AMERICA'S SECOND biggest telecoms company has announced that it is switching to Ubuntu for its infrastructure.
AT&T, which has been around in its current form since 2005, has selected Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system, "to be part of an effort to drive innovation in the network and cloud", beating rivals such as Microsoft Azure and IBM to the punch.
John Zannos, vice president of cloud alliances and business development at Canonical, said: "This is important for Canonical. AT&T’s scalable and open future network uses the best of Canonical innovation.
"AT&T selecting us to support its effort in cloud, enterprise applications and the network provides the opportunity to innovate with AT&T around the next generation of the software-centric network and cloud solutions.
"Ubuntu is the operating system of the cloud and this relationship allows us to bring our engineering expertise around Ubuntu, cloud and open source to AT&T."
Ubuntu will provide a fully supported Ubuntu offering for a range of services across cloud, network and enterprise applications.
The company also offers quad-play for consumers across fixed-line, broadband, mobile and TV after finalising the purchase of DirecTV last summer.
"By tapping into the latest technologies and open principles, AT&T's network of the future will deliver what our customers want, when they want it," said Toby Ford, assistant vice president of cloud technology, strategy and planning at AT&T.
"We’re reinventing how we scale by becoming simpler and modular, similar to how applications have evolved in cloud data centres. Open source and OpenStack innovations represent a unique opportunity to meet these requirements, and Canonical’s cloud and open source expertise make them a good choice for AT&T."
The news is a big boost for open source Ubuntu, giving opportunities for some of its largest rollout yet of products including Ubuntu 15.10 Server Edition and Snappy Ubuntu Core for Internet of Things sensors. µ
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