Canonical offers to build and manage OpenStack clouds

Cloud computing

Ubuntu developer Canonical is to introduce a fully managed service under which it will build, support and maintain an on-premise private cloud for customers, based on its version of the OpenStack platform.

Announced by Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth during a keynote at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta, Your Cloud sees the firm offering to build and manage an OpenStack-based infrastructure-as-a-service private cloud for a customer at a price of $15 per server per day.

Canonical is currently registering interest from organisations only via its website, but described the upcoming offering as a fully managed service for customers wanting to outsource the management and maintenance of their cloud to experts in the field.

The resulting cloud can be hosted in a customer’s own data centre, on their own hardware, or with a service provider of their choosing, the firm said.

Canonical last month released Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, the first version of its Linux platform backed by long-term support to integrate the OpenStack framework, in this case the latest Icehouse release.

Also at the OpenStack Summit, Canonical revealed that it was collaborating with IBM on key technologies in OpenStack, specifically those involving orchestration.

IBM is to contribute to the development of Canonical’s Juju tool, for example, and build out a set of Juju-enabled services such as BlueMix. The pair are also working to integrate Juju with Heat, the orchestration framework in OpenStack, so that OpenStack users with Heat templates can now continue to use those and benefit from more powerful orchestration using Juju.

Canoncial is collaborating with IBM on the Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (Tosca) initiative from the Oasis standards body. This aims to deliver standard specifications for describing processes to create or modify web services, and the pair are working to ensure that Juju is in lockstep with the Tosca specification, according to Canonical.

14 May 2014 | 12:20 pm – Source:

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