Ubuntu straddles clouds with AWSOME

Canonical has added a feature to the upcoming long-term support release of Ubuntu 12.04 that alleviates cloud lock-in.

Canonical has added a feature to the upcoming long-term support release of Ubuntu 12.04 that alleviates cloud lock-in.

The open-source Any Web Service Over Me (AWSOME) technology contains APIs for the OpenStack private cloud technology that work with the Amazon Web Services elastic compute (EC2) cloud, Ubuntu steward Canonical announced on Friday.

"This contribution from Canonical provides a compelling option for AWS API support and makes clear the priority that the OpenStack community places on Amazon compatibility," Randy Bias, the chief technology officer of OpenStack infrastructure provider Cloudscaling, said in a statement. "Support for Amazon Web Services compatibility is a critical component of the OpenStack ecosystem and hence important for our customers."

The technology simplifies transferring data between private clouds built around the OpenStack technology and the AWS public cloud, Canonical wrote. When used, it allows for "much faster and more straightforward [data] migration", according to the Launchpad description.

It also works with public clouds based on OpenStack, such as the HP Cloud.

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is due to be released on 26 April.

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