As is true of Cisco, RedHat, Rackspace and many other companies, Canonical has been steadily marrying its cloud strategy to the open source OpenStack platform. In February of last year, we discussed how Canonical was deepening its relationship with OpenStack, and it has kept doing so. Recently, Canonical released the Cloud Archive for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Server, an online software repository from which administrators can download the latest versions of OpenStack, for use with the latest long-term support (LTS) release of Ubuntu. And now, at this week's OpenStack Summit, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth announced the arrival of Ubuntu 12.10 with Folsom--the latest version of OpenStack.
Canonical has been touting the fact that several well-known companies are already running OpenStack/Ubuntu cloud deployments. And, in September the arrival of the Cloud Archive for Ubuntu LTS Server helped pave the way for Canonical to tie its whole server strategy to OpenStack development.