- Cross platform – it is independent of OS. You can run any OS of your choice
- Multiple distribution – even within Linux, you are free to use any distribution of your choice. Either you can take one from the diverse choices they offer or if you have a custom built Linux distro to suit your organizational needs, you can upload it too. This is one of the areas where they differentiate themselves from rPath
- Choice of Middleware and Applications – They have a wide variety of option for middleware/runtime components and applications. This allows you to package any type of stack you want
- Templates – Like other players in this space, they also support templates. As an user, you have a choice to either use one of the ready-made templates or use your custom ones
- Supports many virtualization platforms – Support for VMware and EC2 is already available and they are working with other providers to support their platforms
- SaaS or On-Premise – Bitnami studio is available as both a SaaS offering and a downloadable offering for on-premise installation
- Role based control – This is one feature that will be attractive to enterprises. They provide role based access controls to allow you to limit access to stacks and components for accountability and security purposes. IT will love this kind of fine grained control at the component level. You can do this by setting up the necessary username and password before packaging on the Bitnami Studio
Krish dons several avatars including entrepreneur in exile, analyst cum researcher, technology evangelist, blogger, ex-physicist, social/political commentator, etc.. My main focus is research and analysis on various high impact topics in the fields of Open Source, Cloud Computing and the interface between them. I also evangelize Open Source and Cloud Computing in various media outlets, blogs and other public forums. I offer strategic advise to both Cloud Computing and Open Source providers and, also, help other companies take advantage of Open Source and Cloud Computing. In my opinion, Open Source commoditized software and Cloud Computing commoditized computing resources. A combination of these two developments offers a strong competitive advantage to companies of all sizes and shapes. Due to various factors, including fear, the adoption of both Open Source and Cloud Computing are relatively slow in the business sector. So, I take it upon myself to clear any confusion in this regard and educate, enrich and advise users/customers to take advantage of the benefits offered by these technologies. I am also a managing partner in two consulting companies based in India. I blog about Open Source topics at http://open.krishworld.com and Cloud Computing related topics at http://www.cloudave.com.