COMPANY

Brescia University College

CHALLENGE

Getting new servers authorized, ordered and provisioned can take weeks at a university. The web development team needed faster access to servers for short term projects, development and testing purposes.

SOLUTION

The team chose Bitnami Cloud Hosting for one-click deployment of servers for new blogs, wikis and development environments, reducing the time to get access to new resources from weeks to minutes.

APPS USED

WordPress, Drupal, WordPress Multisite

RESULTS SUMMARY

  • Reduced deployment time for new servers from weeks to minutes.
  • Decreased time-to-delivery for new projects.
  • Able to 'do more with less' — saved development time while staying within budget.

"Bitnami allows me to respond rapidly to our needs for development and short-term project servers. For example, creating a server on the fly for a new blog, or juggling multiple development sites. Bitnami servers offer secure production-ready default configurations, easy backups, and the ability to turn servers on and off on the fly. This is exactly what I need to do my job without getting bogged down in server management and administration. Bitnami has become a key component of our 'flexible cloud' strategy. It gives us the ability to create and manage multiple small servers far more effectively than if I were using physical servers or self-hosted VMs. " -Dan Bashaw, Web Developer,
Brescia University College


CASE STUDY

The web development team at Brescia University College is responsible for developing and deploying new web applications for the university. Going through the process of requesting, ordering and setting up new servers could take weeks, slowing down new development projects. In addition to having to wait for new equipment, working with physical servers gave the team finite development resources, restricting their ability to experiment with new applications.

The Brescia University web development team turned to Bitnami Cloud Hosting and Amazon Web Services to get fast, cost-effective access to servers for evaluation, development and testing projects, as well as for applications they only need for a short period of time. On-demand access to cloud resources allows the team to spin up new servers within minutes so that they can be productive almost instantly, while only paying for the compute resources they actually use. When a project is complete or an application is no longer needed, the team simply deletes the server instance.

The Brescia University College web development team counts Bitnami as "a key component of [their] 'flexible cloud' strategy" due to the platform's ability to rapidly provision servers with popular open source applications, its one-click server cloning and automated backups. These features enable the team to deploy new servers with the apps they need in minutes, clone them to set up new development environments or test updates before putting them into production, and ensure that they always have complete copies of their servers available in the event they run into issues. As a result, the web development team gets access to the resources they need, when they need them, and is able to select, develop and deploy new applications more quickly. Because they only pay for the resources they use, they are able to achieve these benefits while staying within a limited budget. Dan Bashaw, a web developer for the university says that Bitnami Cloud Hosting saves him a considerable amount of time, enabling him to "do [his] job without getting bogged down in server management and administration."

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