Last week in Part 1 of vCloud Air Dev/Test Blog Series, we saw how to easily perform upgrades to Windows Server 2003 VMs in an isolated VMware vCloud® Air™ Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand environment, without posing any risk to production apps or infrastructure. This week in Part 2 of this blog series, we will see how to quickly try out new applications that can provide new business value without any constraints on your existing infrastructure.
You saw in the previous blog that vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand not only offers great agility and on-demand capacity but also offers unique compatibility with existing on-premises environments to improve testing accuracy. That means you can decrease time to market by quickly testing out new packaged applications without waiting for weeks to provision resources. You can also eliminate overheads by de-provisioning the virtual machine to get rid of excess capacity if you are not happy with the packaged application.
In part 2 of this blog series, we are showcasing the concept of testing a packaged application on vCloud Air with Bitnami. Bitnami is an industry standard service that IT, developers, and LoB users turn to for deploying applications in the cloud. VMware has recently partnered with Bitnami to bring the Bitnami Stack to vCloud Air and we have introduced Bitnami Launchpad for vCloud Air as a part of this. Launchpad is a tool to deploy any Bitnami stack in vCloud Air using only a couple of clicks and is available at vmware.bitnami.com. If you are a Bitnami fan, you can just use the Bitnami APIs to deploy the latest versions of your favorite applications and development stacks on vCloud Air.