Is there a stand-alone installer package available for Hipchat Server?
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Is there a standalone installer package available for Hipchat Server instead of the OVA or AMI images?
We only offer the OVA and AMI images for deployment of Hipchat Server.
Why is installing Hipchat Server different from other Atlassian products such as Jira or Confluence?
We've chosen the virtualized environment for a few reasons. Hipchat Server is a persistent chat system that operates in real time and this requires that resources be dedicated, rather than shared, to operate effectively. These real-time resources are important because of the many services that Hipchat Server runs in parallel. As Hipchat Server scales to connect several thousand users at once, effective allotment of these resources become mission critical.
In addition, Hipchat Server is composed of several moving parts and data stores and the virtualized environment allows the engineering team to tightly couple these parts together and ensure the system works well with the backend OS (Ubuntu). This greatly improves quality control and speeds up development to get the latest features/fixes vetted internally and out the door to you.
Lastly, most virtualized environments allow the creation of snapshots, which are the saved state of the running system at a given time. These states can be captured and rolled back to at any time. Most VM software allows scheduling of these snapshots on a regular basis, which is a bonus for those who are looking for multiple backup options.
Will a stand-alone installer deployment option happen?
Due to the way Hipchat was designed and built, it will never be possible to provide a comparable "stand-alone" instance of Hipchat.