Ubuntu 14.10 Offers Improved App Deployment, Orchestration
Also known as the Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.10 expands the Juju charms orchestration system. Juju now has the ability to "charm" Hadoop big data deployments.Canonical, the lead commercial sponsor of the open-source Ubuntu Linux operating system, came out today with its 14.10 release, also known as the Utopic Unicorn. The 14.10 release follows the 14.04 release by six months and introduces improved application deployment and orchestration capabilities. The Juju orchestration system has been expanded in the Ubuntu 14.10 release, Mark Baker, Ubuntu server and cloud product manager at Canonical, explained to eWEEK. Juju, which first appeared in the Ubuntu 11.10 release in October 2011, has been steadily improved ever since. With Juju, administrators build and leverage what is known as "charms," which define how a service can be configured and deployed. In the Utopic Unicorn, Juju now has the ability to "charm" Hadoop big data deployments, making it easier for server administrators to deploy big data processing and analytics. Juju isn't just for deploying Linux-only workloads anymore either: The orchestration system can now deploy Microsoft Windows Server-based workloads, Baker said. "A key part of our strategy is to enable administrators to use Ubuntu tools to manage multiple workloads, irrespective of the operating system," he said.
From a bare-metal server perspective, Juju now includes a feature known as Machine View that enables administrators to see where workloads are running on physical hardware, he said.