|[April 15, 2014]
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS the Cloud Platform of Choice
LONDON --(Business Wire)--
Canonical today announces Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will be released on 17th
April 2014, bringing a new level of reliability, performance and
interoperability to cloud and scale out environments with support and
maintenance for five years.
"Ubuntu is the primary platform for cloud - public, private or hybrid.
In this release, our third LTS with deep roots in cloud, we raise the
bar for efficiency and orchestration at scale. That's why businesses are
adopting Ubuntu as they move to the cloud computing era," says Mark
Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and Canonical.
Global enterprises including AT&T, Bharti, Bouygues Telecom, British
Telecom, China Telecom, China Unicom, Cogent Communications, Comcast,
Deutsche Telekom, Korea Telecom, NEC, NTT (News - Alert), Numergy, Orange
France, Time Warner Cable, Turk Telecom, Verizon and Yandex, as well as
leading web scale services such as Netflix, Instagram, Hipchat and Quora
are all building next generation services on Ubuntu.
"Time Warner Cable (TWC) is running Ubuntu OpenStack and partnering
with Canonical as part of our strategy to improve infrastructure
utilisation and accelerate service innovation, deployment, and delivery.
We're looking forward to seeing the latest 14.04 LTS release,"
says Matt Haines, VP at Time Warner Cable.
"Using Ubuntu OpenStack is enabling NEC (News - Alert) to maximise margins on
cloud services, minimise cloud deployment risks and speed up time
to market. The arrival of 14.04 LTS supporting OpenStack Icehouse
version promises a great release for continuing to reap benefits of
cloud," comments Shou Watanabe, Executive Specialist at NEC.
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS runs on all major public cloud services, creating a
common platform that enables ISVs, SAAS providers and end users the
freedom to choose the cloud provider that best meets their needs by
service level, regulatory compliance or jurisdiction.
Canonical works with service providers including AWS, Azure, HP Cloud,
Joyent, and IBM SoftLayer (News - Alert) and SmartCloud to optimise Ubuntu and ensure a
consistent, quality cloud experience. Choosing Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on those
platforms enables users to deploy cloud applications securely, knowing
they will be supported with patches and updates for many years.
Bryan Cantrill, SVP of Engineering at Joyent comments; "Ubuntu's
14.04 LTS release provides the latest deployment features and cloud
tools. Ubuntu is already an optimised option for Joyent's high
performance infrastructure, and the latest release continues to provide
a well-supported and efficient platform for mobile, big data and other
Numergy is a leading innovator of cloud in Europe with a focus on
providing services that comply with the data protection requirements of
European enterprises and governments. "Ubuntu OpenStack is the
foundation for our coming services and Canonical has been an
instrumental partner in our work. The importance of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS as
the platform for cloud infrastructure and scale-out workloads cannot be
overstated. We are delighted that we will be offering Ubuntu 14.04
images to our customers and partners shortly after its release,"
comments Patrick Debus-Pesquet, Chief Technology Officer at Numergy.
Hikaru Suzuki, Executive Research Engineer, Vice President, NTT
Software Innovation Center says; "NTT Software Innovation Center
(NTT SIC) is using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS for the development of a new cloud
platform based on OpenStack. Canonical has provided us excellent
technical support including their Cloud Archive service for OpenStack
and NTT SIC is pleased for their effort. NTT SIC further expects
Canonical's experiences and technical knowledge to help us build a
zero-down-time upgrading process. NTT SIC has great expectations for
upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to be the next generation platform of our
Ubuntu is the most interoperable OpenStack platform, with an OpenStack
Interop (News - Alert) Lab (OIL) that covers partners such as Cisco, Brocade, Dell,
EMC, Emulex, Fusion-io, Mellanox Technologies, Open Compute, HP, IBM,
Inktank/Ceph, Intel, Juniper, LSi, SeaMicro and VMware. The Lab runs
over 3,000 OpenStack tests each week, using different combinations of
Ubuntu, OpenStack and third party technologies, to provide customer
assurance of interoperability and performance with their preferred
solutions in private OpenStack environments.
"AMD and Canonical's collaboration enables Ubuntu 14.04 LTS take full
advantage of the AMD's SM15000 capabilities to provide the fastest, most
efficient scale out data center infrastructure with unmatched
scalability. The combination delivers capabilities to automate
the deployment of workloads to acelerate the development and
introduction of new services. The collaboration spans both
physical and virtual machines and offers the flexibility and versatility
needed in today's hyperscale data center," comments Dhiraj
Mallick Corporate Vice President and General Manager Data Center Server
"Ubuntu with OpenStack Icehouse is one of the ideal platforms for
customers deploying cloud as well as next generation software defined
storage environments supported with Brocade network infrastructure,"
says Ken Ross, Director, Product Management, Management Products, Brocade.
Lew Tucker, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Computing
at Cisco says: "Canonical is an important element of Cisco's
OpenStack partner ecosystem for our Application Centric Infrastructure.
We believe Ubuntu 14.04 will deliver the scale, reliability and
performance customers are looking for in OpenStack solutions on Cisco's
Unified Computing System and Nexus 1000V virtual networking platform."
Jose De La Rosa, Dell (News - Alert) Linux Engineering comments; "The
enhanced collaboration efforts between Dell and Canonical over the last
year have ensured that Ubuntu LTS releases and Canonical's cloud
deployment tools continue to run smoothly on Dell PowerEdge and
PowerEdge-C servers. We look forward to continuing that
relationship with Canonical on the 14.04 LTS release."
EMC, the industry leader in storage solutions, continues to
address enterprise OpenStack requirements by building differentiated
customer solutions for scale-out storage with Canonical's Ubuntu. "EMC
is on the leading edge of a burgeoning market," says Mark McLaughlin
Senior Director, Office of the CTO, EMC Corporation. "We are working
closely with Canonical to leverage the breadth of EMC technology and
will continue this work with the arrival of 14.04 by certifying EMC
storage solutions with Ubuntu. In addition, we plan to work with
Canonical's OpenStack Interoperability Lab to test compatibility with
other services and applications."
"Mellanox is pleased to participate in Canonical's OpenStack
Interoperability Lab (OIL) as a supported partner and is looking forward
to the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release," said Kevin Deierling, vice
president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. "With this
release, Canonical is adding VXLAN overlay and RDMA over Converged
Ethernet (RoCE) network support as part of the Ubuntu OpenStack Icehouse
distribution, enabling Mellanox's customers to enjoy the benefits of
RDMA over ethernet for faster more efficient storage and compute
applications on our end-to-end 10/40 GbE switches and adapters in the
Ubuntu Cloud environment."
"Customers of ours that deploy SwiftStack Object storage software
with Ubuntu deliver massive scale, and at unprecedented low costs,"
says Joe Arnold, CEO, SwiftStack, "We're excited about 14.04
LTS, it's a key release that we know will underpin many future
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS includes new versions of Juju and MAAS to design,
deploy and scale services faster than any other platform available
today, on cloud or bare metal. Juju meets the DevOps imperative for
agility, continuous deployment and integration, and MAAS provides
scalable bare-metal deployment. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS also integrates the
latest container technologies from Docker and LXC, OpenVSwitch for
networking, and Ceph for storage.
"As the Docker project gains in popularity, people are looking for
Docker to be tightly integrated into the leading platforms for
development and production. So, we are very excited to see Docker in an
official Ubuntu archive with 14.04. There has long been a strong
relationship between Docker and Ubuntu, and 14.04 LTS provides tight
integration for developers to get access to some of the most important
scale out technologies available today," comments Ben Golub, CEO Docker.
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS introduces support for IBM Power Systems and POWER, the
open architecture from IBM, which is at the centre of the OpenPOWER
Consortium, a cross-industry initiative to bring POWER to large scale
environments such as cloud and analytics.
"Through our new collaboration, we are excited to extend our IBM
Power Systems Linux offerings by having Canonical's Ubuntu OS available
on POWER8 servers," says Doug Balog, IBM, General
Manager, Power Systems. "This partnership provides our clients
seamless and easy migration to Power Systems for unmatched big data and
analytics performance and for simplified cloud deployments with superior
performance economics. The active Linux community joined with
IBM's Power Systems' open server ecosystem together accelerate what's
possible with open innovation."
Ubuntu is the first commercial enterprise platform for hyperscale ARM64
computing, targeting a range of enterprise and vertical market
applications from hosting to telecommunications, with products due in
2014 from a range of global OEMs.
"ARM® and Canonical have a long standing relationship to bring next
generation hyperscale computing to life" says Lakshmi Mandyam,
director of server systems and ecosystems, ARM. "ARM Cortex™ is
driving a wave of innovation in datacentres where the server
infrastructure is the business, and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will help
enterprises like cloud infrastructure companies, web hosting companies
and social media platforms take advantage of this."
"We are pleased to offer the first ARM 64-bit server-on-a-chip
production silicon with full certification for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS,
including all the relevant server workloads and tools to allow
commercial hyperscale deployments on X-Gene. The X-Gene plus Ubuntu
offering means enterprises can now capture substantial TCO savings for
their scale-out data centers," comments Mike Majors, VP at Applied
"Ubuntu 14.04 on Cavium's Thunder processors is the first
commercially supported ARMv8 hyperscale computing platform in the
market. This is a significant milestone as Cavium customers now have
Canonical's commitment for the Long Term Support model for Ubuntu on
Project Thunder. Additionally Cavium and Canonical have continued
to deepen our partnership as we together deliver the highest performing
suite of ARMv8 based solutions for cloud and data center computing"
said Larry Wikelius, Director of Ecosystems and Partner Enabling at Cavium.
"The availability of 14.04 LTS from Ubuntu is a great opportunity for
customers to speed up and simplify the design process,"
comments Sanjay Ball, end equipment manager for HPC and cloud, Texas
Instruments. "With this release, customers can design for
hyperscale computing on TI's KeyStone II based C66AK2H SoC using Ubuntu
environment for the first time."
Ubuntu is now the enterprise platform supported on the widest range of
modern architectures - IBM POWER, ARM64, x86, and x64. With commercial
support available direct from Canonical, Ubuntu is the most reliable,
flexible and feature-rich platform for modern enterprise deployments.
Other supporting statements
Jay Lyman, Senior Analyst, 451 Research: "451 Research
estimates OpenStack distributions to be an $82m market by 2014 and a
$119m market by 2015. With many OpenStack deployments being built on
Ubuntu today, the launch of 14.04 LTS and its latest capabilities and
features make it an important consideration for any organisation
building cloud environments today and going forward."
Kevin Jackson, key author and leader in the OpenStack community: "Ubuntu
has helped establish OpenStack as the leading open cloud platform today
and the Ubuntu Cloud Archive is the default way for many to get the
latest stable releases of OpenStack. 14.04 LTS with Icehouse is much
anticipated by the OpenStack community as offering the right blend of
stability and access to the latest cloud capabilities."
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is available to download from 17 April at www.ubuntu.com/download
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Ubuntu is a free, open-source platform for client, server and cloud
computing. Since its launch in 2004, it has become a natural choice for
large scale deployments, from Fortune 500 companies to hardware makers,
content providers, software developers and individual technologists.
With developers, support staff and engineering centres all over the
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