After needing to get Redmine up and running and having nothing but problems with installing gems, I decided to take a look at Bitnami where they advertise “Deploy your favorite apps in the cloud and anywhere else.”
I decided to give that a shot as well as to use Bitnami Cloud Hosting for some of my sites. I had been with my managed host for almost ten years – and after a number of issues (redmine installation being the last straw) – I wanted to try something new. After a few weeks of playing around, testing, and monitoring – I have really come to love everything about Bitnami.
I am easily able to focus on development and fun projects without being bogged down with system level issues. My favorite part? I still have full root server access to my servers to customize my environment if needed. My second favorite part? Monitoring (notifications too) as well as backups are a breeze.