CANONICAL and Oracle have announced a joint venture aimed at speeding up cloud adoption.
The companies have made an agreement to provide enterprises with greater flexibility in the way they develop and deploy large-scale workloads on Oracle Cloud.
The move sees Ubuntu images available on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace, so that customers can quickly get hold of the software they need to make the cloud work for them. Canonical has pledged to make images available on the Marketplace within minutes of their general release.
The companies have worked together to ensure maximum optimisation between Oracle Cloud and Ubuntu, with Ubuntu recognised as a gold partner in the Oracle Partner Network.
Udi Nachmany, head of certified public cloud at Canonical, said: "Aside from the obvious cost savings inherent in open source cloud development, one of the key benefits of using official Ubuntu images is that customers use the same operating system at scale in production as in development, at no additional cost, which dramatically simplifies cross-substrate management, migration and re-engineering.
"Organisations may want to deploy their servers on-premises, develop their own private cloud in-house, or use the Oracle Cloud. Ubuntu offers this flexibility."
In addition, Ubuntu users will be able to use the Advantage Virtual Guest service to get support from any machine - real or virtual - running on the cloud.
"Ubuntu Advantage Virtual Guest offers end users full enterprise-grade support - whether on a virtual machine, Docker-style or full-system container, public cloud, private cloud or on-premise, LTS or interim version, and systems management through Landscape," Nachmany said.
The companies believe that by offering certified images in a "grab and go" format, enterprises can be assured that they have the latest accreditations, security updates and, of course, access to Canonical's support network.
Canonical claims to have the fastest security patch rate of any Linux provider for added reassurance. µ
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