Canonical Sets 'New Bar for Efficiency' with Ubuntu Advantage for Infrastructure
Recently, Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu, introduced Ubuntu Advantage (UA) for Infrastructure, which consolidates open infrastructure support and security offerings and "covers the full range of open source infrastructure capabilities for up to 10 years."
With three different levels available -- UA Infrastructure Essential, UA Infrastructure Standard and UA Infrastructure Advanced -- the new approach aims to drive down the costs of large-scale Linux enterprise operations and sets "a new bar for efficiency." The company also says that it "stands in direct contrast to the complexity and cost of offerings from Red Hat and VMware, which require additional licenses per host or per VM for capabilities like OpenStack and Kubernetes."
According to the announcement, the three levels offer the following support:
UA Infrastructure Essential: Covers regulatory compliance for Linux and infrastructure components including base Docker images, without adding the cost of support. It also provides a stream of kernel live patches and security fixes for system services and libraries.
UA Infrastructure Standard and Advanced: Technical support for open infrastructure, the development of long-term fixes to specific defects, and legal assurance.
"A surge of customers adding Ubuntu to their list of officially supported operating systems has given us the volume to simplify our infrastructure security and support offering, and lower the average cost per machine even further," said Mark Shuttleworth, CEO at Canonical, in a prepared statement.
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Wendy Hernandez is group managing editor for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.