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Canonical Looks to OpenStack For Future Cloud

Canonical Looks to OpenStack For Future Cloud

Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent company, has chosen OpenStack for its new Ubuntu cloud foundation technology. The news comes after Canonical started playing around with OpenStack earlier this year.

While all this is happening, Neil Levine, Canonical's VP of corporate services (including the cloud), has jumped ship to start a new company, Soba Labs.

This means that Ubuntu, OpenStack, and not Eucalyptus will make up the core of the Ubuntu Cloud. The company claims that the current releases of the Eucalyptus-based Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC), will not be impacted.

They say; "Eucalyptus will continue to be a available for download and will be supported by Canonical. This means that customers who have deployed private clouds based on existing Ubuntu releases will continue to receive maintenance, and in the case of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Long Term Support) this will continue through to April 2015.

Eucalyptus will remain within Ubuntu and will be available for users who prefer this technology. For customers with existing private cloud deployments, Ubuntu will provide tools to automate the migration process to the Ubuntu Server 11.10 release when it is released in October 2011."

This means customers can still use the Eucalyptus-based Ubuntu cloud, but eventually they will shift to the OpenStack version. This, for many, is likely to be in October with the Ubuntu Server 11.10 release.

If you really like Eucalyptus for your cloud, you won't need to change though. MÃ¥rten Mickos Eucalyptus's CEO says, "Eucalyptus will continue to fully support Ubuntu Linux. The UEC is a set of extensions to Eucalyptus that Canonical maintains as add-ons to the baseline set of Eucalyptus Ubuntu packages. We plan to continue to package Eucalyptus for Ubuntu; it is the set of add-ons that will no longer be supported by Canonical. While the packaging in UEC is a benefit for experimenters who want to get going quickly with an easy installation, production sites will want to configure their on-premise cloud to their own specification. They may even use multiple Linux distros in the same cloud deployment. Indeed, many of our users run Eucalyptus on Ubuntu Linux without Canonical's UEC enhancement."

As for Levine, the website for Soba reveals that it's "developing an infrastructure analytics platform for cloud-based systems."

Levine is not the first senior technical leaders to leave in recent times. Last week Matt Zimmerman, Canonical's long time CTO parted from the company. Is this too much change at once for Canonical?


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