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Canonical details BootStack managed OpenStack cloud service

02 Sep 2014
BootStack offers a way for firms to get started with their own cloud

Canonical has unveiled more details of its upcoming offering that will see the firm build and manage an OpenStack cloud computing platform for its customers, for a fee of $15 per host server per day.

Now renamed BootStack, the offering is still being trialled as a private beta. When it is fully available, the service will involve Canonical engineers building and managing a complete OpenStack-based infrastructure-as-a-service (Iaas) private cloud for a customer, to their specifications and using their choice of hardware.

BootStack was first announced under the Your Cloud branding by Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth during a keynote at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta in May. Not only has the name now changed, but Canonical is offering customers the option of having their private cloud hosted by IBM's SoftLayer cloud division, as an alternative to having it built and operated inside their own data centre.

In a posting on the Ubuntu Insights blog, Canonical's cloud marketing manager Sally Radwan explained that BootStack (short for build, operate, and optionally transfer) will make it easier for a customer to get up and running with a cloud platform, and take over the operational management at some point in the future, if required.

"Canonical will manage the cloud for you for a fixed price, relieving you from the pain of recruiting and training OpenStack staff. When your team is ready to take over your cloud operations, Canonical will transfer it to your care. It's the best way to get up and running quickly on OpenStack," she said.

BootStack can deliver a test cloud using as few as five host servers for proof-of-concept purposes, but it can also deliver an enterprise-scale production cloud, backed by 24/7 management and support, Canonical said.

The $15 per host server per day fee excludes the hardware or hosting costs, but does include service-level agreements (SLAs) so that Canonical takes responsibility for the uptime and responsiveness of the customer's cloud infrastructure.

Organisations interested in Canonical's BootStack offering can get in touch with the firm to find out more details via its website.

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Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.

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