Bitnami – The little engine that could

The_Little_Engine_That_Could_thumb-115x150[1]“I think I can! I think I can!” This well-loved classic tale of the Little Blue Engine who isn’t afraid to try has and will continue to inspire and entertain generations of children.

Bitnami is a library of popular server applications and development environments that can be installed with one click, either in your laptop, in a virtual machine or hosted in the cloud. Bitnami was sponsored by Bitrock, a company founded in 2003 in Seville, Spain. Despite being a modestly-sized vendor, they’ve managed to see great success convincing cloud vendors to use their application marketplace. What Bitnami does is actually rather simple, yet very valuable. Bitnami makes it easy to run your favorite server apps anywhere, with the focus on ANYWHERE

They offer users the ability to deploy applications in a ready to run state,  via Bitnami’s library of popular applications and development environments. These packaged software (‘stack’) environments are then made available as

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As a result, they enable end users to run applications without all the messy compiling and configuring that applications usually require. Bitnami takes care of the libraries, language runtimes, and databases needed to make the applications work, providing a consistent, secure and optimized end-user experience when deploying any app, on any platform.

Bitnami has a massive number of applications it supports (over 130) including WordPress, Magento, Joomla, Drupal, Moodle, SugarCRM, MediaWiki and PrestaShop among them. They provide the latest versions of your favorite applications and development stacks, tested and optimized for the deployment environment of your choice. Bitnami manages a claimed million application deployments a month and accounts for a significant share of total global cloud installs for a number of the applications it supports.

Now headquartered in San Francisco, and with a development center in Seville, Bitnami has grown to scale without much fanfare, the absence of big name venture funding rounds has allowed them to focus on building their business rather than meeting the needs of their investors.

As Cloud vendors increasingly want to offer customers one-click access to applications, Oracle is the latest company to join this trend. As announced during OpenWorld 2015 by Bitnami, Bitnami Launchpad for Oracle Cloud Platform makes it easier for software developers to get up and running. Oracle users and developers can launch their favorite Bitnami apps via the new Launchpad, as well as in the popular Oracle Marketplace,”a one-stop shop for Oracle customers seeking trusted business applications and service providers offering unique business solutions, including ones that extend Oracle Cloud Applications.”

The Bitnami catalog continues to improve with infrastructure stacks such as WAMP, MAMP, LAMP and Ruby, as well as additional collaboration tools (like WordPress, Drupal, Ghost, and Roller we mentnioned). A few months ago it announced Docker images stocked with individual developer components such as NGINX, PHP, Ruby in SQL and noSQL varieties, while recently they announced expansion of their library to include commercially-licensed server software, in addition to the open source packages.