Feeds

HP names Ubuntu top dog for OpenStack cloud

Secure, scalable, "business class"

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Ubuntu has been named "lead host and guest operating system" on Hewlett-Packard's fledgling OpenStack-based cloud.

Canonical has been working closely with HP during the tech juggernaut's cloud beta, which opened one month ago, to ensure Ubuntu provides a secure and scalable "business-class" cloud "for companies of all sizes".

Ubuntu-steward Canonical posted the news online here, which will be delivered in person by Canonical's chief executive Jane Silber at the OpenStack conference in Boston, Massachusetts later on Friday.

Canonical said the development is important announcement for several reasons. "That OpenStack is seen as the platform of choice for building out the largest Public Clouds, and that Ubuntu has what it takes to power OpenStack clouds as a scalable and hardened host OS and responsive and flexible guest OS," Canonical said.

Making Ubuntu the number one guest operating system on HP's cloud is a big bet by the maybe will, maybe won't PC maker. The company's cloud is not yet available, but HP's already promised it'll suit all companies of all sizes and also all clouds public and private.

Canonical decided earlier this year to put OpenStack at the heart of the server version of its Linux distro and retreat from Eucalyptus. This had been the preferred means of spinning up your own clouds using Amazon Machine Images (AMI).

The company said future versions of the Ubuntu Cloud would use OpenStack as a foundation technology. Eucalyptus is now simply an option people can use along with Ubuntu.

Canonical joined the OpenStack project in February. Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth in March said there was a need to prioritise three months after he'd said Ubuntu would have both OpenStack and Eucalyptus-based cloud options - he seemed to be referring to Ubuntu 11.04 in April. The forthcoming Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) package of Ubuntu Server 11.10 will include the OpenStack stack.

Ubuntu had been an early supporter of Eucalyptus: Ubuntu 9.10 lets you spin up your own Amazon-compatible clouds based on AMIs using the Eucalyptus project's code. Shuttleworth, meanwhile, had been an investor in the start-up selling Eucalyptus-based services, Eucalyptus Systems. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION
Code jockeys: count up and grab your fabulous tablets
Twitter App Graph exposes smartphone spyware feature
You don't want everyone to compile app lists from your fondleware? BAD LUCK
Microsoft adds video offering to Office 365. Oh NOES, you'll need Adobe Flash
Lovely presentations... but not on your Flash-hating mobe
prev story

Whitepapers

Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.