Canonical and Eucalyptus Launch Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Services
Article by George Norman
On 02 Jul 2009
Canonical, company that specializes in promoting Ubuntu and other free software projects, has teamed up with Eucalyptus, an open-source system for implementing on-premise private and hybrid clouds using the hardware and software infrastructure that is in place, to provide enterprises private cloud assessment, proof-of concept and support services. The Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Services that Canonical launched earlier this week are meant to aid and support those who set up private clouds and manage cloud infrastructures behind a corporate firewall.

Back in April, Canonical released a technical preview of Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC). UEC is an open-source system that allows organizations to build clouds that match the Amazon EC2 interface; now UEC is available as part of the Ubuntu Server Edition technology stack. There are advantages to setting up your own cloud with UEC: optimize server use, increase data-center efficiency, lower costs, give the end-user self-service IT. With Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Services, Canonical can help any enterprise set up these environments with maximum efficiency.


A comment on the topic has been provided CEO of Canonical, Mark Shuttleworth: “Enterprises are realizing that building 'private clouds' enables them to better manage variable workloads, while reducing the waste of idle servers. Building on open-source technology also avoids the issue of vendor lock-in. Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud enables businesses to do this - and the addition of these services helps them to do it with confidence.”

CEO of Eucalyptus, Woody Rollins, also provided a comment: “While the IT industry talks of future strategies and releases vapour ware, UEC today allows businesses to deploy and now support a 'private cloud' on open source technologies from a renowned Linux provider. We are very excited to lend our expertise to building the type of professional services that will help more businesses discover the benefits of private clouds built on open technologies.”

Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Services pricing an availability details are available here.

Tags: Canonical, Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Services, Eucalyptus
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