Ubuntu Advantage for Infrastructure Debuts
April 30, 2019
Advantage for Infrastructure is a consolidated enterprise security,
compliance and support offering that covers the full range of open
source infrastructure capabilities for up to 10 years.
“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.
The new approach continues Canonical’s tradition of driving down costs
and sets a new bar for efficiency in large-scale Linux enterprise
operations. 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.
“Aggregating Linux, Kubernetes, Docker, OpenStack, KVM, Ceph and SWIFT
security update and support offerings into a single package enables
businesses to evolve from traditional infrastructure to private cloud
and container operations without introducing any new cost,” said Stephan
Fabel, Director of Product at Canonical.
Long-term security updates and maintenance
customers who do not need technical support, the Essential level of UA
for Infrastructure provides a stream of kernel live patches and security
fixes for system services and libraries including OpenStack and
Kubernetes, Ceph and SWIFT, together with FIPS and a range of
infrastructure management and operations capabilities such as
Prometheus, Grafana, Telegraf, Graylog, Filebeat, Elastic Search, MAAS
and Canonical’s Landscape systems management offering.
UA Infrastructure Essential covers regulatory compliance for Linux and
infrastructure components including base Docker images, without adding
the cost of support.
Technical support, legal assurance and break-fix engineering
The Standard and Advanced levels of UA Infrastructure include technical
support for open infrastructure, the development of long-term fixes to
specific defects, and legal assurance.
“We are moving our business towards a multi-cloud strategy built on
open-source technology to enhance our time to market, flexibility and
benefit from better economics. Partnering with Canonical to shape this
direction has enabled us to move quicker than anticipated and realise
the benefits of open source in an agile manner with the reassurance of
ongoing enterprise support,” said Luis Castro Sequeira, Head of
Infrastructure Architecture at Copa Airlines.
Fully managed infrastructure
Embracing public cloud has taught companies the value of focus on their
applications rather than their infrastructure, and has increased demand
for fully managed private cloud.
Canonical offers fully managed OpenStack, fully managed Kubernetes on
bare metal, OpenStack, VMware and public clouds, and fully managed