both on the cloud and local.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

These packaged applications of Bitnami makes the setup very easy. They contains almost all popular applications like "Wordpress", "Drupal". So it is just a matter of few clicks and you will have your installation running in no time.

Bitnami review by Ramón Giovanny C.
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"The best end-to-end automation platform for web applications autoinstaled in servers "

What do you like best?

Its easy and intuitive use, The possibility of auto install in a simple way in both my local server and in cloud, any application, To test an application for 1 hour without having to install permanently.

What do you dislike?

Every time you download wordpress with bitnami for example, install a bitnami module with apache and mysql for each installation, Instead of doing it in a single module for example with xampp

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to easily install a service or platform to integrate a robust cloud service that manages and allows easy administration through a single system, allowing you to test a demo for the client in real time, then the recommendation is certainly bitnami

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it daily for both my developments in wordpress, for clients, classes and consultancies, I give you the possibility to test the platform and the installation to my clients from bitnami in the cloud

Bitnami review by Nathan A.
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"Bitnami makes a full-stack dev environment a snap to set up."

What do you like best?

I do a lot of WordPress development. Setting up a new dev environment from scratch takes some time. The Bitnami WordPress stack installs everything I need from one installer quickly. The WordPress installation also allows adding aditional non-WordPress sites as one would with a regular *AMP setup.

What do you dislike?

Bitnami WordPress stack doesn't install its software in a virtual machine, so changes on your local computer can potentially break your installation. While not usually a big deal, this has bitten me on occasion. PHP caching is enabled by default and has caused me quite a bit of trouble on initial installs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're not ready to jump to Vagrant or Docker and just want an easy way to set up a full local web development environment on your local machine, Bitnami is the way to go.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Bitnami saves me time installing and managing my local development environment. It allows me to get to writing code almost immediately.

Bitnami review by Christian H.
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"Good for small businesses looking to roll their own Wordpress website"

What do you like best?

Fully prepared stack for a website. Choose the EBS image on Amazon, spin up an instance and you're good to go! Full control of the stack so you can do what you want on the box vs. other tools.

What do you dislike?

No real upgrade path from one version to the next. Every time you want (or need) to upgrade the software, you have to copy the wordpress folder over, re-install and reconfigure everything which is a pain to do.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Good compromise for people looking for flexible solution for website hosting, it does, however, still require a good amount of technical knowledge to set up so I would not recommend it for a beginner.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hosted websites are expensive and (more importantly) offer very limited customization. Rolling your own website from the ground up requires building a full software stack which is time consuming. Bitnami falls in the sweet spot in the middle of nearly full customization without requiring a full time sys-admin

Bitnami review by deepesh r.
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"This product helps you set up websites in minutes."

What do you like best?

The best thing about this product is the hassle free launch of the server instance with your chosen app loaded. It just helps me focus only on my application rather than fret over managing the application stack.

With all the customisation options available, you only need to know what best suits your business needs.

What do you dislike?

the only thing i dislike about the product is the performance of the VMs. it is a tad slower than what you get with AMIs, if you don't expect too much traffic, you are good to go.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Bitnami offers a lot of different applications for you to choose from, eg. Drupal/wordpress right out of the box, so to say. which gives you a kick start with your project.

The best thing is the ease of use and the speed with which you can bring your application up and running on the cloud in a few clicks.

Bitnami is also offering google cloud platform integration to help you with deploying your apps over a reliable managed infrastructure.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For most of our clients, the app servers are on premise, but Bitnami has really made it easy to set-up dev and test environments a piece of cake.

with it, we are able to set-up our applications fast and test out our prototype solutions.

Bitnami review by Cho Yin Y.
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"Easy deployment of apps"

What do you like best?

One click deployment of apps and its integration with DigitalOcean proves itself very useful and easy to use. Usually taking hours of work when deploying WordPress, Bitnami has made it very easy and saves the hassle of server administrators to debug when something is wrong in the process of installing wordpress in their own server stack.

I am also surprised of their great support, as it is a free service. However they responded my problem with a solution quicker than expected.

What do you dislike?

There are occasionally crashes that occur in my DigitalOcean droplet, possibly due to the Bitnami deployed droplet, as it has never happened to me before. However, it is not empirically proven, so Bitnami remains a software that I would highly recommend to all of my colleagues.

Also, the website URL of wordpress could not be configured via the normal wordpress control panel and needed to be manually configured with command line. The need of changing file permissions in command line also makes it a bit frustrating.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it to test software rather than set up your own. You can select from a diverse range of software without a hassle.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used Bitnami to deploy a wordpress stack to DigitalOcean. This process has taken less than 5 minutes until a fully functioning WordPress site was ready for me to configure. This saved me a lot of time from website setup. Using it as a production server doesn't seem to be a problem currently. I recommend Bitnami to all.

Bitnami review by User in Design
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"Great Option When by Admin Access"

What do you like best?

There are so many platforms on Bitnami, ruby, node.js, etc. I used this when I had limited user privileges on a machine at work and I needed to have a Node.js environment running. I was able to install Bitnami in a documents folder and run Node.js. Very little configuration which was great and an easy guide that explained the setup in a few steps.

What do you dislike?

I can't think of anything I dislike about Bitnami. I do prefer to install environments without Bitnami, but that's because I like a minimal setup on my machine.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great product, if you like things easy I recommend Bitnami, no fuss easy to use. Or if you have limited previledges on a machine Bitnami is a great solution for setting up the environment you need.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I didn't have user previledges to setup an environment on a machine at work so I deployed Bitnami.

Bitnami review by Consultant in Computer Networking
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"A great ready-to-go environment for your VM or Cloud Server"

What do you like best?

Bitnami offers a huge range of VM's for both desktop virtual machines and virtual servers, including cloud based servers such as amazon's EC2. These are all ready-to-go, and you can even have the Bitnami site set-up the EC2 server for you, and you can even have the server built with the software you need pre-installed. As an example, let say you need a LAMP stack running on Ubuntu, and you want that because you intend to run WordPress on it. Well, Bitnami has or you can have it make a WordPress EC2 server ready for you to get in and start blogging. Along with having a ready to go pre-built environment, the Bitnami machines are always updated with the latest software, which has been heavily tested before deployment, meaning you have a guaranteed stable and current environment so you don't have to worry about anything else and can focus on your apps The machines also come with your basic administration tools, such as PHPMyAdmin, and an SSH shell, plus you can do single or group configuration from the Bitnami website with a few clicks of the mouse. If you want the reliability and cost savings of the cloud, but the ease of use that you get with a big-name hosting company liek GoDaddy, then Bitnami is the solution for you.

What do you dislike?

Anytime you opt to go with a pre-built managed environment rather than setting it up yourself, you are going to lose several levels of control. This is what happens with Bitnami. You are working on a server someone else designed, which means the directory structure might be different that what you are use to, along with the build method. In fact, even the Linux Distro's are very different, think more of an embedded version of Ubuntu or CentOS than a Server edition. Since that is what it is. Even though you know that is what you are getting, any experienced Linux Admin will have a love-hate relationship and frustrating moments. Also, even though it seems to be "ready-to-go" a few oversights have made it "almost" ready-to-go. Once installed, you will need to track down the default username and password, which changes with editions, so it could be hard to find. Your Admin logins will be in the server build log if you use AWS, and will be different for every deployment, rather than Bitnami/User that other deployments get. Once you have logged in, you will need to tell Bitnami which directory to use as home, rather than the "welcome to Bitnami" page that is default. You will ALSO have to log into the SSH console and find a command to disable the annoying Bitnami Banner ad, which will be over the top of every page your server displays. Once that is done, you need to find any oopses that were made by the development team. In the case of WordPress, the daemon that runs Wordpress/Apache doesn't have permission to write to the Wordpress directory, meaning everytime you try to upload or install media, plugins, or themes, it will ask for FTP credentials, which the server doesn't have preinstalled... who knows why? So, you will need to manually provide the permissions in an SSH console.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be sure to read the instructions on the site so that you can at least find your Username and Password, before you go to login.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Bitnami really cuts down on server build times, along with administration times, and potential server disasters following updates. You can literally roll out a full environment with your PHP App running, without an admin. You also have the peace of mind in knowing that your system is as current as possible, and will be rock stable. Finally, anyone can make changes to one or 100's of servers at once with a few clicks of a mouse.

Bitnami review by Chris L.
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"Simple doesn't begin to cover it"

What do you like best?

What I like best about Bitnami is that you can try a completely ready, out of the box setup either on your machine or a virtual machine as soon as you download it, with essentially zero configuration, and for multiple environments. What I also like is that once you get used to setting up one Bitnami container, you've essentially figured out how to set the all up. Finally, their own cloud hosting does an excellent job at simplifying menial AWS tasks such as backups and resizing at a very reasonable price.

What do you dislike?

I can't think of any real negatives besides sprucing up their wiki a bit and perhaps making upgrade paths and security patches even more painless than than they already are.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used bitnami for setting up dev, test and production environments for digital asset management and software applicaiton development.

Bitnami review by Brad M.
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"Bitnami is just absolutely phenomenal"

What do you like best?

It's the easiest way I've ever seen to deploy VM images to the cloud. From application servers to development stacks, Bitnami seems to have everything on earth available. They're even pre-built and pre-configured for you so all you have to do is provide cloud service authentication and you're good to go!

What do you dislike?

Only once did I experience a deployment that had the wrong version of Java installed for a particular application on a particular vm to work properly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just do it, you won't regret it for a second!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Deploying and configuring cloud applications.

Bitnami review by Patricia L.
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"Great product! "

What do you like best?

It is easy to use, I didn't have to buy a domain and could work on a local environment to test my website.

What do you dislike?

I had to install a bitnami client on every computer that I was working on.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Test my non-live website.

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