"Canonical Cuts its Own Path to Put Linux in the Cloud" from The Next Platform



Dan Robinson, Contributing Editor from The Next Platform published an article last year that is very much relevant today: Canonical Cuts its Own Path to Put Linux in the Cloud

[…] Canonical claims that the combination of Ubuntu and Kubernetes can meet the needs of organizations for one third the cost of RHEL, the Red Hat OpenStack Platform, and the OpenShift PaaS. This combination doesn’t provide the full capabilities of a PaaS, but other open source tools can fill in the gaps.

Meanwhile, a recent report published by 451 Research found that Canonical’s BootStack managed private cloud platform could be operated at a lower cost per virtual machine per month than 25 of the public cloud providers included in 451’s Cloud Price Index (CPI) comparisons. BootStack sees Canonical engineers deploy an OpenStack cloud for customers at the location of their choice, then operate it as a fully managed service. The report, Busting the Myth of Private Cloud Economics, was commissioned from 451 by Canonical.

For organizations operating HPC infrastructure, Canonical has a handful of open source tools it has developed to ease the deployment of complex environments at scale, and repeat those deployments again and again whenever necessary. These tools, such as Juju and MaaS, were developed for quickly standing up private clouds, but prove equally useful in an HPC environment where you may be running a complex simulation one day, then an application using big data analytics tools on a Hadoop framework the next.

Juju was developed to handle the deployment and configuration of the rest of the software stack, including the application and any other applications and services it has dependencies on. […]