Canonical Extends Ubuntu Linux With Ericsson Partnership
NFV and OpenStack expertise are at the core of the deal that will see Ubuntu become the host operating system for Ericsson's cloud offering.Canonical, the lead commercial sponsor behind the open-source Ubuntu Linux operating system, announced on March 26 that it has entered into a three-year partnership with Ericsson. As part of the deal, Ericsson will use Ubuntu as the host operating system for the Ericsson Cloud System platform. Both Ericsson and Canonical are members of the OpenStack Foundation. It's unclear how much money Canonical will generate from the partnership, though Canonical executives do expect it to be substantial. "We do not report on financial value of partnerships that include engineering and go-to-market collaboration," John Zannos, vice president of Alliance Partners at Canonical, told eWEEK. "However, I will say that we expect the revenue associated with this partnership to be material to both companies over the next three years." The relationship between Canonical and Ericsson is built on an engineering and go-to-market collaboration that will go beyond just using Ubuntu as the host OS for Ericsson's Cloud System platform, according to Zannos. That said, Ubuntu as the host OS is the first phase, and Zannos noted that Canonical is working with Ericsson to keep its cloud solutions on the most recent version of the Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support), which is currently Ubuntu 14.04.
The Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, known as the "Trusty Tahr," was first released on April 17. Canonical has LTS releases every two years, and each LTS offers the promise of up to five years of support. There are also non-LTS releases that receive only nine months of security updates and support, with the most recent being the Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn," which was released on Oct. 23, 2014. A Ubuntu 15.04 "Vivid Vervet" release is scheduled to debut on April 23.