Ubuntu developer Canonical has disclosed that certified Ubuntu Linux images are now available on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace for customers to access.
The move is part of a collaboration between the two firms to provide greater flexibility for companies developing and deploying large-scale workloads on Oracle Cloud.
Ubuntu Linux has become a popular choice for scale-out workloads in the cloud thanks to its performance, stability and regular updates, according to Canonical. The firm has in fact tied its refresh cycle to that of the OpenStack cloud computing framework, which is now included with Ubuntu as standard.
With this in mind, Canonical said that it is important for organisations to have access to ready-certified images as a way to streamline cloud development and drive greater flexibility in the way production workloads are operated.
"Aside from the obvious cost savings inherent in open source cloud development, one of the key benefits of using official Ubuntu images is that customers use the same operating system at scale in production as in development, at no additional cost, which dramatically simplifies cross-substrate management, migration and re-engineering," said Udi Nachmany, Canonical's head of certified public cloud.
Oracle offers a number of cloud products and services, including the Oracle Cloud public cloud platform with infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service capabilities. In fact, the firm touts Oracle Cloud as "the industry's broadest and most complete public cloud, delivering enterprise-grade services at every level of the cloud technology stack".
The firm also provides the Oracle Cloud Marketplace as a one-stop shop where customers can access certified business applications, and service provider partners can offer various business solutions, including ones that extend Oracle Cloud Applications.
Oracle customers are able to make use of certified Ubuntu Linux images from Oracle Cloud Marketplace and deploy them onto the Oracle Cloud or their own private cloud. The images also include Ubuntu Long Term Support (LTS) release versions, for which Canonical provides paid technical support and guarantees updates for a period of five years from release.
The most recent LTS release was 14.04, launched in April 2014, but this is due to be superseded by Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which is scheduled to ship in April this year.
With a rock-solid support framework and powerful cloud deployment, customers can move mission-critical workloads and applications to their cloud with ease and confidence, Canonical said.
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