I love the Bitnami guys. They make it dead simple for anybody to run an application in the cloud.— Dr. Werner Vogels, Amazon VP & CTO
No, Bitnami Cloud Hosting subscriptions do not include the cost of hosting your application. You will be charged directly by Amazon only for what you use.
Use our cloud cost calculator to estimate what your hosting costs will be based on your requirements.
Bitnami Cloud Hosting subscription plans are based on the number and size of servers that you are running. Under each plan tier (Basic, Business and Enterprise), you will see the server sizes supported. These server sizes are directly related to Amazon's and you can view the estimated cost of hosting the servers on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and their specifications using on our cost calculator. Plans within each tier are broken down based on whether you are running up to 3, 10 or 50 servers. Note that you can upgrade or downgrade your plan at any time as your requirements change and your bill will be pro-rated accordingly.
We have put together a tutorial to walk you through how to setup your Amazon Web Services account.
The free plan allows you to launch and manage one Micro or Small instance free of charge. Combined with Amazon's free tier offering, that means that you can run a Micro instance on the Amazon cloud with Bitnami Cloud Hosting free of charge for one year. After the first year, your Bitnami Cloud Hosting developer account will remain free of charge, however Amazon will start to charge you for usage of their platform. If you need a larger server, you can upgrade to one of our paid plans at any time.
Please note that you will be responsible for any charges to your Amazon account, which you may incur if you are not eligible for or exceed the limits of their free tier of service.
If you decide to cancel your account, you will lose access to the Bitnami Cloud Hosting platform, but your servers will continue to run on your Amazon Web Services account unless you terminate them. So, you are never locked in to using Bitnami Cloud Hosting and can leave at any time without fear of having to 'start over' with your servers.
No, no credit card is required. Note that you will need to have an account with Amazon Web Services, which does require a credit card, in order to use Bitnami Cloud Hosting.