We started BitNami in 2007 with the goal of making open source applications accessible to as many people as possible, including those that are less technical. We want to give people the freedom to run the BitNami apps in as many platforms as possible. We started providing native installers for Windows, Linux and OS X. They are relocatable, self-contained and easy to install (just double-click and follow the wizard instructions) software stacks. You can maintain multiple development stacks in the same machine, create clean environments for regression testing of your software or quickly try open source business apps in your laptop. We then provided virtual machine images bundling Linux with our stacks, which you can use to deploy to your existing virtualization infrastructure and easily integrate / bundle with system-level software. Finally, we launched BitNami AMIs (Amazon Machine Images), which allow you to run the BitNami stacks in the Amazon cloud. You can leverage the cloud to run quick one-off tests or to host your production sites, only paying for the resources you consume and with the same ease-of-use that you have come to expect from BitNami.
Today, we are excited to announce the newest addition to the BitNami family: Windows AMIs. You can now choose to deploy most BitNami stacks on Amazon running on Windows 2008, including Joomla!, MediaWiki, Alfresco and Wordpress, with the rest coming soon. Many of our users come from a Windows background, and running a Linux VM or AMI means a somewhat steep learning curve. Windows-based BitNami AMIs will make their life easier and at the same time simplify the integration with other Windows-based applications they may have in-house. To get started, just navigate to the Cloud section of any of the stack pages, for example Alfresco and find out the AMI id for that particular stack. You can then review the wiki instructions on how to launch and manage the Windows AMIs.
Please give it a try and let us know what you think.