[ Ubuntu-cm ] New Canonical services help businesses get ahead with Ubuntu Server and Ubuntu Desktop

Joben Bissong jobenbissong at gmail.com
Tue Jun 8 09:35:42 BST 2010

New Canonical services help businesses get ahead with Ubuntu Server
and Ubuntu Desktop
“Ubuntu Advantage” provides configurable support services to businesses

LONDON, June 7, 2010 -- Canonical today introduced Ubuntu Advantage –
a comprehensive service that combines systems management tools,
technical support, access to online resources, training and legal
assurance. It is built to help businesses who have deployed Ubuntu as
a desktop and/or server solution to become more successful in their
adoption of the platform. The new subscription package gives
organisations a single service to underwrite their investment in
Ubuntu and is split into different service levels to cater to the
different uses of Ubuntu in business.

"It has become clear as the use of Ubuntu in the enterprise increases,
that businesses are now using Ubuntu in more areas of business than
before, including as a cloud platform," said Neil Levine, vice
president of Corporate Services at Canonical. "Ubuntu Advantage
provides the set of services that companies need to make Ubuntu a core
part of their IT strategy. Flexible pricing and a choice of service
levels means any business can realise what our customers already
experience - that to optimise your Ubuntu deployment, engaging with
the appropriate Canonical service is the easiest and fastest route to

The systems management and monitoring tool, Landscape, is central to
the Ubuntu Advantage service. It significantly reduces the time
necessary to manage large numbers of machines by enabling systems
administrators to manage them as easily as one – including physical,
virtualised and even cloud platforms. Landscape can automate repeated
tasks, provide consistency and eliminate errors so that IT staff can
spend time on more business-critical activities.

“Landscape saves us many hours a week that we can now spend optimizing
our existing services and developing new offerings for our brand
serverloft to increase our competitive advantage,” said Guido Nickels,
head of System Administration at PlusServer AG.

Through technical support, access to expert help and legal assurance,
Ubuntu Advantage enables organisations to place the Ubuntu platform at
the core of their IT infrastructure. Businesses can select a single
subscription service that covers and scales to their requirements
rather than an one-size-fits-all approach. Technical support can be
selected depending on the complexity of the workload making it
accessible and cost-effective for more businesses.

“Both Landscape and technical support from Canonical have been
instrumental to our company's successful use of Ubuntu," said Andy
Newton, director at Emphony Technologies. "It has been significantly
easier to grow and manage our infrastructure using these services than
going alone."
Pricing and service structure for Ubuntu Advantage


OR SEE: http://www.canonical.com/enterprise-services/ubuntu-advantage/overview
Useful Links

    * Ubuntu Advantage for Servers specification and pricing
    * Ubuntu Advantage for Desktops specification and pricing
    * Case Study for PlusServer's use of Landscape

About Canonical

Canonical provides engineering, online and professional services to
Ubuntu partners and customers worldwide. As the company behind 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

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 www.canonical.com.



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