[ubuntu-cloud] PR: Canonical Delves Deeper into the Cloud – Launches Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Services

Nick Barcet nick.barcet at canonical.com
Wed Jul 1 14:24:57 BST 2009


Canonical Delves Deeper into the Cloud – Launches Ubuntu Enterprise
Cloud Services

*Partners with Eucalyptus to offer 'private cloud' assessment,
proof-of-concept and support services*

London: July 1, 2009-- Canonical, the founder of the Ubuntu project,
today launched new professional services to help and support users
building 'private clouds', cloud infrastructures behind a corporate

The move follows the technical preview in April of Ubuntu Enterprise
Cloud (UEC), an open-source system that enables organisations to build
their own clouds that match the interface of Amazon EC2. UEC is now
available as part of the Ubuntu Server Edition technology stack.

By creating private clouds with UEC, organisations can optimise server
use and increase data-centre efficiencies, while lowering costs and
providing end users with self-service IT. Ubuntu is the first Linux
distribution to provide such a system and now Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud
Services from Canonical help businesses build these environments with
optimal efficiency.

“Enterprises are realising 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,” said Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical. “Ubuntu
Enterprise Cloud enables businesses to do this  - and the addition of
these services helps them to do it with confidence.”

Canonical has partnered with Eucalyptus, whose eponymous product forms
the base of UEC, to jointly provide the service but with a single
interface for the customer through the Canonical support team.

“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,” said
Woody Rollins, CEO of Eucalyptus. “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
Pricing and Availability

Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Services enable users to scale up from a
five-machine environment all the way to a site license covering all
machines, physical and virtual, in a single location.

Yearly pricing for entry-level support for five physical servers and up
to 25 virtual Ubuntu servers is $4,750 for 9x5 standard support and
$17,500 for 24x7 advanced support. Additional support packs are
available per physical server and per ten virtual servers for $1,250
p.a. for standard support and $3,000 p.a. for advanced.

Site support is also available which covers one geographical location.
It includes an unlimited number of physical and virtual servers for
$90,000 p.a. for standard support and $150,000 p.a. for advanced.

To use Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud, users must first install Ubuntu 9.04
Server Edition available at no charge from

To find out more about Ubuntu Cloud Computing, please visit

To enquire about support, please visit:

For more information on Cloud Services, please visit:

To keep up-to-date with Ubuntu Cloud activity, follow the cloud blog
aggregator: http://cloud.ubuntu.com

Follow Ubuntucloud on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ubuntucloud

To participate in the Ubuntu Cloud Community, join the mailing list:

To find out more about Eucalyptus see: http://www.eucalyptus.com

About Canonical 

Canonical provides engineering, online and professional services to
Ubuntu partners and customers worldwide. As the founder of the Ubuntu
project, Canonical is committed to the production and support of Ubuntu
- an ever-popular and fast-growing open-source operating system. It aims
to ensure that Ubuntu is available to every organisation and individual
on servers, desktops, laptops and netbooks. Canonical partners with
computer hardware manufacturers to certify Ubuntu, provides migration,
deployment, support and training services to businesses, and offers
online services direct to end users. Canonical also builds and maintains
collaborative, open-source development tools to ensure that
organisations and individuals can participate fully in innovations
within the open-source community. For more information, please visit

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