Dell partners with Canonical to make open-source cloud infrastructure available via Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud.
Canonical has announced the availability of Ubuntu Enterprise
Cloud running on Dell PowerEdge C2100 and C6100 servers in an integrated
This new solution enables Dell's U.S.-based customers to
easily deploy IAAS (infrastructure as a service), Canonical officials said. The
standard edition released Feb. 2 enables software developers and IT
organizations to run cloud proof-of-concept programs by providing an optimized,
pre-configured testing and development environment. Workloads can easily be
shared with external providers for capacity growth based on Ubuntu's
open-source implementation of Amazon Web Services cloud computing services.
PowerEdge C Servers and Ubuntu software will ship with tested
reference architectures and a detailed implementation guide plus support from
Dell and Canonical experts, Canonical said.
"Open source is the driving force of cloud computing however
we choose to define the concept," said Neil Levine, vice president of corporate
Services at Canonical, in a statement. "This initiative is a great way for U.S.
businesses to realize the power of this approach -- the efficiency, savings and
flexibility it brings and the power it can deliver to any data center --
and to start developing their internal cloud infrastructures with hardware and
support from a familiar and trusted source."
"Partnering with Canonical has allowed us to deliver an IAAS
solution in a tightly integrated package based on open standards," said Andy
Rhodes, executive director of marketing, Data Center Solutions (DCS)
Division at Dell, also in a statement. "This product release fits into our
strategy of bringing technologies to market where we can optimize efficiency at
every layer, including servers, storage and code. In this way we are making
computing resources more accessible to a wider variety of businesses including
telcos, hosters, media and entertainment, and financial services, where there
is a substantial amount of software development work."
Meanwhile, "The Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud -- based on
Eucalyptus -- is the leading cloud distribution in the world, popular among
software developers and Web companies," said Marten Mickos, CEO of
Eucalyptus Systems, in a statement. "The integration and availability of
UEC on Dell servers will be ideal for the growing number of organizations that
are building new consumer-facing cloud services and need cloud-ready servers.
We are pleased that the Eucalyptus private cloud software, as part of the UEC,
will now impact an even broader market."