BitNami Releases Virtual Appliances for SugarCRM, Wordpress, Alfresco, Drupal and More

BitRock, sponsor of the BitNami Project, has released all of the BitNami Application Stacks as SUSE-based virtual appliances. In conjunction with the release, BitRock has announced that it will extend its Custom Stacks Service to include virtual appliance creation.

_San Francisco, CA. July 30, 2009 – _BitRock Inc, the leading provider of cross platform deployment tools and services, today announced the release of all of the BitNami Stacks as SUSE-based virtual appliances. BitNami users can now download ready-to-run BitNami Appliances for open source applications such as SugarCRM, Drupal, Wordpress, Alfresco and many others. The appliances are available free of charge from the BitNami project website, BitNami.org.

Now BitNami users have a choice of downloading an easy-to-use, self-contained installer or a virtual appliance for over 30 open source application stacks. Both deployment options make it fast and easy to get up and running with freely available applications for customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise content management (ECM), blogs, wikis, bug-tracking and more.

The BitNami application appliances showcase BitRock's new virtual appliance creation service, an extension of the Custom Stacks Service it has been offering to industry-leading software vendors for the past 4 years. BitRock has developed technology to interface with SUSE Studio and automatically generate virtual appliances from BitRock-created application stacks. With the new virtual appliance creation service, BitRock clients can cost-effectively offer their users a choice of deployment options (native installers or virtual appliances), so they can choose the one that best meets their needs.

"We are delighted to see leading companies such as BitRock choose openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise to transform the way they package and distribute their software offerings," said Kevin Pereau, director, ISV Ecosystems, Novell. "Their support for the SUSE Appliance Program from Novell is a smart example of how ISVs can quickly deliver existing applications to physical, virtual and cloud computing environments; reduce sales cycles and pursue new business opportunities."

"Over the past several months, we have been seeing increased interest in virtual appliances from both our commercial clients and the BitNami community." said Daniel Lopez Ridruejo, founder and CTO of BitRock. "We're happy to be able to provide both groups with a choice of deployment options, so users can select the one that works best for their particular environment."

To learn more about BitRock's Custom Stacks and virtual appliance creation service, visit www.bitrock.com/virtual_appliances. To download the BitNami Appliances, visit bitnami.com/suse.

About BitRock

BitRock provides tools and services to help software companies build their businesses. Working with BitRock enables software vendors to deliver their software in easy to install packages, gain more insight into their user base and offer value-added services such as automated updates to their customers.

Founded in 2003, BitRock is a privately held software company with offices in Seville, Spain and San Francisco, USA BitRock's clients range from large corporations and governments to independent software vendors and educational institutions, as well as the leading commercial open source companies.

Please visit www.bitrock.com for additional information.

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