March 11, 2015

Canonical Deepens Partnership with Microsoft, Advances Metal-as-a-Service

There are a lot of announcements coming out of the Open Compute Project U.S. Summit this week. HP has announced new Cloudline servers that will sell for low prices and eschew the proprietary technology that the company uses in its Proliant servers. They may especially find a home in organizations standardizing on HP's Helion cloud platform.

And, also coming out of the summit, Canonical and Microsoft announced a partnership extension and demonstrated Canonical’s Metal-as-a-Server (MaaS) deployment in an open computing environment. Ubuntu’s MaaS allows users to treat physical servers like virtual machines in the cloud, turning bare metal into an elastic resource. New support means that Windows and Linux (Ubuntu, CentOS, SUSE) operating systems and application software can be one-touch provisioned on OCS hardware. Together, the two companies claim they will create a more scalable, OCP-compliant architecture to make open source deployments easier for enterprises and telecoms providers.

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