Ubuntu into the cloud by launching Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Services

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Cloud Computing the new era of technology has influced many companies accross the industry. There are few big players in this Cloud computing but there is a good news for the open source developers or the companies following open source. Ubuntu which had new version earlier this year , Canonical the founder of ubuntu has launched a new professional services to help and support users building 'private Clouds' behind the corporate firewall.

Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC), an open-source system that enables organisations to build their own clouds that match the interface of Amazon EC2. Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (also known as "EC2") is a commercial web service that allows customers to rent computers on which to run their own computer applications.A customer can create, launch, and terminate server instances as needed, paying by the hour for active servers, hence the term "elastic".

Option for creating private clouds can optimise server use for an organization. Ubuntu is the first Linux(Debian) distribution to provide cloud services. Opensource adapting the cloud services shows the importance of the cloud concept though some industry experts speak about dis advantages of adapting cloud computing.

"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."

As per the info, Yearly pricing for entry-level support for five physical servers and up to 25 virtual Ubuntu servers is US$4,750 for 9x5 standard support and US$17,500 for 24x7 advanced support. Additional support packs are available per physical server and per ten virtual servers for US$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 US$90,000 p.a. for standard support and US$150,000 p.a. for advanced.

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