Canonical and Autonomic Resources are teaming up to offer Dell Blade servers preinstalled with the Eucalyptus-based Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud to the federal government to speed up cloud deployments.
Canonical and Autonomic Resources announced an integrated cloud computing
platform for use in the federal government.
consists of Ubuntu
Enterprise Cloud and Dell Blade servers, Autonomic said. The combined offering
allows "budget-restricted" government agencies to invest in
large-scale and efficient cloud computing deployments, Autonomic said.
"We are delighted that the benefits of open-source based cloud
computing technology is now available to U.S.
government agencies," said Neil Levine, vice president of corporate
services at Canonical.
is based on Eucalyptus
, an open-source cloud operating system with built-in
support for Amazon EC2 APIs. A cloud computing provider for the federal
government, Autonomic has used UEC for private cloud deployments in the private
sector, the company said.
ARC-P-UEC comes bundled with Canonical's Ubuntu Advantage support service
for servers and clouds, which gives access to telephone support as well as the "Landscape"
system management platform. Government IT managers are spared from installation
headaches because UEC is preinstalled on Dell servers as a "turnkey
solution," Levine said.
Canonical has been busy with a number of cloud partnerships recently. Less
than a week ago, Canonical announced cloud-ready servers with UEC preinstalled
PowerEdge C2100 and C6100
servers. Canonical publicly announced it will
support OpenStack, another open-source cloud operating system backed by
Rackspace and NASA in the next version of Ubuntu Server, expected in April.
Canonical will also announce another set of cloud-ready servers with OpenStack
preinstalled on Dell PowerEdge C6100 servers, Barton George, cloud computing
and scale-out evangelist at Dell's Data Center Solutions division, told eWEEK.
The federal government's new "Cloud First" policy requires federal
IT staff to consider cloud computing when planning their IT projects, said John
Keese, Autonomic's president. "Our offering is meant to make cloud
adoption friction free and straight forward," he said.
United States CIO Vivek Kundra announced
the "Cloud First" policy in December to encourage federal government
agencies to cut costs and make IT operations more efficient by deploying cloud
applications. Kundra specified that all agencies must move at least one system
to a hosted environment in 2011. The Department
moved its Website to Amazon EC2 early in January.
Autonomic Resources is selling a certified UEC bundle on Dell Blade servers
through the U.S. General Services Administration 70 supply contract, the
company said. It is priced as a "fully racked and baseline configured
private cloud" that can be "rolled in" to the data center, Keese
The ARC-P offers rapid private or hybrid cloud adoption for agencies, said
Autonomic is just one of the several cloud service providers working with
the federal government. Software-as-a-service provider Enviance has been
working with the United States Army in a "deep" cloud pilot since
2005, Larry Goldenhersh, Enviance CEO, told
eWEEK. The pilot rolled out a number of environmental compliance projects,
including greenhouse gas emissions and waste management, across all commands in
the army, he said.
Commercially available cloud-based computing products work just as well
within the federal government, Goldenhersh said. The Army is a "shining
example" of that, as it connects to the same Enviance system that is used
by DuPont, another customer, Goldenhersh said. Federal agencies no longer have
to build custom software or launch highly customized applications, he said. "Vivek
Kundra wants to end customized development in the government," Goldenhersh