Bitnami is a company I've been watching for a number of years. They take a very obvious proposition and deliver it simply and easily for different platforms. The idea of Bitnami is simple - cloud and hosting platforms are, at their very essence, blank canvasses that are nothing without the applications and environments that work on top of them. Bitnami provides a platform whereby popular server applications and development environments that can be installed in a click, onto a user's platform of choice. That could cover a number of deployment options: either on their laptop, in a virtual machine or hosted in the cloud.
Bitnami boasts that it deploys over a million individual applications on its various partners infrastructure every month - the reasons are obvious, if you want to run one of those ubiquitous applications, say Wordpress or Drupal, the last thing you want to be doing is wrangling versions and configurations. Bitnami takes care of all of that and delivers consistent, secure and up-to-date versions of the most popular applications that are optimized for the different platforms it supports. Bitnami takes care of compiling and configuring the application and all of its dependencies (thirdparty libraries, language runtimes, databases) so they work out of the box.
Bitnami is today announcing that it is partnering with DigitalOcean, that cheap and cheerful vendor of cloud infrastructure that is growing like weeds. Bitnami's hundred or so applications (think Magento, SugarCRM, and others) will be available on DigitalOcean alongside all the existing supported platforms.
There's not really much to say about this partnership - DigitalOcean has seen huge success delivering perhaps the simplest infrastructure options that are tailored for developers. Bitnami makes it as easy as possible to run solutions on top of those various infrastructure platforms. Put the two together and you've got a match made in heaven.
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