Canonical launched Ubuntu 9.10 Server Edition featuring Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) this week, on the heels of Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 R2 release.
UEC is an open source cloud computing environment based on software from Eucalyptus Systems, providing an infrastructure for creating on-premise (private) cloud computing environments. It uses the same application programming interfaces (APIs) as Amazon EC2.
Ubuntu 9.10 Server Edition will also be available on the Amazon EC2 environment as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI). This means images available on UEC or on Amazon's public cloud can be deployed in either a public or private cloud environment, giving users more flexibility.
There will also be a store capability that gives users access to ready-to-deploy appliances for UEC environments. A first preview of this store is available in Ubuntu 9.10 along with a sample appliance.
This release, code named Karmic Koala, also includes enhancements to the core server product and kernel; MySQL 5.1 has been added, the directory stack and Single Sign On tools have been upgraded and support for both Xen (guest) and KVM (host and guest) virtualization was improved.
System management support now includes WBEM (web-based enterprise management) protocols, and Ubuntu's own systems management tool, Landscape, has added a dedicated server to its hosted version so that deployments can be managed entirely within the firewall and will fully support Ubuntu 9.10 Server Edition and UEC.
Canonical had no new hardware certification announcements with this release. Ubuntu 9.10 Server Edition will be available for free download starting October 29.
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