Canonical Brings IBM DB2 Software to Ubuntu on the cloud

Virtual appliances of DB2 for Ubuntu users enable fast, easy deployment

OSCON, Portland Oregon – Canonical Ltd., the company behind Ubuntu, has launched a virtual appliance of IBM’s DB2 Express-C software running on the Ubuntu cloud computing platform in private and public cloud configurations. Canonical also announced that IBM has completed validation of the full version of DB2 software on Ubuntu 10.04 Long Term Support Server Edition.

This announcement is the latest in the growing ecosystem for Ubuntu 10.04, which launched in April with declarations of support from more than 80 organisations. Ubuntu is one of the most popular guest infrastructure layers on cloud services like Rackspace and Amazon EC2. Increasingly, it is also being deployed as the host cloud infrastructure layer (as Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud) by private organisations and ISPs. IBM DB2 Express-C software will be available however Ubuntu is deployed on a cloud.

“A virtual cloud appliance consisting of Ubuntu and DB2 Express-C will enable customers to quickly and easily set up DB2in both public and private cloud situations,” said Neil Levine, VP of Commercial Services at Canonical. “The full commercial support of DB2running on Ubuntu and physical servers is also attractive to customers as a protection to their investment.”

IBM DB2 Express-C is a no-charge community edition of DB2software. It is ideal for small businesses and multi-branch companies, as well as developers and business partners who serve these clients. DB2 Express-C can be setup quickly, is easy-to-use, and includes self-managing capabilities. It also embodies all of the core features of more scalable DB2 editions, including pure XML technology for powering Web 2.0 and SOA-based solutions.

“Customers are quickly adopting DB2software on Linux for both on-premise and cloud computing deployments,” said Robert S. Sutor, Vice President, Open Source and Linux, IBM Software Group. “The combination of Ubuntu and DB2provides users with a highly integrated and tested virtual cloud appliance.”

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Canonical provides engineering, online and professional services to Ubuntu partners and customers worldwide. As the company behind the Ubuntu project, Canonical is committed to the production and support of Ubuntu – an ever-popular and fast-growing open-source operating system. It aims to ensure that Ubuntu is available to every organisation and individual on servers, desktops, laptops and netbooks.

Canonical partners with computer hardware manufacturers to certify Ubuntu, provides migration, deployment, support and training services to businesses, and offers online services direct to end users. Canonical also builds and maintains collaborative, open-source development tools to ensure that organisations and individuals can participate fully in innovations within the open-source community. For more information, please visit www.canonical.com.