Canonical at Google Next 2017

The dramatic emergence of open source software, together with the SaaS deployment model and cloud computing, has greatly reduced software costs for enterprises, but that has also created new challenges. As many organizations have come to understand, Big Software—dynamic scale-out software architectures such as big data, Openstack or Kubernetes—is a phase change in the rising scale and complexity of operations. And with that rising complexity, comes an escalating operations cost that in some cases cancels out or even dwarfs the savings in licenses.

This week at the Google NEXT 2017 conference in San Francisco, we will be demonstrating how we approach this challenge, focusing on:

Kubernetes made easy

The Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes is the pure upstream experience, aimed at making operations simple. There are no modifications, no delays in getting the latest updates, and workloads can be supported with enterprise-grade SLAs. All of the code is 100% free software, and is included in Kubernetes itself. That means just a pure Kubernetes experience that’s community-maintained and supported by the experts at Canonical.

What is also special, apart from the optional support and enterprise SLAs from Canonical, is the ability to deploy a full Kubernetes architecture in minutes, using a few simple commands on our Juju CLI or canvas, whether in the bootstrapped or hosted version.

Model-driven operations with Juju use shared, open source operations code for common components, so companies can focus precious resources on creating software that is unique to their business.

Efficiency, security, and peace of mind for production workloads on Ubuntu

Support is about more than just getting the latest patches, updates, and versions—consider hidden costs to upgrade software, including downtime, scheduling, and planning. Available through our online support shop or by contacting us, Ubuntu Advantage (UA) is our professional support package that provides:

  • Landscape for efficient systems management and patching
  • Up to 24/7 telephone and online support, with enterprise SLAs
  • Canonical Livepatch Service, for applying critical kernel patches without rebooting
  • Access to the Canonical knowledge base and support portal
  • IP legal assurance

In addition, users of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, which is going end-of-life in late April of this year, can remain supported with critical security updates by signing up for Ubuntu Advantage support.

Come talk to us at booth A22 at the Google NEXT 2017 event, March 8-10.

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At Canonical, Alex is responsible for the Ubuntu Certified Public Cloud (CPC) program in the Americas, the focus of this is enabling the best possible Ubuntu experience - from simple virtual machines, containers, through to full service modelling. Having begun his software career in the Oil and Gas sector in Aberdeen, Scotland, Alex joined Canonical from running the UK division of a Danish software company in the Finance sector from the City of London. Outside of Canonical Alex has a passion for coaching Business Development best practice.

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