Microsoft collaborates with Bitnami to give production-ready solutions using MySQL in Azure
Published Aug 03 2020 10:49 PM 4,638 Views
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Today I am happy to announce an expansion of our longstanding partnership with Bitnami (now part of VMware) to deliver a collection of production-ready templates on the Azure marketplace for our open source database services—namely, MySQL, MariaDB, and Postgres.


In this blog post you can learn about the Bitnami Certified Apps (what many of us call “templates”) for our Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for MariaDB services are available on the Azure Marketplace and are production-ready.  You can also find Bitnami templates using Azure Database for PostgreSQL. 



More importantly, these Bitnami templates make it easy for you to manage the complexity of modern software deployments.


And when we say the Bitnami templates make it easy, we mean easy: these templates for our Azure open source databases give you a one-click solution to deploy your applications for production workloads. Bitnami packages the templates following industry standards—and continuously monitors all components and libraries for vulnerabilities and application updates.


Invent with purpose on Azure with Bitnami templates !

Bitnami templates available with PostgreSQL on Azure Marketplace


The current collection of Bitnami production-ready templates on the Azure marketplace are for these applications.

  1. Magento for MySQL
  2. Moodle for MySQL
  3. Wordpress for MariaDB
  4. Drupal for MariaDB

The Bitnami Community Catalog on the Azure Marketplace give you certified applications that are always up-to-date, highly secure, and built to work right out of the box.

In these solution templates for the Azure open source database services, our Azure and Bitnami engineering teams have worked together to incorporate all the best practices for performance, scale, and security—to make the Bitnami templates ready for you to consume, with no additional integration work necessary.

Magento with MySQL on Azure

Magento running on Azure Database for MySQLMagento running on Azure Database for MySQL

Caption : Magento with Azure Database for MySQL


Since so many of us are staying at home right now, I suspect that many of you are using some type of online retailer to purchase groceries and everyday home items. Many online retailers are built on top of Magento, an open source e-commerce solution developed in PHP.  Bitnami simplifies the deployment of Magento on Azure with an Azure Marketplace solution that runs Magento on a Virtual machine and uses Azure Database for MySQL for data storage with ProxySQL for load balancing.


Try Magento with Azure Database for MySQL


Moodle with MySQL on Azure


Moodle running with Azure Database for MySQLMoodle running with Azure Database for MySQL


Caption : Moodle with Azure Database for MySQL


With schools trying to provide online education to their students whether it is an elementary school or a university, Moodle can help you build a learning hub quickly and with ease. This Bitnami template for Moodle uses a virtual machine for the application front-end and the Azure Database for MySQL service for the application data. It is also configured to provide high availability, ease of scaling, and high performance.  


Try Moodle with Azure Database for MySQL

WordPress with MariaDB on Azure

WordPress with Azure database for MariaDBWordPress with Azure database for MariaDB


Caption: WordPress with Azure Database for MariaDB


You can create a hassle-free WordPress application for a company blog website or eCommerce Website using this template for Azure. This solution uses a virtual machine for the application front-end and the Azure Database for MariaDB service for the application data in addition to ProxySQL load-balancer. You get high availability with the ProxySQL load-balancer as well as high performance.

Check out our Azure Friday video on how to deploy WordPress on Azure using this Bitnami template (and MariaDB of course.)


Try WordPress with Azure Database for MariaDB


Drupal with MariaDB on Azure

Drupal with Azure database for MariaDBDrupal with Azure database for MariaDB

Caption: Drupal with Azure Database for MariaDB


Whether you are creating websites for non-profits, healthcare providers, government agencies, or other organizations—it’s easy to build, run, and optimize your Drupal-based websites on Azure.

With our Bitnami template for Drupal, you get a virtual machine for the application front-end and the Azure Database for MariaDB service for the application data. The production-ready template is configured to provide high performance and better database scalability for your application.


Try Drupal with Azure Database for MariaDB

Grafana with MariaDB on Azure

Grafana with Azure Database for MariaDBGrafana with Azure Database for MariaDB

 Caption: Grafana with Azure Database for MariaDB


I suspect many of you love Grafana. I know I do. With this Bitnami template for Grafana, you can build an application monitoring application on Azure that can help you troubleshoot and investigate issues with your solutions, no matter where the diagnostics data and metrics are stored. You can process massive amounts of data and visualize the data through customizable dashboards. This Bitnami template for Grafana uses a multi-node Grafana front-end and the Azure Database for MariaDB service for the application data. 


Try Grafana with Azure Database for MariaDB


If you’re building an application on Azure using Grafana, Drupal, Wordpress, Moodle, or Magento—plus our MySQL or MariaDB managed databases—here are a few of the reasons I recommend you consider taking advantage of the Bitnami templates on the Azure Marketplace.


Bitnami templates lower your TCO


These Bitnami production-ready templates are available to you at no additional cost than the underlying Azure services being used to host the application. These services are already optimized to reduce the total cost of ownership using the elastic cloud infrastructure.

You also get Azure advisor recommendations for your managed database service, so you can scale up or down based on your usage telemetry.


Managed database services on Azure enable you to focus on your application—not your database


Azure managed database services provide high availability with 99.9% SLA and ease of scale up or down your servers based on what your application needs are. You can easily backup and perform point-in-time restore for business continuity and disaster recovery. Using ProxySQL for WordPress and Magento solutions that provides intelligent load balancing across different databases and scalability to transparent route the traffic to read replicas to scale out.


Security benefits that are built into Azure


With these Bitnami templates on Azure, you can use built-in security features like using SSL connectivity to the database server and using Azure Role-based access control (RBAC) to control who has access to the server.


You can also use our Advanced Threat Protection feature for the managed databases to detect anomalous activities indicating unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit databases.


You can also read this blog post from Bitnami (now part of VMWare). We are thrilled to work with Bitnami and focus on simplifying the experience for developers to build solutions using community based applications like WordPress , Moodle and more.



What our leaders are saying about the Bitnami & Azure collaboration


Sunil Kamath is Director of Product Management for OSS databases at Microsoft Azure Data—here is Sunil’s take on the importance of our partnership:


“Developers want simple, fast ways to deploy production-ready solutions on the cloud. We have been excited about our partnership with Bitnami—now part of VMware—to deliver what customers say they care about the most. Today, together with Bitnami, we are thrilled to launch new production-ready and enterprise-grade Bitnami templates for WordPress, Drupal, Magento, and more, making it easier than ever for developers to run these solutions on the Azure cloud. These solutions are built to fully utilize the best-in-class intelligence, enterprise security, and scalability offered by Azure database services for MySQL, MariaDB, and PostgreSQL.“


Daniel Lopez is the former CEO/Founder of Bitnami and is now Sr. Director R&D at VMware. When asked for his perspective on the partnership with Microsoft Azure, Daniel said:


“Bitnami has worked closely with Microsoft for many years to provide Azure customers with a wide array of ready to deploy open source software in a variety of formats including virtual machines, containers, Helm Charts, and ARM Templates; and across environments including Azure and Azure Stack. Our recent expansion of this partnership with the Azure Data team is a particularly exciting area of development as we’re bringing together the convenience and simplicity of Bitnami applications with the power and scalability of Azure Data services; creating a low-friction and high-value win for customers. We’re also proud of this collaboration in highlighting the type of innovation and benefits the cloud operating model allows us to unlock.”


Want to learn more about Azure open source databases & Bitnami?


Below are some resources if you want to dig in further and try out some of these Bitnami production-ready templates with our Azure open source databases.


Oh and if you have ideas for more Bitnami templates we should create that you think you and other developers would benefit from on the Azure Marketplace, please provide feedback on UserVoice. We would love your input.


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