Canonical: No plans for public cloud

Ubuntu-backer Canonical does not plan to offer a platform-as-a-service service, unlike its open-source rival Red Hat."Canonical doesn't intend to offer a public cloud as part of our business strategy," Jane Silber, the company's chief executive, said on Wednesday.

Ubuntu-backer Canonical does not plan to offer a platform-as-a-service service, unlike its open-source rival Red Hat.

"Canonical doesn't intend to offer a public cloud as part of our business strategy," Jane Silber, the company's chief executive, said on Wednesday. "We have no plans to do that right now."

Because of Canonical's close ties with the OpenStack cloud project, it doesn't want to go down the Red Hat route, Silber said.

Red Hat released a beta platform-as-a-service public cloud named OpenShift in May. It launched with two free beta versions — Express and Flex — though a more powerful and probably commercial variant, named Power, is yet to appear.

Like Red Hat, Canonical makes money by supporting enterprises that use open source software and has a keen interest in broadening the technologies that use its own particular flavour of Linux. A public cloud would present another avenue for people to become familiar with its technology.

"Ubuntu, with OpenStack on top, powers multiple public clouds today," Silber said. "We're the infrastructure HP is using, Rackspace as well."

There's a small chance Canonical could host a cloud for developers "as an OpenStack testbed" in the future, she said, but "it would be a devops orientated cloud, not Canonical suddenly becoming a public cloud provider."

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