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Canonical reveals more about its managed cloud service, Bootstack

Offers to build and manage clouds on customer premises or hosted at Softlayer
Wed Sep 03 2014, 11:32
BootStack offers a way for firms to get started with their own cloud

UK SOFTWARE HOUSE Canonical has revealed more details about its upcoming offer to build and manage Openstack cloud computing systems for a fee of $15 per host server per day.

Now renamed Bootstack, the offering is still in private beta. When it is fully available, the service will see Canonical engineers building and managing complete Openstack infrastructure as a service (Iaas) private clouds for customers, to their specifications and using their choice of hardware.

Bootstack was first announced under the Your Cloud branding by Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth during a keynote at the Openstack Summit in Atlanta in May. Not only has the name now changed, but Canonical is offering customers the option of having their private cloud hosted by IBM's SoftLayer cloud division, as an alternative to having it built and operated inside their own data centre.

In a posting on the Ubuntu Insights blog, Canonical cloud marketing manager Sally Radwan explained that Bootstack (short for build, operate, and optionally transfer) will make it easier for a customer to get up and running with a cloud platform, and take over the operational management at some point in the future, if required.

"Canonical will manage the cloud for you for a fixed price, relieving you from the pain of recruiting and training Openstack staff. When your team is ready to take over your cloud operations, Canonical will transfer it to your care. It's the best way to get up and running quickly on Openstack," she said.

Bootstack can deliver a test cloud using as few as five host servers for proof-of-concept purposes, but it can also deliver an enterprise-scale production cloud, backed by 24/7 management and support, Canonical said.

The $15 per host server per day fee excludes the hardware or hosting costs, but does include service level agreements (SLAs) so that Canonical takes responsibility for the uptime and responsiveness of the customer's cloud infrastructure.

Organisations interested in Canonical's Bootstack offering can get in touch with the firm to find out more details via its website. µ


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