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GoGrid Exchange: BitNami Open Source Web Applications Images Available

Personal server images are compressed and stored in GoGrid’s Cloud Storage

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A few months ago, we introduced MyGSIs (personal server images) which allow users to create custom personal GSI (GoGrid Server Images) with all of their code, applications and data.

These personal server images are then compressed and stored in GoGrid’s Cloud Storage for use later instantiating copies of those MyGSIs within a user’s GoGrid cloud.

Building upon that framework, backend structure and concept, we have released Partner GSIs and the GoGrid Exchange.

A Partner GSI appears in the same list of servers or sandboxes available for deployment.

GoGrid has a growing number of partners, each of which specialize in a variety of capabilities including internet security, backup, monitoring, web applications, compliance and application scaling. New partners are being added regularly so be sure to check the GoGrid Partner page for additions. Also, a new “microsite”, called the GoGrid Exchange, will be launching shortly where you can get detailed information about Partners and the images they are providing.

To use a Partner GSI, simply select it from the server list as you are creating a new GoGrid cloud server. Do note that some partners charge an additional amount for using their pre-packaged GSI. If you use a Partner GSI that has some sort of “token based billing” attached to it, you will receive a charge for the use of that server in your next billing statement. Also, even if you use a Partner GSI that has a billing token assigned to it for an hour (or more), you are charged the full amount associated with that image. There is no partial or fractional billing for Partner GSIs. Partner images will show a different “owner” (see the screenshot below).

BitNami Open Source Web Applications

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GoGrid and BitNami have partnered to make open source web applications easy to deploy on GoGrid. The BitNami GSIs make it fast and easy to run web applications for evaluation, development or production purposes. They are fully configured, so you can start using the application immediately after loading the GSI to your GoGrid account.

When you log into your GoGrid account and create a new image, you will see a listing of Bitnami images that looks similar to this (note, this list was filtered on the name “bitnami”):

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After selecting the BitNami image, just proceed with the creation of the image as you normally would. Full documentation can be found on the BitNami GoGrid Images Guide.

BitNami also offers development environments for LAMP (Apache, MySQL and PHP on Linux), Ruby on Rails, JRuby and others.

For additional product information please visit: http://bitnami.org

The GoGrid Exchange

The GoGrid Exchange is essentially a marketplace where Partners can host their GoGrid server images. If you are interested in becoming a GoGrid partner and have your Partner GSI in the GoGrid Exchange please contact:

  • Business Development Manager, Paul Lancaster: plancaster AT gogrid.com
  • Product Marketing Manager, Kole Hicks: kole AT gogrid.com

If you have a PaaS or SaaS offering and want to have it available within the GoGrid cloud, have a particular server configuration with specific application sets that can benefit the GoGrid user community and you would like to monetize your efforts, I recommend that you contact either Paul or Kole.

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Michael Sheehan is the Technology Evangelist for Cloud Computing Infrastructure provider GoGrid and ServePath and is an avid technology pundit. GoGrid is the cloud hosting division of ServePath Dedicated Hosting, a company with extensive expertise and experience in web hosting infrastructure. Follow him on Twitter.

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