Canonical and Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) have announced a partnership, which is aimed at making Ubuntu images available on Oracle Cloud. This agreement is aimed at providing enterprises, with significant flexibility in the manner they develop and deploy workload on Oracle Cloud. Ubuntu’s images availability on Oracle Marketplace means that customers will have increased choices and new ways to manage and scale their workload.
Ubuntu Linux is currently one of the most used scale-out workloads in the cloud. This is because of its stability, performance and regular update. Ubuntu images are regularly maintained and tested, meaning only the latest version will be available on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. The fact the Ubuntu also has fact tied its refresh cycle to that of OpenStack cloud-computing framework has also been a major influence for enterprises to uses it.
Udi Nachmany, who is Canonical’s head of certified public cloud, stated that apart from the Obvious, which is cost saving in open source development, one of the main advantagesof using Ubuntu images is the fact that customers get to use the same operating system at scale production without having to incur additional cost. This simplifies cross-substrate management, re-engineering and migration.
Oracle has a number of cloud services and products; these include platform-as-a-service capabilities and Oracle Cloud public cloud platform with infrastructure. Nachmanynotes that Canonical regards Oracle as the industry’s broadest and most complete public cloud, which delivers enterprise-grade services at an entry level of cloud technology stack.
Sanjay Sinha the Vice President, platform product at Oracle also noted that this relationship was a sign of broadening the range of options for enterprise customers. This gives them more choices and flexibility when they are choosing cloud technologies. He noted that there was a growing demand for an innovative new cloud solution. He expressed their delight in having certified Ubuntu images in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is expected to be released in April this year meaning this partnership might have come at the best time. Ubuntu’s current version is 14.04, which was released in April 2014.