Open edX powered by Bitnami now available in Amazon Web Services Marketplace

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Open edX powered by Bitnami now available in Amazon Web Services Marketplace

Global availability of Open edX instances to thrive with AWS Marketplace listing

Cambridge, MA – June 25, 2015 – EdX, the open-source, nonprofit online learning destination offering MOOCs from some of the world’s best universities and institutions to learners around the globe, today announced that Open edX, the open-source platform powering edx.org, is now available for free in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace (AWS usage fees apply). The Open edX package, powered by Bitnami, provides a basic version of the Open edX platform that, with just one click (and acceptance of license terms), installs easily on AWS, and supports Internet scale deployments that can host thousands of courses for hundreds of thousands of learners.

Featured as an education and research product, Open edX powered by Bitnami includes a course management system that provides an array of authoring tools to help educators create courses that foster engaged online learning communities. Availability in the AWS Marketplace will connect Open edX powered by Bitnami with educational institutions and other organizations interested in offering courses and training to their audiences of learners.

“We are so pleased that Open edX powered by Bitnami is listed in the AWS Marketplace,” said Beth Porter, Vice President of Product, edX. “Now greater numbers of individuals and institutions will be able to discover and access Open edX, which will help grow our open source community and ultimately accelerate improvements in the platform.”

Bitnami, an open source application packager and environment developer, selected Open edX as a contest winner. Bitnami worked with Open edX to develop a package that could be hosted in the AWS Marketplace.

“Bitnami users have the opportunity to vote for their favorite applications and a winner is selected and packaged each month. EdX’s recent win demonstrates a  demand for tools that support eLearning, and we’re happy to see edX join the Bitnami Library,” said Erica Brescia, Bitnami COO. “Bitnami is committed to helping software providers embrace the movement to the cloud. We are excited to provide improved cloud capabilities for edX, while helping millions of people gain access to the platform that powers online learning.”

Open edX operators can extend the platform to meet their particular learners' needs, and then contribute their features, extensions, translations, and bug fixes back to the platform in order to benefit the entire community and strengthen the Open edX ecosystem.

“We are delighted to have Open edX in the AWS Marketplace,” said Dave McCann, Vice President of AWS Marketplace. “This offering further expands our selection in the Education category.”

Institutions and organizations around the world use Open edX to reach their audiences of learners, including Stanford University, the Queen Rania Foundation of Jordan and more. Currently, there are more than a 100 instances of Open edX in more than 20 different countries around the world. With more than 1,200 courses powered by Open edX platforms, there are now hundreds of thousands of learners enrolled and engaged in courses powered by Open edX, in addition to the more than four million learners on edx.org.

“We are delighted with Open edX, its ease of use and the possibilities it gives our teachers,” said Professor Despujol, Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Spain. “We enjoy being a part of the thrilling open-source development community all over the world.

Open edX-powered courses are available at edx.org, contributed by the member organizations of edX. EdX is committed to offering free, high quality courses to learners worldwide and advancing the state of digital learning on campus and online through research and development.

Open edX powered by Bitnami is available in the AWS Marketplace at https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace/pp/B00ZPVRGC4/ref=brs_res_product_title and is also available immediately from www.bitnami.com/stack/edX.

Read more about the Bitnami contest at https://bitnami.com/contest.

About edX
EdX is a nonprofit, open-source learning destination offering online courses from more than 70 member institutions, composed of both leading global universities and colleges and a diverse group of prominent organizations from around the world. Founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and based in Cambridge, MA, USA, edX is focused on transforming online and on-campus learning through groundbreaking methodologies, game-like experiences and cutting-edge research on an open-source platform.

About Bitnami
Bitnami is a library of popular server applications and development environments that can be installed in a click, either on your laptop, in a virtual machine or hosted in the cloud. With over a million deployments each month, Bitnami.com has become the world’s most popular destination for many of today’s most popular applications. Bitnami-packaged apps provide a consistent, secure and up-to-date optimized end-user experience on any platform. We take care of compiling and configuring the application and all of its dependencies (third-party libraries, language runtimes, databases) so it works out-of-the-box. The company is also the largest source of 

Contact

Name:
Rachel Lapal
Email:
rlapal@edx.org
Phone:
617-324-7055
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