Ubuntu 12.10, due in October, said to be 'Cloud for Human Beings'

Ubuntu 12.10, due in October, said to be 'Cloud for Human Beings'

Summary: At LinuxCon 2012, and CloudOpen, Canonical touted its pioneering work with OpenStack and said it intends to position its next platform - Ubuntu 12.10 in October -- with Juju and Charm technologies as the Cloud for human beings, much the way it positions its current OS as Linux for human beings. Its five-month-old Ubuntu 12.04 was the first commercial distribution to incorporate OpenStack.

TOPICS: Ubuntu

Canonical, which prides itself as the first company to build and sell a commercial OpenStack product, expects to deliver its next generation 12.10 release in October as the 'Cloud for Human Beings.

In addition to OpenStack support, the 12.10 release will also feature the company's Juju and Charms development technologies that make application development for the cloud easier, said Kyle MacDonald, vice president of Cloud at Canoical, at LinuxCon Wedensday.

"You'll see more technologies like Juju in 12.10," he said. "JuJu makes creating and developing applications easy and relaibasle and you don't have to know the details [such as juje makes creating and dve apps easy and reliable and dont have to know details .. and you can easily move from one cloud to another.

Here's how the Canonical web site describes these JuJu and Charms technologies:

"After working with leading cloud providers like Amazon and Rackspace for years, we’ve developed Juju, a game-changing service orchestration toolset, that enables the knowledge connected with an application—dependencies, relations and platform configuration—to be encapsulated in a charm," the Linux company's web site said.

"A Juju charm is a collection of pre-written instructions that deploys a cloud service. More than 50 are already available, for services including Hadoop, PostgreSQL and Drupal."

Canonical is deploying its Ubuntu 12.10 OpenStack distribution with Rackspace, HP and Dell and offers with partners enterprise support for the OpenStack offering on HP servers and availability of the Dell Openstack Ubuntu Cloud solution, MacDonald said. 

"We're putting serious bets behind openStack," MacDonald said. 

Linux rivals Red Hat and SUSE also have OpenStack distributions planned for release soon. 

The Canonical exec said parner DreamHost next week will announce a hosted cloud storage solution based on Ubuntu 12.04.


Topic: Ubuntu

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  • Exciting indeed.. But...

    I'm just not there yet... I find the idea of the cloud, saas and openstack in particular very exciting, but in terms of how i use tech, i just don't feel as though i need it given how powerful hardware is now - my tablet can do all i need from hardware.

    However as an absolute tech And linux junkie, i'm really looking forward to being proved wrong!
    • Really?

      I think you need to revisit what the cloud is in terms of this software. It's not an end user tool. It's an enterprise type tool. On the plus side, it will probably be something in a cloud that will feed your tablet data and applications.
      • No i get that...

        Sorry i was referring to the business model (we're not going to use the term enterprise here). The reference to my tablet was that it can run ( in terms of hardware, not allowing for current OS restrictions) all the software the end users at my place of business need.

        My aprehension was with the difficulty in deployment within a company such as my employer; having potentially all critical systems 100% dependant on the network is currently unacceptable; even if we got internal/external downtime to less than one instance per three quarters, the potential cost is huge.

        Also with regard to the model of external servers, again not an option, just like amazon's targeting of business back up solutions, we have whole internal networks isolated specifically not to talk to the outside world; backing it up there, processing our data there... No.

        With these restrictions, I find it difficult to perceive the need/bennifit to us. However as I sated at the end I've seen enough IT changes now to know when i see a shift comming so I look forward to being proved wrong - i'm a practicle man, I believe it when i see it running.

        Also this is definately technology end users will experience, sure most of us are business IT end users, but this also has potential future bennifits for the home ecosystem - especially as the mobile smart device revolution continues again,hence the excitement.
  • relaibasle? juje? dve?

    You know, I'm never one to complain about typos. And if this were a long article I would excuse them entirely. Honestly, this post is like 10 sentences long and I stopped reading after hitting that many errors in one sentence.

    12.10 will be slightly more awesome than 12.04. 'nuff said, really.
    • I was thinking the same thing.

      I had to stop and re-read it to make sure they were typos ... really - a conversation like these I can understand but an article you type proof-read and then submit to editor (assumed!) proof-reads and that many typos get through. Wow...
  • Cloud for the masses is coming

    It has been wonderful to watch cloud software get easier to install and use. Nimbula still seems to be the easiest, but the others are gaining ground quickly. In terms of the market for easy to install and use private/hybrid clouds, the game is just beginning. The current battleground is traditional datacenters with lots of hardware and tons of users. However, there is a shift already happening in the market and ease of overall use from admin and user perspectives will be key to adoption. The enabling technology for coming down market into the broader SMB, departmental and educational spaces will be MicroServers. In the very near future, with MicroServers, organizatons of all sizes will be able to create a Private or Hybrid Cloud very inexpensively. Small organizations may not need multi-tenancy as much as they can benefit from the management and orchestration that is built into cloud solutions, so there is distinct value in adopting cloud environments. Those features, plus being able to "burst" into public clouds or even colocation environments when the need arises, means SMB's can have very economical and robust local compute environments for very little cost compared to how they may have to do it today. Once these MicroServer reference architectures are solidified and an SMB can buy a complete COTS multi-node cloud solution that runs 30 or more virtual machines for under $10,000.00 , this entire cloud segment will expand dramatically. The first example of a MicroServer Cloud Platform - http://www.crikit.info
    Cloud Guy