Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu – a platform and operating system for container, cloud and scale-out computing, and ARM – a semiconductor IP company, have announced that Ubuntu OpenStack and Ceph are now commercially available and supported on processors and servers based on 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture.
This expanded partnership will make Ubuntu OpenStack and Ceph Storage solutions, including Ubuntu Advantage support, available to address growing demand in enterprise and telco markets for ARMv8-A based enterprise solutions.
ARM and Canonical will actively work with Ubuntu certified System on Chip (SoC) partners, original design manufacturers (ODMs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to ensure production grade server systems, storage platforms and networking solutions are available in the market with Ubuntu Advantage support.
“With the growth in scale-out computing and storage, we wanted to ensure we had the best OpenStack and Ceph storage solutions and enterprise-grade support available,” said Lakshmi Mandyam, senior marketing director of server program, ARM. “The commercial availability of Ubuntu OpenStack and Ceph is another milestone that demonstrates open source software on ARM is ready for deployment now. The ARM and Canonical ecosystems can now simply write once and deploy anywhere on ARM-based servers.”
The ARM ecosystem has invested heavily in maturing the 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture and server-grade chips are now available from multiple sources. Canonical has built a solid ecosystem program which would ensure that enterprises can confidently deploy ARM-based systems from a variety of vendors all covered by Canonical’s “professional” services and support.
“We have seen our Telecom and Enterprise customers start to radically depart from traditional server design to innovative platform architectures for scale-out compute and storage. In partnering with ARM we bring more innovation and platform choice to the marketplace,” said Mark Baker, Product Manager, OpenStack, Canonical. “The next generation of scale-out applications are causing our customers to completely revisit compute and storage architectures with a focus on scale and automation. The ARM and Canonical ecosystems offer more choice in data center solutions with a range of products that can be optimized to run standard server software and the next generation of applications.”